Copper and Silver Wire
Each piece of fine art jewelery by Tana Acton is created from a single “thread” of precious metal, either sterling silver, 12k gold-filled, or copper.
The filament is wrapped precisely and tautly on it frame structure or “loom” in a technique typically associated with thread or a similar textile. The pieces may or may not have a kinetic element housed in the structure or riding on the crossing wires. The fabric created has a faceted effect from the light finding each individual crossing, yet leaving space and air to breathe through each piece.
Tana Acton has lived a life focused on creative and artistic expression.
She was born in Birmingham, Michigan to Cranbrook Art School parents and schooled at home and through-out the U.S. and abroad. In Florence, Italy, she studied with Tomaso after studying silversmithing in Haystack’s high school program with Glenda Arentzen. Later, Tana earned an Antioch College BFA in painting and completed the Parsons School of Design Fashion Design program.
Both as an artist and entrepreneur, she started with craft fairs at the age of 16. Tana then progressed to graphic artist, dance, choreography, painting and eventually fashion design for some of New York’s leading knitwear and house-ware companies.
Through her unique perspective as designer/choreographer she combines air, movement and light to create pieces that are at once delicate and yet solid. Tana’s jewelry line is contemporary, lightweight, affordable and can be worn casually or dressed up. Her work is featured in fine craft galleries, museum stores and boutiques throughout the U.S.