Goldsmith Dyhan Sherri returns to Karats in Vail
VAIL CO, Colorado
The allure of gold has transformed many lives over the centuries. Gold has transformed Dyhan Sherri’s life, and the jewelry she makes using the precious metal certainly influences other peoples lives.
Sherri’s designs reference many symbols from ancient cultures –Egyptian mythology, Babylonian and cuneiform traditions, even going back to the Greeks. She said she often finds that the people who wear her designs find some kind of meaning in symbols that translates to their modern lives.
“People that are attracted to my work often are looking for something to wear that means something to them,” she said. “Sometimes people are just attracted to a symbol without knowledge of what it represents.”
Sherri will visit Karats, a working studio gallery in Vail Village, for a trunk show today through Sunday. Karat’s owner and founder, Dan Telleen believes Sherri’s work fits perfectly within the aesthetic ethos of the Karats repertoire.
“A theme at Karats is time and evolution and Dyhan’s work fits perfectly into that,” he said. “Her method is very basic. She starts with a chunk of pure 24-karat gold, alloys it to 22 karats and then makes everything she needs from there whether it’s wire, chain links, clasps – everything that’s part of the piece is from scratch. She uses centuries-old approaches, which contributes to the character of her work in the producing pieces that look like they could be from a museum or an archaeologists’ dig.”
Sherri does incorporate gems into her work but gold is the only metal she uses. Originally Sherri was a painter and sculptor, but she always admired ancient art forms.
“(I) had my own desire to ear the old tribal and ancient jewelry,” she said. “One thing led to another and soon I was making jewelry. Then I moved overseas to Japan and traveled to other Asian countries. When I came back, I continued studying and making jewelry, first for myself, then family and friends and the next thing I knew people were placing orders. My own style really came after learning how to copy ancient goldsmiths of various ancient cultures.”
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