"I believe that these external artifacts with which we adorn ourselves can emphasize the presence and radiance within women and men. There is a Timeless quality, just in the very act of making jewelry, and the act of holding it, appreciating it, wearing it. That exchange between the adorner, the adoring, and the adornment, is a rich, tremendous ritual that spans the multicultural tapestry of humanity. To frame what is beautiful in us, to adorn oneself with relative, finite works of art that represent and remind us of the Beauty that surrounds us."
A master of Bronze Age gold and silversmithing techniques, Victoria Lansford creates one-of-a-kind wearable pieces of art and art objects that recall the mystery and splendor of the ancient world, yet bring forth her own provocative vision. Although her materials, techniques, and inspirations are of ancient origins, her designs transcend culture and time.
With 16 years of comprehensive exploration in this medium she has pushed the boundaries of design and execution in many old world techniques. One of the few people in the U.S. accomplished in ancient techniques, including Eastern RepoussÃ©, Russian Filigree, and Granulation, Victoria brings a level of skill and creativity to her art that few in the world even approach. Although this Bronze Age technology is informed by a deeper awareness, in Victoria‘s process of concept to manifestation there are no short cuts, NO wax casting, and NO molds. Each exquisite piece is entirely handwrought, including the chains, and each is an act of passionate devotion.
Victoria holds a BA in studio art from Georgia State University. She believes in the importance of preserving the knowledge of these arts, offering a variety of workshops for gilds, schools, and art centers. She currently teaches at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, where she served as head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing department, creating its comprehensive program, from 1997 to 2004. She has also served as adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to metalsmithng, this Renaissance woman works professionally in many media in both the visual and performing arts, including drawing, painting, collage, and photography. Formerly a professional jazz and modern dancer, Victoria gave up the spotlight for the torch but currently studies bellydance and considers it a key component of her spiritual practice.
Victoria‘s award winning work is collected world wide and is available through art galleries throughout the US and at her website, www.victorialansford.com. She lives in Atlanta, where she serves as head of the Atlanta Integral Salon, and homeschools her young son, Skyler.
Also check out Rommel De Leon's B-SCAN interview with Victoria on his blog.