About Ellen Cohen Design (new)

Artist Statement

From my earliest childhood memories of shadow shapes on my bedroom wall and gathering pansy seeds in the garden, to my annual off-the-grid camping trips in coastal Maine, or walking in New York City, I have cultivated a lifelong practice of attention to my environment.

My impressions of the world around me are the seeds from which my work blooms. I carry these mental snapshots—textures of rocks, grasses, trees, and layers of paint on urban architecture—to my bench as indirect influences. Working intuitively, I arrange colorful stones, textured silver and gold, and bold shapes until they harmoniously coalesce as bold, organically inspired, wearable artworks made from recycled and reclaimed silver and gold, and conscientiously sourced stones.

My jewelry engages with sustainability not simply as a material choice, but as a deeper metaphor for the fragile connections that link my practice to the planet, my work to the wearer, and all living beings to the ecosystems we coexist within.

 

Ellen and her dog Cooper

Bio

My jewelry practice draws on my expertise as an award-winning graphic designer and my deep sense of connection to the earth’s ecologies. My reverence for my surroundings is not merely an aesthetic source; it feeds my passion for working sustainably and ethically, using recycled, reclaimed, and fair mined silver and gold.