From art jewelry and hand illuminated artist books to bespoke architectural metal installations for one of the world’s largest super yachts, I meticulously craft each highly intricate piece in recycled gold, silver, or copper, ethically mined stones, pigments, paper, or parchment.
My wearable work is an external display of feminine power that emboldens the wearer to show his/her own unique spirit. I visually juxtapose forms both familiar and unexplored to provide a transcendent quality that is inextricably tied to the four elements of fire, air, earth and water.
Growing up with jazz and classical musicians led me to experiment with complex, fugue-like, visual compositions which are informed by my love of music, architecture, nature, and astronomy. By utilizing demanding and intensive, hands on metalsmithing techniques I counter society’s impulse for immediacy. Many of my pieces take months or even years to complete. The journey to the final object must be equally worthy of the result.
Victoria Lansford is a polymath, internationally known for her meticulous and original metalwork, as well as her illumination, calligraphic, and unique book work. An established writer of non fiction and instructional material, Victoria has created a world wide renaissance for ancient Metalsmithing techniques through her videos, books, and workshops.
Her award winning artwork ranges in scale from wearable art jewelry and hand illuminated artist books to bespoke architectural metal installations for one of the world’s largest super yachts. Her art has been widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Wayne Arts Center, the Mulvane Art Museum, the von Liebig Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Museum and in numerous publications, including the Lark 500 book series, Metalsmith and Jewelry Artist magazines, Repousse and Chasing (Brynmorgen Press), On Body and Soul: Contemporary Amulets to Armor (Schiffer Publishing) and on Home and Garden Television.
Victoria created the metals program and served as head of the Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta from 1997-2004, was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, and served as a 2015 Saul Bell Design Award finals judge.
Her instructional publications in the series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, including Russian Filigree (DVD, 2006), Rings (DVD, 2008), All Chained Up (paperback, 2008), Eastern Repoussé and Chasing (DVD, 2009) and her iPhone™ app, iMakeJewelry have sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.
Victoria earned her Bachelor of Arts in jewelry design and silversmithing at Georgia State University in 1993 where she studied with Richard Mafong and Gia Gogishvilli. Her artwork is in private collections around the world and is available in art galleries and through this website. She creates and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Read Victoria’s blog Crafting an Artful Life: Imaginative Musings on Creativity