Formerly from West Virginia, Nan Bedick has had a lifelong interest in art that led to 30 years as a weaver and fiber artist, and more recently, painter and jewelry designer.
• Ornament chosen for the WV Christmas tree, Washington, DC, permanent collection.
• Art piece chosen for the Erma yrd Gallery of West Virginia Women Artist, permanent collection.
Fusing, hammering and manipulating fine silver wire is very basic but the “what ifs” of designing with that wire is when the fun begins. I approach the design very much as I would a painting. Always considering how the elements relate to the whole.
Although most of my pieces are made of silver and semiprecious stones, I will also at times incorporate bits of shell, sea glass, and beach pebbles that I find in my travels. I’m always on the look out for materials to use in unexpected ways.
I also, to a lesser extent, work with bronze wire, argentium silver wire and sterling silver. Most recently I’ve been designing pieces with copper, cold enamel and resin.