Meet Our 2016 Scholarship Recipient

The January meeting included a presentation by Cory O'Brien Borkowski, recipient of the 2016 LBS Scholarship. Borkowski is a senior in UWM's Peck School of the Arts' Jewelry and Metalsmithing Program planning to graduate in December 2017.

Borkowski began by describing her path into the metals and jewelry field and credited her father, an artist, with nurturing her artisitic ideas early-on. She began as a 2D artist with her favorite art form lomography, a special type of photography using a toy camera and film. She showed a few of her photos using this analogue style of photography which allows double exposures and other creative in-camera techniques. 
Her love of lomography and travel (she had just returned from her honeymoon in Thailand) lead her into working with maps - using their shapes and colors for inspiration.

She found her first metals class challenging. She persisted and grew to love the possibilities it offers including powder coating. She moved from using topographic maps for surface decoration to incorporating the map shapes in the art objects she creates. Her current jewelry line uses those map shapes. She sells her work on her website and at Gallery 326 in the Third Ward among other venues.

Borkowski's process begins with computer software before the shape is transfered to brass which she hand-cuts and then powder coats. She is currently setting-up a powder coating lab in her home and works part time as an apprentice goldsmith for Kesslers.

Members were able to ask questions and see some of Borkowski's work up close.


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