I use multi-cultural symbolism as a means of communication, healing and historical reference to my surroundings.
Jennifer Dewey is a jewelry designer and metalsmith, residing in Telluride, CO since 2004. Earning a BA in Communication Arts, with a minor in Psychology, from Ripon College in 1988, she now operates a jewelry design studio and trade shop in Telluride – “Jenn Dewey Designs”. Jennifer’s professional life has ranged from non-profit event planning and development, Fortune 500 public relations, art gallery management and product development - to full time bench jeweler and in-house goldsmith. Making jewelry with her mother since early childhood, Jennifer has since been mentored and/or employed by the following jewelers and artisans - Harold O’Connor, Valentin Yotkov, Beau Staley (Dolce Jewels - Telluride), Tony Newlin, Thomas Mann, Margo Manning, Merry Pierce-Lowrey and more. Her work has been exhibited through Stronghouse Studios (Telluride), Dolce Jewels (Telluride), Bounty Hunter (Telluride), Velvet DaVinci’s Anti-War Medal Show (San Francisco), I/O Gallery (New Orleans), New Orleans Arts Council Gallery, Bayou Trading Galleries (New Orleans), Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts - Museum Store (Madison, WI), Telluride’s AIDS Benefit Fashion Shows, Arroyo Gallery - Art & Architecture Weekend (Telluride), and many juried art and music shows across the U.S. A regular donor of her jewelry pieces for non-profit fundraising, Jennifer is also overseeing the set-up of AhHaa Art School’s permanent jewelry studio - teaching three, introductory, jewelry making classes during AhHaa’s 2013 Winter Session - as well as a small-scale metal casting class. Recipient of Fashion Group International’s Alpha Award for her “Harmony Rosette Baby Rattle” in sterling silver and pearls, Jennifer is an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Colorado Metalsmithing Association (COMA), Ethical Metalsmiths… and an advocate for the use of recycled noble metals, fair-trade mining practices and ethically sourced gems across the jewelry industry. When not busy at the workbench, or attending trade conferences, Jennifer enjoys camping; hiking; spending time with family and friends; scuba diving, surfing and sailing; travel: experiencing the arts and cuisine of different cultures; gem collecting; volunteerism; serving as board member/wildlife transporter for Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue (501c3).