I'm a sucker for a fabulous pair of bold, dangling silver earrings. If you are too, then you need to visit the talented Jody Sachs at Artists & Makers Studios where she tempers boldness of form with delicate, rippling textures that hint at her other passion: science. A&M holds First Friday receptions each month unless the Friday falls on a holiday. See dates and details here.
A resident of Rockville for more than 20 years, Jody started making jewelry in the 1970s, and was inspired by cells at a microscopic level, the connections these cells make, and how all life forms have many cell structures and connections in common. You can easily see that her work is influenced by nature, light, and the idea of permanence. And she's a wonderful person I'm really glad to have met at the studio! Keep reading to learn more about Jody and her wonderful work...
Why do you make art?
I like forming metal by hand in silver and gold, transforming them into literally “precious” objects. I enjoy playing with the interaction of their shapes, to make wearable art (earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets). I love the hard process of changing the shape of metal from two dimensions to three dimensions. Sometimes I find that I have an image of what I am ready to make in my head, and I just have to dedicate time to get the image that I see in my head, to get the metal fabricated so others can see what I see in my head. It is beautiful when they see it, also.
Some artists make a piece they would never sell. Tell us about yours.
I designed a two-finger ring that is a Jewish wedding ring, symbolic of a wedding contract, of a wife agreement to make a new home, in a commitment to marry (ring pictured below). It is made of sterling silver, and is shaped like a castle. “Your home is your castle.” It is a wearable piece of art, and was really not meant to be worn as a practical piece of jewelry. I knew this when I designed the ring, but wanted to make a piece of art, so I did. It was a challenge for me to construct the work technically, and that was another reason I made the piece; it pushed me beyond my limits. I like being challenged to go beyond what I thought I was capable of. It is truly a piece of art.
What's something people who aren't familiar with you/your work should know about you?
I love art and science. I have a doctorate degree in science/medicine (podiatric medicine). I worked for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), NIH, and FDA in the areas of clinical translational science, and drug and vaccine development for the past 25 years. I found myself returning to my love of metalsmith and jewelry design. When I started to make jewelry in the 1970s, I was excited and inspired by cells, at a microscopic level. The connections these cells make, and how all life forms have many cell structures and connections in common. I am inspired by nature and the beauty of the simplest forms. This includes the way light reflects off of objects and creates colors and patterns. I like the permanence of metal and creating something you can use and enjoy wearing for a very long time.
What are your biggest influences and why?
I grew up in a wooded area, and now enjoy living in a secluded wooded area. I draw my inspiration from nature and my surroundings, and the changing seasons. Sometimes it is the leaves and trees, other times the plants and insects, and other times water and underwater life forms.
What advice do you have for other artists?
Don’t give up on yourself and your inspirations. Don’t ever feel inferior, or not good enough. Get outside your head and just do it! Create!
At left: "Falling Leaves" - Cooper fold-form, wood and canvas, 48 x 30 Inches, 2014
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an artist in the metro DC area?
I love being an artist in the metro DC area. There is so much variety of mediums and artists here. I enjoy being part of an artist community at Artists & Makers Studios. I love the interactions I have with the other artists and their feedback, as well as feeling inspired by seeing their work. Disadvantages: There is an art show every week to attend, if I am not in one, my friends are. Too much to see, not enough time to create...
What's the most valued tool in your art business tool kit and why?
My website, and Facebook postings of my shows.
What easy but smart strategy or resource (besides social media) helps you get the word out about your art?
Create a good website, that others can see your work, and contact you. Then post new pictures of your work often.
Thanks so much, Jody, for sharing a glimpse into your creative world! Below are 14k Gold Fold-form Earrings "Whirl wind" from 2014. You can connect with Jody at: