Melding the antiquated method of tintype photography with traditional jewelry making techniques, Megan McGaffigan creates objects of adornment that touch on ideas of tradition, sentiment, and longing. Megan McGaffigan is a jeweler and metalsmith working in the Portland, OR metro area.
"I am interested in creating intimate objects that attribute sentiment to things, places, or times that no longer exist. I am drawn to the idea of an unexceptional material being laced with something precious.”
She holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from Montana State University and an MFA from California College of the Arts in Jewelry & Metal Arts. Her one-of-a-kind work has been exhibited nationally and is included in private and public collections including the Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI).
Siamese Sisters Earrings
Earrings in platinum sterling silver (5%), Coffin Rose cut diamonds (1.54ct & 1.6ct), black diamonds, and antique tintype photograph. 2 x .5 x .15". Exhibit: Signs of Life 2018
Pearl Necklace & Brooch Pendant
Necklace and brooch in platinum sterling silver (5% platinum), artist-made and antique tintypes, freshwater pearls, spinel, baroque pearls, and silk. Necklace: 2 x 16 x .15". Brooch/Pendant: 4.5 x 2.25 x .15". Exhibit: Signs of Life 2018