MARIA EIFE

"Combining traditional craft skill and values with new technologies, I aim to create elegant, playful and structurally complex adornments that compliment the wearer and intrigue the viewer. My most recent collection, Loops and Cages, is the result of virtual, three-dimensional building. Using CAD software, I create complex forms that are printed in plastics or wax, and later dyed or cast in precious metals. I use computer aided design in combination with traditional crafts skills to create complicated forms that require these tools to exist.”  Maria Eife

  

MARIA EIFE is a Philadelphia-based jewelry designer and maker. She graduated in 2000 from Tyler School of Art with a degree in Jewelry/Metals/CAD-CAM. Her business was launched in 2010 with the Binary Collection, a line of laser-cut wool felt jewelry using binary code as a design element. Her work has been featured in Lark Books 500 Felt Objects and American Craft Magazine. She was awarded the Editors Choice Award the World Maker Faire in 2011, and has been an invited artist at the American Craft Council Show, CraftBoston, and the Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Show.

 

 


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Education

  • 1997-2000 Tyler School of Art Temple University, BFA, Jewelry/Metals
  • 1998 Temple University Rome
  • 1995-1997 The College of New Jersey

 

Awards

  • 2011 Maker Faire Editors Choice Award

 

Exhibitions

2014

  • "Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair", Amsterdam
  • "The 3-D Print", Juried Group Show, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
  • "The Magic of Making: Adornment", Curated Group Show, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
  • "SNAG Conference Trunk Show", Minneapolis
  • "Germantown Friends School Craft Show"
  • "50/50", Curated Group Show, The Gray Gallery, East Carolina University Greenville, NC

2013

  • "Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show"
  • "CraftBoston", invited artist
  • "Design & Self Manufacturing", Curated Group Show, Minima Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • "American Craft Council Show San Francisco"
  • "3D Printed Jewelry", Group Show, Shaw Gallery, Maine| "Earrings Galore 2013", Heidi Lowe Gallery, DE | "Making it Real", Group Show, OCAD University, Toronto
  • "SNAG Conference Trunk Show", Toronto
  • "American Craft Council Show", Baltimore

2012

  • "Trunk Show", Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago
  • "Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show"
  • "Multiples Exhibition 2012", Heidi Lowe Gallery
  • "SNAG Conference Tunk Show", Phoenix
  • "American Craft Council Show Baltimore", invited artist

 

Publications

2013

  • American Craft Magazine: Number Crunchers. August/September 2013

2011

  • 500 Felt Objects: Creative Explorations of a Remarkable Material. Lark Books

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of North American Goldsmiths
  • American Craft Council
  • Art Jewelry Forum