A lot has gone on since Hanna Sandin graduated RISD back in ‘03.
Her abstract sculptures and mobiles, which elevate everyday objects (i.e., mop heads, paper cups, and fan blades) through beautiful spatial composition, have earned her an Emerging Artists Fellowship from New York’s Socrates Sculpture Park, plus exhibitions at MOMA P.S. 1, and spots in various Paris shows. But we must admit -- what really strikes a chord is Sandin’s more wearable work: jewelry.
“My personal sensibility for materials and forms developed organically from making sculpture,” she says of the evolution. “Playing around as an artist gave me a very easy touch that I think translates into the aesthetic of the line. Also my interest in modular forms, repetition, and subtle variation are elaborated within the vocabulary of shapes that I use over and over in each collection.”
Sandin finds jewelry design inspiration in second-hand costume jewelry, which she deconstructs, distills to its most simple profile, and builds upon.
“My production is very simple,” say Sandin. “There are some deadstock warehouses that I go to look at small metal parts for ideas on how pieces can fit together, but for the most part, I try to start with a simple drawing, and stock base metal.
“Though I often look at found parts, usually I begin by either cutting the initial set of shapes from from sheet metal or wax. From wax, I cast these directly into base metal and refine the form. Some pieces are soldered together before molds [created in NYC’s jewelry district] are made.
“I assemble pieces in the studio, and generally they get boxed and sent out from there.”
The result? Modern necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more composed of slightly irregular primary shapes, for a distinguishably homemade warmth.
“I wear something Samma everyday,” says Sandin, who launched her brand when she realized she couldn’t leave her house without a triangle necklace she casually made.
With style she describes as understated, classic, and sometimes even ‘boring,’ Sandin craved one totally mindless complete set of jewelry. “I really hate putting something on and feeling indecisive, or that its ‘too much.’ I can put on [Samma pieces] with out any doubts with any ensemble, any shoes, any belt or bag and run out the door.”