Terri Parson

Biography

Terri Parson lives in Heber Springs with her “maker” husband (Crystal Forest Instruments) and their energetic miniature schnauzer. They moved from Nebraska to the Ozark foothills in 2007 to enjoy beautiful Greers Ferry Lake and the abundant natural resources of Arkansas. Parson and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring the natural world, which energizes her creativity. She works out of her home studio tucked away in the forest. She has been a juried member of the Arkansas Craft Guild since 2009.

About my jewelry:

I sculpt all the components in my wearable art from a very strong and durable polymer art medium. This medium starts out as pliable clay that comes in a variety of colors that I mix like paint to achieve limitless hues. I employ a variety of techniques that I have developed and honed over twenty years, including using my own handmade texture plates from organic material I collect. The special characteristics of the art clay and the surface techniques that I employ allow me to imitate the look of stone, metal, wood, fabric, glass, bone, and other organic materials. People often ask me if I have painted the surface of my pieces, but the color is actually suspended in the composition of the clay. Depending on the sculpting technique I use, this can create incredible visual depth – much like holographic images. Once I’ve created the individual components for my pieces, they are heat-cured to a hard and durable state, so I can then sand and polish them depending on my design goals. The last phase of design involves engineering the actual construction. Since each piece is one-of-kind, it is often a slow process of problem-solving connections, selecting complementary cording, forging metal findings, and constantly assessing balance and wearability. Each piece within my collections has its own story – from nature’s inspiration to art created to be worn. Each piece is sent into the world with love and the hope that it promotes meaningful connections and conversation.

Parson’s artwear has been shown in galleries, at art shows in Arkansas and Nebraska, in private shows and exhibits, and online.

Artist’s statement

Experiencing the details of nature has always been a source of spiritual renewal for me. Nature has a bold and exciting history rich with layers of color, pattern, and texture. It is a never-ending source of inspiration for my art. From early childhood, I always had a passion for designing and sewing unique fashion clothing. In the early ’90s, however, I was introduced to a new art medium that has taken me on a journey of sculpting nature-inspired, one-of-a-kind artwear. My journey has evolved into a passion for creating statement pieces for collectors with a strong sense of style and a unique connection to the natural world. I usually design in collections, always challenging myself to create intrigue through new themes, organic hues, and tantalizing textures. In a world that promotes homogenization, my goal is to design artwear that helps people celebrate their unique fashion perspectives and stories.