Demi Thomloudis, originally from the greater Philadelphia area, received her BFA in metals and jewelry from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007 and her MFA in jewelry and metalwork from San Diego State University in 2013. Her work has been featured nationally and internationally in exhibitions, such as Suspend(ed) in Pink, an international exhibition traveling to Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Paris, and the USA; CHAIN project, at A CASA, Museum of Brazilian Object, in São Paulo, Brazil; and La Frontera, at Fraz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco. Her work is also featured in HCCC’s fall 2013 exhibition, SPRAWL. Demi’s jewelry can be seen in publications such as 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs: A Groundbreaking Survey of a Modern Material, 500 Enameled Objects, and The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin: Techniques, Projects and Inspiration, all published by Lark Books.
Demi’s attraction to jewelry is forged by the opportunities it presents the maker, offering an intimate three-dimensional way to construct ideas. Through experimentation, her chosen materials reveal their individual qualities, which are then used as information that dictates the fabrication of each composition. The intimacy of jewelry encourages a physical interaction between the viewer and the object and compels the viewer to inspect intricate details of materials and workmanship. Her work questions our relationships with materials and skills, adapting the aesthetic and structural language of vernacular architecture to organize, build and conceptually guide the jewelry. During her yearlong residency at HCCC, Demi intends to continue to build upon these formal relationships through material experimentation and research. She will be with HCCC through August of 2014. For more information, visit https://www.demidemi.net.