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Adina DeRoy-Stouffer is a jeweler and mixed media artist working and teaching in the Pittsburgh area for the past fifteen years. Working in metals, glass, metal clay, gemstones, and recycled materials, Adina draws inspiration from nature for her creations: leaves, trees, landscapes, animals, and shells are among the themes that are woven throughout her creations.
As a studio artist, Adina's focus is often on creating works entirely out of wires in various sizes and metals. She uses these to create both jewelry and wire sculpture.
In addition to being a jeweler, Adina is also a fiber artist creating works from recycled materials, surplus yarns and other fibers usually destined for landfills. Using various techniques, Adina creates both wearable and decorative artworks, “Painting” an image in fibers and yarns by sewing them together, felting, or adhering the fibers to a variety of substrates. In combining these two media, Adina often creates works in metal that imitate the movement and appearance of fabric by imprinting fiber textures directly into metal itself. She also incorporates weaving and other traditionally fiber techniques into her metal creations as well as creates jewelry entirely from fibers.
Adina DeRoy-Stouffer is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, and a certified Rio Grande Metal Clay instructor. For the past eight years she has been a metalsmithing and jewelry instructor at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, teaching on-site classes as well as community and residency programs. Adina also enjoys teaching in various community centers, smaller art centers and schools as well as her private teaching studio. Adina exhibits yearly at A Fair in the Park, as well as selling her work in local galleries and art shows.
As a teaching artist, Adina likes to focus students on the creative process, personal expression, and individualism of design. Students learn to connect their creative use of the materials with the scientific understand of how they work, and why certain processes are used. Metalsmithing offers a uniquely technical way of looking at art, while still providing a creative experience. Projects are often designed around a specific scientific principle or study.
In addition to scientific connections, Adina uses jewelry as a tie-in for numerous curricula. It lends itself to discussions of professional sales, e-commerce, and modern day art careers. Past students have held numerous successful sales, both individually and in groups. There are endless cultural and historical lessons related to jewelry, as well as creating “story” pieces which can connect to literature or creative writing. Adina has applied these ideas to classes in and around the Pittsburgh area for nearly fifteen years.
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