Erica Stankwytch-Bailey


Erica Stankwytch-Bailey

North Carolina

My work is both organic and architectural, and is created from the visual fragments of a life of collecting images. I inspect facets of the world in great detail and have always collected shells, seedpods, stones and interesting organic elements. My studio often resembles a laboratory with trays of specimens lined in rows. The walls and pages of my sketchbook are covered with myriad images of our world from nano-photography of plant life to geometric illustrations of platonic solids. In designing, making and living I see a strong relevance for the smallest things within the larger context; the seed that becomes a plant, the crystal that forms a valued mineral, our planet within the universe. Understanding the foundations or building blocks of “things” is the driving force behind my inspirations. Of late I am focusing my research and design on the material at hand, metal and mineral, and have begun to explore the molecular and crystal structure of the beautiful materials I create with. Using a variety of metalsmithing techniques intended to explore the malleability of silver I am building my visual interpretations of our foundations.