Design and Manufacturing
The Shawl Pins and Stick Pins are designed and handmade by Bonnie Bishoff and her husband J.M. Syron. They feature colorful inlays of polymer clay in white bronze and lead free pewter settings. Some of the polymer based pins encase metal armatures in their structures. The hooks are made in the USA, of nickel silver, exclusively for her designs. The Stick Pins and Shawl Pin settings were originally fabricated by Bonnie in sterling silver and then cast in New England.
About the Artists
Bonnie has been collaborating with her partner J.M. Syron, since 1987, designing and building one of a kind and limited edition studio furniture. They exhibit their work at high end galleries, craft shows such as the Smithsonian Craft Show and museum exhibits across the country including the Museum of Art and Design in NY and the Fuller Craft Museum in MA. Their furniture features veneers of polymer clay and carved surfaces and sculptural elements. From this Bonnie began to combine her carving skill with metal working and polymer clay to create one of a kind jewelry. She created a line of shawl pins on the request of her mother in law, Barbara Jones, a talented fiber artist. The design and functionality of these pins has evolved as their popularity has grown and are now available in yarn and needlework stores around the country.
For a look at their other collaborative artwork : syronbishoff.com