Alicia received her MFA In Artisanry—Metalsmithing/Jewelry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a B.F.A. in Functional Design at Murray State University in KY. She has attained positions of visiting professor, sabbatical replacement, adjunct faculty, studio assistant/technician, artist-in-residence, and visiting (workshop) instructor at arts/crafts education centers around the United States and internationally including The Center for Enamel Art, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the Society of Florida Goldsmiths and The Textile Support Group Pavia Italy/Wollongong Australia.
Honored in 2013 with an invitation to assist and display her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Ratti Textile Center, which coincided with the exhibition “Gems of European Lace” 1600-1920, Alicia Jane was also invited by the Textile Support Organization in Pavia Italy to exhibit work, lecture and teach a small workshop. Having also had the pleasure of participating in SIERAAD the International Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam 2013 and in Art Basel/Miami at Aqua in 2018, Alicia Jane's work can be found in public & private collection including the Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles CA, The Lace Museum, Sunnyvale CA, Yale University Art Museum, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Crocker Art Museum and the honored Mint Museum in Charlotte NC.
Alicia Jane's studio is located in West Palm Beach Florida at the Armory Art Center, where she is the Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department Manager and continues to passionately pursue her studio practice with one-of-a-kind, commissions and limited production work.
My work merges the traditional craft processes of silversmithing/goldsmithing, enameling and bobbin lacemaking with digital rendering and laser-cutting to create wearable adornment.
I find beauty and understanding through art, nature and science through pattern and form. In my past work I have subverted the historical dynamic of “women’s work” or the invisible lacemaker, creating contemporary lace using the medium to assert identity, exploring ideas of gender and ritual bridging the past and present.
In my current one of a kind work I’m continuing to combine both handmade and technological processes by creating graphic enamel decals with delicate lace patterns that have been fused into geometric structures. I'm also creating a body of wearable production work that resides in my research and passion for folding paper. This wearable body of work is based on the herringbone lace pattern.