Ashley Gilreath
Professional Time Traveller

Hey there! I'm a metalsmith/enamelist who can't resist buying dusty old books; preferably with water marks and inscriptions on the inside cover. My conceptual artwork explores family relationships and can be described as artifacts of my genealogical history. My jewelry I see as abbreviations or small studies of my observations and ideologies regarding ancestry.
I hand fabricate all of my work using high quality precious metals, with some found objects that I scavenge from the corners of antique stores or architectural salvage warehouses. My work also revolves around how we decorate and utilize the landscape surrounding our homes. Specifically the objects we value, where they are placed, or how we alter the land itself to fit within our lifestyles. Many of these pieces become the background scenery to our memories, and are sometimes only noticed by us when they are broken or replaced. How we interact with the space, and how we dig, plant, grow, and rearrange our way of life to accommodate the objects ultimately determines the identity of our home.

I sell my jewelry on Etsy (link at top of page), and through a boutique called Art Star in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. Check out their website and visit their shop if possible! They have wonderfully curated handmade work from local artists and makers around the region: