“Nature provides an endless reference for imagination and invention. The linear quality of stems and the fullness of flower buds inspire my jewelry. I enjoy integrating mechanics with design, allowing each piece to function in a visually intriguing way. I work with multiples of the same shape, engineering them to fit precisely, giving an abstract interpretation of their botanical source. Many years of metalsmithing have taught me the power of simplicity. My forms begin as flat metal shapes and arrive as small sculptures. Their complexity is in their conception as curving planes of origami.”
Jayne Redman earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her career in New York as a design and production assistant in the fashion jewelry industry. She started her own company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982.
Redman began developing the Floraforms Collection in 1995. In 1998, her Tulip Earrings won the NICHE Award for Silver Jewelry. She was a finalist in the same category for her Sweet Pea Earrings. That year the American Craft Council selected a piece from her collection as “representative of the quality of work found at all ACC events” to use in advertising their wholesale markets.
She was one of two runners-up for the American Jewelry Design Council’s New Talent Competition in 2000. Jayne’s Calla Lily Necklace was awarded first place in the Pendants-Necklaces category of Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Arts Awards for 2004. Her Palm Leaf Pin was a finalist in the 2005 NICHE Awards. Her Dahlia Necklace was a finalist in the 2009 Saul Bell Awards.
Redman has been featured in articles for Crafts Report, AJM, Lapidary Journal, Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines. Examples of her work were used to illustrate the books Art Jewelry Today by Donna Z. Meilach, Making Metal Beads by Pauline Warg, and 500 Earrings, by Lark Books. She was a contributor to the book, Profiting by Design by Marlene Richey.
She is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals and teaches workshops nationally. She maintains a studio in southern Maine and is represented by fine jewelry and craft stores across the country.