Galleries Available
Tuesday thru Saturday
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Gallery@Shidoni.com

Feel free to call us at
505.988.8001 ext 120

But if distance separates us, feel free to fufill your artistic needs on our website (www.shidoni.com).

We are always prepared to ship around the world at a moments notice.

Karen Avila


Tesuque, New Mexico

A master at the technique called “overlay”, which has been utilized for centuries by artists from many different cultures and civilizations. She became a student of this style over 30 years ago after seeing photographs of Hopi silverwork in a book about Native American jewelry. First, she draw a sketch, to scale, of the subject she wants to portray in the piece. Her ideas come from nature, such as insects, animals and plants, as well as art deco-like geometric shapes.  A paper template is cut and used to trace the design onto a sheet of 18 gauge silver.  A tiny hole is then drilled through the areas that will become negative space and after inserting a thin saw blade, the space is very carefully cut out.  This is repeated until the positive and negative spaces create the design.  This piece of silver is then soldered onto a solid sheet of 20 gauge silver, hence the term “overlay”, and the two pieces become one.

 


Karen Avila "Cats"
Karen Avila "Cats"
Karen Avila "Frogs"
Karen Avila "Frogs"