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I have been a jeweler, an attorney, a professional hedonist, a spiritual seeker, and, most often, all and none of these things. I am not unique: we are multiple, and our essence rests in the spaces between apparent oppositions.
Amanda Linn began her training as a goldsmith in 1999 with Linda Kindler Priest at the Museum School in Boston. She then studied intensively at The Jewelry Arts Institute in Manhattan and launched a fine jewelry business in 2001. Her fine jewelry was represented by Louis Boston, Persona Jewelry, Objets du Desir, and Christensen-Heller Gallery. In 2017-2018, she completed a Post-Baccalaureate at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, which dramatically expanded her materials knowledge and honed her craft and design sensibilities.
All jewelry-making (and indeed making of any kind) impacts the environment and communities both upstream and downstream. I am committed to thinking carefully about my materials and each step of my process to ensure conscientious, ethical making. All of my jewelry is handmade in my Portland, Oregon studio by one person--me! I scrupulously follow environmentally safe practices, use the tiniest possible amounts of chemicals, and dispose of all waste in strict accordance with my local regulations.
All silver and gold components are made from recycled materials. Stones are acquired from established, principled sources that are committed to fair trade and conflict-free mining. This is a non-exhaustive list, and, whenever I have the chance, I will choose the materials and methods with the lowest negative impact. This is my ethical metalsmithing pledge.
Amanda lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, three dogs, and two goats.