Sarah Quenon: Steel Yard residency

Sarah Quenon: Steel Yard residency

Sarah Quenon has been an AS220 resident for 5 years, and has worked at AS220 Foo(d) for almost that same length of time. In addition to being the General Manager of AS220 Foo(d) and Drink, she’s also a jewelry maker! She was recently accepted into the Light Metals residency program at the Steel Yard in Providence. You can find out more about her and her work at www.sarahquenonjewelry.com.

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I’ve been making jewelry for 12 years, I’ve been more seriously working towards a jewelry design career for the past 7 years. In 2012, I took my first formal jewelry class at the Steel Yard. Prior to that, I was primarily self taught. My jewelry was featured in the first ever issue of (now defunct) RI Style magazine. In the past, I’ve had my jewelry in several stores around Rhode Island. I was one of the first jewelers to be in Queen of Hearts and sold there for several years.

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In recent years, my work became a little stagnant because I had moved away from the assembly work I had always done (and could do with ease from my couch) and was becoming more interested in metal work, but lacked access to the tools and space that I needed. Recently, I stumbled across the ideal opportunity and applied for a residency in the Light Metals department at the Steel Yard. To the best of my knowledge, the Steel Yard hasn’t really offered a specific Light Metals residency in the past, which puts me in the unique position of being able to have input on helping to develop and shape the residency.

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The residency consists of me having regular access to the jewelry studio, at an affordable price, with the expectation of producing a certain amount of work and participating in a certain number of events over the next eight months. The tools available will allow me to explore a wide range of techniques that up until now I’ve had very limited and infrequent access to.

I look forward to sharing my work with both the Steel Yard and AS220 community in the coming months!