Stephanie Gray Silvagni working in sterling silver, natural stone, Acrylics, polymer clay, resin, and Keum-boo technique. Stephanie has been an active member of Arts as healing as a cancer survivor herself. Stephanie has studied with Cynthia Howenstein, Tom McCarthy, and Robert Thomas Mullens at Craft Alliance. Stephanie has also studied with Allison Ouellette-Kirby at St. Charles Community College. Stephanie does the majority of her work in her own home studio. Stephanie has taught a jewelry making class at Arts as Healing. Stephanie is from Moberly, Missouri, and lives and works in Saint Charles County Missouri. Stephanie is a member of Society of North American Goldsmiths, Midwest Metalsmiths and Craft Alliance and Metalsmith Society. Stephanie’s current project builds on childhood crafts and kitchen arts and is something a nine year old taught her and she turned it on It’s head and blew it up. Stephanie has a survivor spirit and thrives on hope and optimism. Stephanie had a traumatic event as a young adult which led her to want to help women who have been through trauma in their lives. Stephanie’s current project, The Million Hearts Project is about love. With this project she hopes to raise money for projects she cares about such as Arts as Healing and she is wanting to create a scholarship in her father’s honor for a woman who has been through trauma in her life.
We lose things and loved ones, but life persists. We must live on. There is loss, and there is sadness but there is joy in that sadness. From loss we create something beautiful. It is love. We are survivors. I keep creating and making my loss into something wonderful. In the two years I have experienced great loss in my life, yet I tend to be a shiny person. I tend to bright side everything.
I am currently working on a project where I am making acrylic hearts. It started out with me just making the hearts, with the ultimate goal of eventually setting them in silver. I like to think of my project as the death of one thing in order to make another. My hearts start out as cheap little acrylic beads that a child would use to make jewelry. I melt them down and create something else entirely.
I only recently started setting them in silver. I have always been drawn to the flaming heart symbolism. With the recent death of my father, from Parkinson’s, I poured that love and loss into these pieces. My hopes are to grow my heart project, and make bigger pieces as my skill progresses. My plans are to raise money with my heart project for places dear to my heart such as Arts as Healing and to create a scholarship for women of trauma in my father’s honor.