Metal Atelier is the mark under which New York Artist Anna Butwell has been making jewelry, art, and object since 2012. In 2017, Anna emigrated to Berlin and joined Volksluxus, a goldsmith collective and art gallery in Kreuzberg. In this time, she has had work dispalyed in the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerber Museum), and at AKA Berlin.
Metal Atelier explores a perception of beauty that is imperfect and transient- essentially Japanese Wabi Sabi- with a modern punk rock aesthetic. Ideas and patterns from the natural world have been co-opted in fashion for generations. I extrapolate these ideas into small scale metal work, creating updated pieces based on age old techniques. All of her collections are left slightly rough, showing the imperfections of the hand of the maker.