Amarette Gregor lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received her BA in Fine Art with an emphasis in Metals from the University of Oregon in 2010. She then received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2012. She creates media works in a variety of mediums and shows her wearable work regularly throughout the United States. Her work is motivated by material exploration, and she utilizes a broad range of mediums to express her obsession with color.
"My work uses textiles and metals to explore materials as I push the boundaries of their traditional uses. Inspired by my grandmother’s old thread collection, I began to experiment with how I could engage the repurposed thread’s materiality and beautiful color. In each piece I investigate tension and balance between hard and soft, bare metal and brightly colored thread, to create a visual conversation between disparate elements. My technique utilizes traditional methods of metalsmithing and fabrication, while experimenting with alternative methods to make use of more surprising substances. Many of my pieces are a metal setting filled with tiny bundles of thread, which in the finished piece create a unified field of color. I then trim the threads of the piece to reveal a soft topography that highlights and compliments the metal components. In my finished work I hope to share my love of material exploration, my passion for color, and my excitement about the possibilities of wearable art." - AMARETTE GREGOR