Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist, silversmith and designer of 23 years. She studied at the Art institute of Chicago and graduated from Southern Illinois University. Diploma in hand she wondered what to do next. Not necessarily trained for a job she quickly realized that to be an artist she needed a lot more experience under her belt in order to develop an interesting body of work. Having always loved adornment, she soon realized that the obscure study of sacred adornment was the path she was pulled to take. During art school she frequented the Field Museum in Chicago and became inspired by artifacts and relics. She worked as an ethnographic repair artisan in the Chicago area on West African beadwork and adornment, as well as East Indian Naga and Thailand components and jewelry. Here she would repair or rebuild historical pieces of jewelry and fibers learning through examination how pieces were built. This is where she began to learn what connection techniques would last through time as well as witnessing innovative use of materials and their significant meanings.
To see the press release on Susan's contribution to the Jewelry and Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, CLICK HERE!