The work echoes the gracefulness of organic characteristics of nature. The work has a minimal aesthetic. It exhibits simple lines, primary forms, shapes or structures. The work uses systems, arrangement and distribution of components consisting of more than one part, element or bit. It is an evolution of a form into an object or piece of wearable art.
I construct my work with traditional techniques and contemporary ideas. It is hand crafted in precious metals sterling silver, 18k gold and combinations of 18k gold with patinated sterling silver. I use colored gemstones and diamonds in various shapes."
I built my studio while opening Studio No. 159 a full service interior design firm that specialized in decorative painting, faux finishing and space planning. I struggled to find a balance between making art, teaching, operating an interior design firm, and painting. I slowly realized the only way I would ever find my balance was to follow my true passion making art jewelry/objects and teaching. So I created EatMetal, Inc., the fine art of design, to gratify my spirit.
EatMetal, Inc. specializes in handmade custom jewelry, one of a kind art jewelry, limited production and classes. My studio is comprised of a gallery, bench space for classes and my own personal studio where my work is made. My style is contemporary and uses traditional techniques. My philosophy is that art is a significant factor towards a happier and successful life. I believe you need to live in a visually stimulating environment to be successful.
The gallery exhibits my one of kind pieces of art jewelry and sculpture or objects, as I like to call them. On display you will find my limited production collections inspired by my objects. I currently have four limited production collections in progress.
My studio offers classes and one-day workshops for small groups, which create an intimate and dynamic learning experience. During the one-day workshops “Afternoon or Evening @ EatMetal, Inc.,” each student will construct a finished piece of jewelry. Classes focus on both basic and advanced skills for jewelers and metalsmiths. Class sessions are 8 weeks. My goal is to enlighten my students on the importance of design, material, technique and craftsmanship.
500 Gemstone Jewels by Lark Books
500 Earrings by Lark Books
Chain Mail Jewelry, Contemporary Designs from Classical Techniques, Japanese Hexagonal Chain Mail Collar by Lark Books
Jewelry Artist, Lapidary Journal, Fabricating a Bamboo Ring
Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print
Tokoly holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Arts (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and an Associates degree in Applied Science in Jewelry Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York).