For Dora, jewelry design is more than “a status symbol or object” of desire: it is a vessel for activism. Dora has been designing jewelry since age nine, and her love with the practice was intensified with her apprenticeship with a silversmith in southern Rhode Island. Geometry and the natural world inspire Dora, and these influences are reflected in her jewelry: necklaces constructed of intricate branches of silver, and earrings that dance as though fall leaves in the wind.
Dora’s concern for the environment manifests itself in her approach to her craft: “transparency of materials is pivotal for my work,” she writes, and as a result, she has turned to recycled metals. Over the course of her career, Dora has worked with the EARTHWORKS campaign, which works to render the process of goldmining more transparent and humane. Currently, Dora hopes to study silver mining in Peru and to work with local miners to establish a form of fairly traded, environmentally conscious, and traceable mined silver.
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