The found-object, sculptural art jewelry of Michael Stephens is unique, bold and instinctively creative. His hand-fabricated jewelry forms a convergence of industry and fashion, ancient and modern, common and precious, reshaping the traditional boundaries of wearable art.
Drawing from materials as diverse as rusted steel, palm bark, ancient Roman glass, computer micro-circuits, oarlocks, machinist tools, camera lenses, linen thread, precious and semi-precious stones, sterling silver and14K & 22K gold, Michael fashions each original creation into an attention grabbing visual statement.
A recent addition to Michael’s work is a limited edition of motorcycles fabricated from watch parts, which will be for sale at The 2012 Ann Arbor Art Fair. Each motor cycle sculpture is unique and captures the essence of the classic motorcycles of our day.
Michael has been honored by 18 art festival awards in 2010. 2011 and 2012, one awarded as best of show and six as best of jewelry. Michael’s art is featured as a cover artist on Best of American Jewelers, Vol. II, Kennedy Publications, 2010, and will be featured in Best of the Best American Artists, Kennedy Publications, 2012. This is his sixth year in Ann Arbor.