Chicago artist Gustav Reyes crafts curvilinear bent wood jewelry pieces from cherry, walnut and hickory. His Knot and Coil bracelet designs make a bold statement circling the wrist. “I place great importance on creating jewelry that demonstrates a deep appreciation and consideration for our natural world,” he states. “To create my work, I use salvaged wood that is repurposed. I have incorporated wood from a bass violin and extra wood obtained from other wood workers. I also use Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood. I use production methods that reduce waste by 80%. I am dedicated to preserving Nature’s infinite beauty and continue to search for more sustainable techniques.”
The artist, who attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Bauhaus Academy, was influenced by his father, who made jewelry as a hobby. Gustav has been featured in publications including Art Jewelry Magazine and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited at venues across the country, from the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC and the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington state.