Designer, Erin Colvin (formerly Erin Rose Gardner) is a Portland, Oregon based studio artist whose practice undulates between craft and design; focusing on jewelry as both the format and subject of her work. She makes objects that are informed by ideas and research. And is always searching for meaning through material culture.
Gardner studied metalsmithing and jewelry at the University of Oregon and upon graduation she was awarded a Windgate Fellowship, honoring the work of the best emerging graduates across the United States. The award allowed her to research mass-production in Guangdong Province in China, continuing her examination of craft, production, and sentimental objects.
Today, Gardner's work is part of the permanent collection of the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey and has been exhibited internationally, including Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam; The Custard Factory Gallery, Birmingham, England; Talents at Tendence, Frankfurt, Germany; Sienna Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas; Gallery Loupe, Montclair, New Jersey; Norton Museum of Fine Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; and Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio. She was a recipient of a 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.