My name is Carrie Boucher and I am the force behind Pink Crow Studio, but before anything else I am a collector.
From the time I was a child, I've had the compulsion to combine different materials with the intention of making these separate materials somehow better within their new context...somehow more intriguing and provocative. I believed from a very young age that within each collection there truly was the the opportunity to create a whole that was greater than the sum of its parts, and I was always on a path to find that whole.
In art class I quietly broke the rules and used tools and materials in any way I imagined might lead me to a new discovery. I began collecting the most unusual objects and materials...anything that appealed to my sense of wonder, and I was always in search of a proper way to show the world just how precious these finds were.
My need to create (and need to do something productive with my ever-growing collection) eventually led me to study sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I finally found metalsmithing. I knew I was in love.
In my studies, I learned that the word "jewel" has its origins in the Latin word "jocale", meaning plaything, and in all of my work I strive to bring jewelry back to this idea. I truly believe that each piece I produce must be a plaything on one level or another.
I recently moved my studio from my place in Chicago to a room in a small mid-century house that sits on a bit of land between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Like me, it is a house that sits in a state of limbo, it was abandoned by the former owner, but has not yet taken by the bank. I have somewhat of a history with the house, and when I heard it had been abandoned I felt the lonely little house could use some love and it only made sense to me that it would make a great studio space.
== Favorite Studio Quote ==
"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." - A.A. Milne
Photo by Pen Carlson Photography