Talking with Marlene True
Marlene True has a whimsical and original take on creating her eclectic metal jewelry. Each piece has a story and pulls you in with wanting to know more.
“I am interested in jewelry and how it functions as a form of non-verbal communication. I work with used tin cans as a material for fabrication or I select a particular image, color or text from a tin to become the focal point; these vignettes often hint at a story. Memento Mori jewelry reminds the wearer of his or her own mortality, while a portrait brooch honors a loved one.” ~ Marlene True
Marlene True is a metalsmith, obsessive collector of tin cans, curiosities and other ephemera. Not tied to traditional materials in her jewelry, she is a self proclaimed 'material girl'. Marlene earned her MFA at East Carolina University and her BFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
She maintains her studio and is the Executive Director for Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC. She has taught workshops and lectured at colleges, universities and art schools including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Her work is in various collections throughout the US and most recently the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Racine Museum of Art in Racine Wisconsin. Marlene is a member of the board of directors for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.