Cathryn Jasterzbski completed her undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at New Paltz - a BFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing and a BS in Visual Arts Education. Within her practice, Cathryn seeks to expose the noble labor that exists, hidden behind objects and structures made by skilled tradespeople. Each wearable piece does not subvert its materiality as mainstream jewelry but rather, places the material publicly in an assertive manner to be worn on the body. These emblems of labor exist in the format of brooches, pendants, and necklaces and honor her lineage of labor as adornment while making the integrity of skillfulness evident. She values interdisciplinary material exploration in her practice and is always experimenting with material and its ability to add value to this dialogue. Cathryn is presently attending Rhode Island School of Design as an MFA candidate in the Jewelry + Metalsmithing department.