"I have always had an interest in jewelry making and art and I would make beaded necklaces non-stop as a stress relief. Additionally I took ceramics and textiles classes at the UC Berkeley art center and studied traditional art techniques while studying abroad in Toulouse, France. One of my good friends majored in textiles and it was from her that I learned about knitting, crochet, shibori, card weaving – the myriad textile arts. When I first started taking metals fabrication classes at California College of Art I found myself drawn to line; I loved working in wire, manipulating it to create woven pieces. I experimented with casting, enameling and forming by taking classes at Revere Academy, the Crucible and the Community College of San Francisco. I honed my skills by apprenticing with one of my teachers, David Thorp and learned about production.
I use a lot of geometric shapes as the foundation for pieces and am really careful about proportion and the number of components. It's not apparent at all but I am conscious about using odd numbers because I find that I like the look of pieces with three, five or seven main design elements. I also like playing with symmetry/asymmetry and changing small things like color to give every piece a slight asymmetry."
Mixing metals with textile techniques, Megan Patrice Riley experiments with classic, elementary materials to create industrial jewelry that is feminine, luxurious, and alluring. Each piece is fabricated by hand in the MPR Atelier in Brooklyn, New York by trained artists and metal smiths.