Thomas Mann sees jewelry as a medium of artistic expression like painting or sculpture. He studied performing arts in college, but became a jeweler because he wanted a countercultural lifestyle that emphasized simplicity, equality, and pleasure in ones work. He makes collage and assemblage works from ordinary materials that everyone can afford. Since 1980, he has combined sentimental images like hands and old photographs with the industrial look of machine parts in an attempt to help humans become more comfortable with technology.
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