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Paula L. Collins is "The Academic Artisan". Formerly Assistant Principal of the performing arts school that was once home to the world-famous Boys and Girls Choirs of Harlem, she holds a Doctorate of Education from Seton Hall University. However after retirement, creating accessories became her passion. Abstract expressionist and jewelry artists such as Alexander Calder, Art Smith, Charles Lewton-Brain and Betty Helen Longhi influence her work. Copper and brass are primarily used to create the jewelry because of the complex and varied shadings that are naturally possible in these metals. Lightly sealed, yet malleable, the jewelry is created to further evolve through interaction with the wearer. In addition to designing and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry, Paula currently studies jewelry design at Fashion Institute of Technology, is an adjunct assistant professor at The City College of New York and encourages teachers to include the arts in education. She serves on the school committee for The Ailey School, a BFA collaborative between the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Fordham University and she volunteers with the Lincoln Center Institute for the arts in education
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