Maine Metalsmith, Peggy Johnson, was best known for her whimsical and beautifully crafted jewelry. She worked as an editor for an architectural magazine for 3 years before beginning her own business in jewelry making in Philadelphia. Portland, ME became her home and community in the 1980's.
She drew inspiration from the natural world and was especially fascinated by insects. Her delicate silver work with it's minimal inlay and beading directly calls to mind the impossibly iridescent wings and shells hiding in our gardens. In addition to the natural world, Johnson created badges honoring every day kitchen objects. Humble toasters, spoons, spatulas, cups and whisks or even entire breakfast meals became lovingly memorialized in her work.
Johnson passed away in September, 2020 at the age of 75.