Frances Holmes Boothby

3 piece(s) in the gallery

Frances Holmes Boothby was a modernist Jeweler, who was known for small brooches, usually inspired by nature. Like her contemporary Betty Cooke, Boothby also was inspired by the natural shapes found in the wild; designing brooches shaped like little birds. She mostly worked in gold and silver, semi precious stones, and exotic woods.

She was a graduate of Iowa State College, and eventually became a teacher for the Waverly, Iowa school districts, teaching art and physical education. After 1955, she became a jewelry making instructor at the Birchkill Arts and Crafts Guild in Troy, New York.

Little else is known about Frances' later life, except that she once sold her productions from her workshop in Vermont. However, the legacy of the artist continues on through her whimsical and vibrant creations.

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