Morgan Babic in the studio

Alumna Morgan Babic is developing a distinctive line of jewelry inspired by the movement of gymnasts.

Gymnastics Inspiration Vaults Studio Art Grad into Jewelry Business

February 20, 2017

Morgan Babic wears one of her designsBW studio art graduate Morgan Babic ’13, who went on to earn an MFA in craft/material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), is now working on developing her own business, Morgan Babic Jewelry, a distinctive line inspired by the movement of gymnasts.

Babic’s jewelry website depicts models wearing her refined metal jewelry designs and a section showcasing photos of her work in the studio.

Exhibition in Motion

Babic’s thesis exhibition included nine brooches, which when displayed together reproduce a gymnastics tumbling pass.

According to Babic, "The brooches are abstracted into geometric wire lines that resemble a gymnast’s body in motion." Which explains why Babic, when she isn’t making jewelry in her Richmond, Virginia studio, spends her time coaching gymnastics at KORE Kids Academy.

"Coaching gymnastics is fun and exciting. It allows me to focus on something else that I truly enjoy and simultaneously influences my artistic practice," said Babic.

Practicing Art and Athletics

In addition to her exhibition, Babic also wrote a thesis titled "Practice," which explains how she "relates her studio practice to an athletic practice." It was published by Lambert Academic Publishing and is available on Amazon.

Among her other recent successes, the Perry, Ohio native exhibited in Beijing, China, and her brooch titled "Pike" was selected to be the focal point of an ad for the VCU craft/material studies program in the 2016 issue of Metalsmith Magazine’s "Exhibition in Print."

Interning with BW Masters

During her time at BW, Babic was a mentee of BW art professors and nationally renowned jewelry-makers, Dave and Roberta Williamson. "They allowed me to intern for them, helped me to harness my metalsmithing skills and continuously encouraged me."

With guidance from the Williamsons, Babic looked into the best graduate schools for jewelry making, and ended up following in the footsteps of the professors when she decided on VCU.

Morgan Babic in the studio