For our next featured artist I can only say- you will have to come to 3DCAMP Houston to see the sperm necklace. Yes, you heard me.
Sandi Milford is a mixed media artist with an interest in combining new processes and traditional techniques. Her current work is about all things biological. She is constantly finding ways to take the processes and forms from inside the body and put them on the outside to change the perspective of how we “wear” art, as well as making biological concepts fun and interactive.
Sandi grew up and resides in Edinburg, Texas, located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Discovering biology and falling head over heels for the subject in an anatomy and physiology class (the exact moment being when she figured out how human heads could nod up and down and back and forth) led her to pursue a BS in Biology with an emphasis in animal science from the University of Texas – Pan American. Upon discovering that she also needed to feed her soul, she did the next rational thing and went to art school.
While attending UTPA for Fine Art, Sandi was introduced to 3D modeling and rapid prototyping in the Jewelry/Metals program. Her work quickly took on a biological tone inspired by her recent studies. She also worked as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for the Genetics lecture course at UTPA for five years, gaining insight in helping students learn in a collaborative learning environment and facilitating peer involvement to better learn material. This experience has inspired her to pursue the creation of biological materials that will help make learning fun and interactive.
Her work in 3D modeling led her to participate in a student committee to design UTPA’s first official class ring. From this experience she was one of two students who participated in a one week internship at the Josten’s Ring Factory in Denton, Texas, spending that time learning the manufacture process of college rings and seeing the first UTPA class rings go into production. Sandi is also an advocate for Emotional Abuse awareness, and had her work based on that subject featured in the Society of North American Goldsmith’s premier online exhibition “The Body Adorned,” wearable art based on experience. The same work also received Best in Show for the UTPA Art Against Violence Juried Show.
Sandi is currently spending her time learning new 3D modeling techniques, and is working on new science based jewelry pieces, as well as experimenting with installation pieces.