Englewood Paper Artist: Yvonne Crichton
Dr. Crichton was born in Kingston, Jamaica the eleventh of twelve talented children. This position produced an interesting dynamic in which each child had to develop unique talents and expertise in order to be recognized. For Yvonne it was an embrace of the sciences while having an enduring admiration for the artistic talents of her siblings.
Yvonne has a doctorate in Pharmacology from St. Johns University, New York City. Prior to perusing her doctorate, Yvonne taught pharmacy for twenty years at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. While teaching, she spent much of her time with her most artistic sister as she created enamels, paintings, sculpture, and jewelry. Little by little, Yvonne began developing her craft in origami, paper art, and sculpting with paper pulp.
After receiving her doctorate, Yvonne accepted a position with a large pharmaceutical company in New York and took up residence in Englewood, New Jersey. Here she has continued her pursuit of the arts. She became a member of Origami USA and attended classes at The Art School at Old Church. As her passion grew, Yvonne started creating items and teaching crafts for her church, the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood. In Yvonne's words, "Art soothes my soul. I think art should be a part of everyone's life, especially seniors. A person's age, talent, or ability matters very little since art connects hands, heart, mind, and body - all of which are vital for maintaining health and mental acuity. It is such a good feeling to create something that someone else appreciates."
Yvonne's figurative sculptures are created from paper. They exude strength and dignity that tell a story. Her extraordinary pots, with interesting shapes and vibrant colors, immediately capture one's attention. Each piece is unique and takes many hours to create.
The artist creates her contemporary jewelry with mostly organic materials. Interesting items such as tree bark, found stones, and sea glass are combined with bought elements and embedded with paper. Most are priced below $100, making them very affordable one-of-kind collectible art jewelry.