Holiday Gift Guide: Local jewelry - Nicole Langille

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Paper Products

Available at; Wexner Center Store, Campus; and soon at On Paper, Short North

Jewelry made out of paper sounds delicate. Maybe too delicate.

But this isn't just plain old notebook paper. Nicole Langille is an artist, and her experience working with printmaking paper showed her this versatile material has a distinctive quality - it appears light and almost fragile, but it's surprisingly durable.

"I have this obsession with paper that's long-standing," said Langille, who works in photo, video and performance art in addition to teaching at Ohio State. "I just think it's a wonderful material."

It's something she's had to encourage others to warm up to.

"Even though it's paper and it sets me apart, it may also be my weakness in that it's a material that people aren't used to seeing in jewelry," she said.

Her line, Paper Products, includes simple paper-and-chain necklaces, bracelets and rings. She leaves some paper plain and adds gold or silver leaf to other pieces to give a metallic, coin-like look.

Printmaking paper is often exposed to water when it's used in visual art, so it's safe to get wet (say, in the rain) but shouldn't be submerged.

Langille designs the kind of jewelry she likes - minimalist, repetitive and full of movement - and so far, it's appealed to plenty of others. She works out of Junctionview Studios and recently started selling wholesale in Columbus, with plans to expand to other Ohio cities.

"It's been fun to be part of the jewelry and craft-making culture," she said. "There's a lot of craft fairs and things like that that are really, really social."