How value is determined is cultural, political, and subjective; in Western culture, extrinsic or utilitarian value is prioritized, often to the detriment of the natural environment that supports all life.

This body of work considers this phenomenon; while staying true to the materialistic function of adornment, these pieces nod to intrinsic, holistic value by incorporating typically undervalued, overlooked, or discarded elements found in the natural world. Bone, for example – often unacknowledged and even considered taboo – takes a prominent role in my pieces. Through this work, I urge those to take a second look; to question what is typically valued, what is not, and why.

Doing this work constantly prompts me to (re)consider as well; my process of sustainably and ethically foraging plants and bones connects me to the natural world in a profound and dynamic way – my love and fascination forever grows deeper with each new discovery, ​reminding me to slow down and look deeper. 

“The atmosphere, the earth, the water, the water cycle – those things are good gifts. The ecosystems, the ecosphere, those are good gifts. We have to regard them as gifts because we couldn’t make them. We have to regard them as good gifts because we couldn’t live without them.”- Wendell Berry 


Anna Johnson is a studio artist, craftswoman, and educator residing in Asheville, NC. At a very young age, she stumbled upon jewelry making and from then on it became not only her creative outlet, but a space of untampered personal expression that guided her through her educational, professional, and personal development. Equally taken by the depths of the natural world, organic elements began to be her main source of inspiration as her language in jewelry developed.

​Today her work revolves around the question of where and why our culture perceives value by creating jewelry - often used to display worth, lineage, cultural hierarchy, b affiliations, etc - with raw elements from directly from the natural world, unique and unpretentiously beautiful, in efforts of providing a fresh line of visual communication, a display of acknowledgment, consciousness, and in alliance with our natural world.

Her compositions consist largely of found objects mixed with semi-precious and precious materials. Johnson's work is heavily influenced by nature, cultural ideas of value, and environmental preservation.

About the bones : Each piece of remains present in her work was found deceased in its natural environment and then taken through a deep cleaning process so she can honor them through her work. Ethically sourcing bones is an incredibly important part of her practice and purchasing anything of the sort is never an option.