Michelle Sophia Sabol aka Memphis George, Workshop Artist (November 2016 — January 2017)

Michelle Sophia Sabol worked in avant-garde film as an intern at Electronic Arts Intermix in New York in the late 1980s and as Technical Director and Program Coordinator at the San Francisco Cinematheque in the early 1990s. She attended the San Francisco State University Film Core program before working in commercial film production in Los Angeles. There she assisted director and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel in the start up of his company Dark Light Pictures; on various commercial productions; and as a designer for the Emmy award winning floral design company Flower Art that works exclusively with set decorators for film and television production. 

As a primarily self-taught jewelry artist, Ms. Sabol began working under the name Memphis George and Memphis George Jewelry was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1998. It remains a distinctly unique couture brand in the handmade studio artist movement.

Memphis George Jewelry has been worn to the Oscars by award nominees and in films by stars such as Selena Gomez and Jane Lynch, among others. It is in the private collections of the former editor of W magazine, the arts and entertainment editor of the Los Angeles Times, and other prominent art-to-wear collectors.

Luxury gemstones are framed by flourishes of hand crafted silver, gold, and ancient bronze. Eclectic elements such as plexiglas, oak roots, and decadent, genuine Swarovski crystal mingle with elaborate hand-painted surfaces. The resulting whirlwind of whimsical elegance defines the Memphis George oeuvre.

Memphis George Fine Art-to-Wear Jewelry and Gallery was an experimental pop-up gallery in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles from 2011 to 2014The gallery curated the work of a dozen rotating fine artists and craftspeople in addition to the jewelry of Memphis George and also served as a functioning artist studio, and teaching and performance space for musicians and poets.

Currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Memphis George is a member of the Associated Artist of Pittsburgh, the Craftsmen’s Guild, and is represented by Gallery Chiz in the Shadyside neighborhood of the city.

As a Teaching Artist, Ms. George is able to offer her vast technical knowledge, unique techniques, and experience in experimental and commercial aesthetics to a new generation of creative thinkers and makers.