Pamela M. Levin, designer of Nivell Jewelry, creates sterling silver and leather jewelry with high quality semi-precious stones mined from all over the world. Her newest leather collection brings bold colors and textures to leather jewelry using many luxurious Italian leathers, kidskin, lamb, fish leather, faux and genuine alligator, and cow. Pamela’s refreshing style exudes simple elegance by transforming her materials into smooth, modern, and clean lines. The designer firmly believes even the simplest of designs can make a dramatic statement.
New York City had a big impact in shaping Pamela's outlook in the world because she was raised so close to its influences in Long Island, NY. Her father was an apparel manufacturer for 35 years in New York. She worked with him for a couple of summers, learning manufacturing up close, and reading Women's Wear Daily, the famous garment trade publication. The industry fascinated her and lead to a six month internship in a buying office in New York's Garment Center while attending Drexel University. After graduating, she was employed with an IBM business partner who was an enterprise software developer for the apparel and footwear industry. Pamela's role in supporting her clients gave her a comprehensive and deeper understanding of manufacturing. Visiting a factory to witness fabrics, buttons, and zippers sewn into beautifully finished creations was always an extra thrilling day for her.
Domestic manufacturing is in Pamela's DNA and Nivell Jewelry is strongly committed to the principle that finished work will always be MADE IN AMERICA. Some components may be imported but the design and creation of the work will always remain here.
In addition to the manufacturing connections, Pamela was surrounded by visual art talent in her immediate family too. Her father's avocation was as a painter and sculptor, which included creating a three foot strawberry for the backyard! She also viewed the art projects and portfolios of her two older sisters who studied textile and interior design. Pamela enjoyed trying the traditional mediums of art but initially decided to follow her penchant for the business world. Pamela’s artistic roots inspired her to begin formal training in the technical aspects of jewelry design. Establishing her jewelry studio at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in 2000 for two years commenced Pamela’s serious pursuit of designing and creating contemporary jewelry.
- NICHE magazine's Editorial Director (Hope Daniels) selected work for feature in "Fashion Flirts...Trendsetting Pieces." (Spring 2014)
- Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist - Gallery Feature leather jewelry and authored article (April 2014)
- Art Jewelry - Gallery feature of leather jewelry (November 2013)
- Main cover feature on Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist of leather jewelry cuff (author of seven page article). (September/October 2013)
Exhibitions and Shows
Darlington Arts Center Jewelry for the Arts Trunk Show (2016)
Delaware Art Museum Winter Arts Festival (juried) (2014-15)
Blue Streak Gallery (2004-2015) featured in Holiday Show, Wilmington, DE
Buyers Market of American Craft (American Made Show-Wholesale) (2013-2014)
Blue Streak Gallery (2013) Solo exhibition Silver Stones Skins - Debut Summer Leather Collection
The Art Trust Gallery (2012-2013) Invitational Show, West Chester, PA
Brandywine Festival of the Arts (2012-2013) Wilmington, DE
Beauty Art Gallery (2012) (juried) Small Treasures, Newtown Square, PA
Art Along the Creek (2011-2012) 2 New Road Studios Group Show, Aston, PA
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts: (2009) featured artist in Alternatives museum store
Art in the Afternoon (2008) Invitational Show by Delaware Fund for Women
Monsoon Gallery: (2007) PA Society of Goldsmiths juried show - exhibited with ten national jewelers, Bethlehem, PA
Delaware Art Museum: (2006-2007) PA Society of Goldsmiths juried show
Delaware Art Museum: (2003) Solo exhibition in Meet the Artist Series; exhibited (4) five foot cases of jewelry
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts: ( 2002) featured in two person exhibition Brush Fire
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts: (2000-2002) multiple group exhibitions
Center for the Creative Arts: (2001) Annual Members Exhibition, Merit Award winner, Yorklyn, PA