Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Artist David Freda
  • Lecture
  • 11/10/2009
  • 18:30-19:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Alpha Rho Gamma and KU Metalsmiths, Student Advisory Board
Event Description
David Freda is an award-winning internationally recognized jeweler and enamelist. A trained naturalist, wildlife illustrator, falconer, taxidermist, and orchid enthusiast, Freda brings scientic observation and exactitude to his art. He works from the natural source, often molding plants and insects in the eld and
casting exact replicas in silver or gold. He then applies colored enamels checking each layer of color
against the living model.
Currently Freda devotes his creative eorts to designing and producing one-of-a-kind gold and enamel
orchids for Tiany & Co., New York. In their beauty and uncanny realism Freda's orchids are considered
to have surpassed the work of his predecessor, Paulding Farnham, the famous Tiany designer who
created the rst series of orchids in the late 1800's