Artist Profile: Cyle Thomas

Cape Cod Art  /  ART Annual 2022 /

Writer: Allyson Plessner

An artist has the distinct skill—opportunity, really—to observe the world through a lens of passionate creativity, and to turn those observations into something imaginative, inspired…artistic. Cyle Thomas’ viewpoint, and subsequent artistry, is three-dimensional. For him, observations give way to dynamic sculpture, and thoughtful musing and sketches inspired by a quaint coffee shop in Provincetown, or a walk along MacMillan Wharf, eventually becoming expressive pieces of jewelry. Black Hole and Milky Ways • Cuff, Sterling silver, 22K and 18K yellow golds, green spinel, diamonds Thomas discovered jewelry design by way of another passion: learning. While working in a bookstore he came across a copy of “1,000 Rings,” displaying contemporary jewelry designs. “It was the first time I ever thought of jewelry as a form of sculpture,” he explains. “That book still sits in my workshop.” For six years, Thomas had his own artist shack on MacMillan Wharf. As a native to Provincetown, Thomas grew up working on lobster boats, enjoying the slowness of the winter season and the subsequent bustles of summer, and prides himself on being one of the last graduates of Provincetown High School. His fondness for the area, driven by six generations of family experiences, makes this artists’ community the perfect home for him and his work.  “Design is the part of my process that I love the most because it’s so meditative,” says Thomas, joking that the fabrication aspect of his work comes with an increase in both anxiety and the volume of his music. “When I’m conceptualizing a design, I like to create moments where I can cast a net and see what I catch—meaning I take my sketchpad to a coffeeshop or a restaurant and just start drawing.” “The materials that I choose often guide my designs as well,” continues Thomas. “I search for gemstones…

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Allyson Plessner

Allyson Plessner is a former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life and now works for the publication as a staff writer and digital media coordinator. Born in Florida, Allyson has been a lifelong summer resident of the Cape. She is a recent alumna of the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Allyson is an avid sailor, beach-goer, and—like her fellow Cape Cod Life colleagues—a dog-lover.