Ashka Dymel was born in Warsaw, Poland. After studies in liberal arts and foreign languages in Poland and Czechoslovakia, Ashka moved to the United States where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City. After several years of working in the field of architecture, Ashka began to design jewelry and small objects. Since 1990 she has run her own studio in Brooklyn, New York. Ashka was an Adjunct Professor of Design and Design History at her alma mater Parsons from 1988 through 1995. From 2006 to 2008 Ashka was a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn conducting design seminars in the Jewelry division of the Sculpture Department. Ashka lives with her husband and son in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Ashka’s approach to jewelry making and design is informed by her architectural training and background. Guided by a Modernist aesthetic, Ashka achieves harmony in modular repetitions of geometric forms. A minimalist aesthetic and preference for clean lines are major forces influencing her work, resulting in pure and graceful pieces. Modernism movements of the 1920s, such the Bauhaus School and Russian avantgarde art, are main inspirations for Ashka in making her work. In her latest collections she also incorporates mid-20th-century design aesthetics.
Ashka's work is sold primarily in museum shops, design stores, fine craft and jewelry galleries throughout the US. She has also sold her work in Japan, Hong Kong and in Europe. Ashka has exhibited her work at many prestigious craft shows in the US, such as Crafts at the Castle (Boston), Philadelphia Museum Craft Fair, Craft Boston, American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte, St. Paul, San Francisco, and Sarasota. Publications include Metropolis, Ornament, and Niche.