Welcome

… to my electronic repository of professional enterprise.

I am an academic and a goldsmith. I received my PhD from the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, and I am the Creative Director and Co-Founder of 12 Keys Consultancy & Design, LLC.

As a historian of early modern science, I specialize in the study of 17th-century medico-alchemical laboratory technologies, materials, and sensory experiences, and the production and trade of chemical medicine in the British Atlantic world. My research extends to the cross-cultural examination of jewellery, artisanal technologies, and meaning-making with materials.

I am co-editor with Tara Nummedal of Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618) with Scholarly Commentary. This born-digital publication and the multi-disciplinary community of scholars and performers associated with it is based on my 2013-14 postdoctoral research at the Science History Institute. The project was developed by Brown University Library’s Mellon-supported Digital Publications Initiative, and published by the University of Virginia Press as an open-access edition.

I teach students at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as adult learners, I am a history educator to jewelry industry professionals, and I lecture for museum outreach programs. My teaching practice combines the study of texts, images, and objects with hands-on work using tools and materials. My expertise is in team building, project-based training, materials and archival research, sustainable jewellery advocacy, and entrepreneurial scholarship.

Please direct enquiries to bilak[at]12keys[dot]consulting

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