Sterling Silver pendant with bezel set Fossil Coral
This is another necklace in my exploration of using beautiful stones from Horizon Mineral. The stone I used here is a Fossil Coral. I love contrasting textures, shapes and colours and really love the way the architectural elements I made in silver support the organic and somewhat fragile feel of the stone. I only say fragile because this is a fossil and a snapshot of life has been captured eternally within this stone. The imagery is beautiful, this once living organism so fragile is protected and incased in silver.
Because this necklace seems to embody this theme of life and death I thought it was quite a perfect necklace for my friend Sharmishtha Ghangrekar in the UK who I can now proudly say is a doctor! Sharmishtha is a strong and passionate person who is dedicated to educating, nurturing and taking care of people so this one is for her.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Hey there! Well I got that bug that seemed to be going around which landed me in bed sick for a few days. As soon as I felt better I jumped a train to see mi Peeps in Philly and back on the homestead. It was a good trip all around. It's always great catching up with the loved ones!
I also got to travel by train which is my favourite way to travel really. I love the rhythm of the train, putting the headphones on and watching the world go by, making up stories about all the scenery and people you see. I also just love the tracks themselves and all the electrical wires used to make it all work. It is especially fun for me when we go through North Jersey which despite being a bit of a gross wasteland right outside of NYC is a visual feast of ideas for me. I mean look at all those girders, supports and crazy network of wires! I just could stare at them for hours getting so many ideas from them.
We'll see what brews up in the studio over the next few weeks and I'll post more photos.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
You may have noticed that it isn't very often that I use stones in my work. The reason being is that I am obsessed with metal and how I can use it to build forms with it rather than using metal as a just a platform to showcase a stone. Nonetheless I cannot deny the allure of shiney things and particularly stones that are VERY unusual so occasionally I do use them.
A Connecticut jeweler friend of mine who uses a lot of stones in her jewelry designs introduced me to her stone dealer last year and it was then I began to really understand her obsession with stones and reconsider them myself. Her dealer is Joe Jelks of Horizon Mineral in Lewes, Delaware. Joe is a kind and very chilled out guy who hand cuts his own stones from minerals he sources from all over the world. I have to say I walked away with quite a few of his stones and set out to do a few pieces with them as a challenge to how I usually design.
The first of these challenges was this necklace that I made for my friend Indrayani in the UK that features one of Joe's hand-cut Ocean Jaspers. I chose this stone for Inda because she studies neuroscience and I thought the pattern in this Jasper was very cellular looking. Since the stone's pattern is not just on the surface and can also be seen from the back I decided to pierce the metal out in the back to reveal its pattern there too. I also added the extra metal pieces on the top and bottom to continue the pattern and imply that it was growing out if its frame.
The next few entries that I post will be on this series of pendants with stones, I hope you will let me know what you think.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
This brooch was created for yet another of my wonderful jeweler friends in Manchester, Samantha Mills. Sam is one of the few people I know who can rock a hat like nobody's business! I'm always so jealous when I see her because I want to wear hats with cool brooches on them but can never really pull it off like Sam. Maybe I can convince her to send in a photo of herself so you can see what I mean.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I will be teaching two classes this Spring, one at Metalwerx in Waltham and the other at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society in Lexington, both in Massachusetts.
Monday, March 10, 2008
I saw a great article on the Associated Press today about a group of knitters in Yellow Springs, Ohio who have created what they call a "knitknot tree". Various knitters in this town have knitted and stitched together patches to cover a tree! You could call it a tree cozy!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Chris Jordan drives the point home about the dangers and ethical questions of mass-production in his 2005 -2008 photographic series, 'Running The Numbers'. I never get tired of looking at these photos. I love how clever they are, the impact they have and their absurd beauty. These photos truly show why I make a strong effort to shop locally, buy things that are handmade and why I ask you to consider to do the same.