|Two of Susan's unbelievable works. The one on the left is a resin doll|
creation that comes apart into a stack bracelet set and a ring. The other
is a fantasitc collar of resin papers and a jillion other things...beautiful!
|The Tessa locket I adore....sigh....|
Anyway, my point is, that neither Susan or Tessa confine themselves in any way shape or form. Both create works that some may find overwhelming, sometimes disturbing and not jewelry-like in the least. True ART JEWELRY by my definition. I wanted to ask in this post if any of you ever create designs for the pure joy of creating, without worrying about whether or not the finished result will reside within the conventional definition of “wearable jewelry”??
|SLK inspired rings. My favorite is the tall|
grass ring. Yes, I kept it, and yes, I wear it!!
I do this quite a bit. Especially with my “storybook” or Sacred Salvage designs. These designs are usually accompanied by a short story or poem, and some of them are intended to be shown on their own as art when not being worn. I create a shadow-box, stand, or some means to hang the piece on a wall. They are meant to be displayed outside a jewelry box. Some are extravagant statement pieces, some are just down-right strange. All were wonderful and cathartic to create. Some will never be sold, simply because it will take an adventurous individual to embrace them, and also because I find it hard to part with them when I’m done!!! I’ve added some photos here, including a few of what my husband refers to as my “creepy baby” designs. While not for everyone, these designs are some of my favorites to date. They reflect my intention to explore what is possible in jewelry design, my desire to tell stories, and my passion for creating something beyond “pretty”. Does that make sense? Does it have to?
|Tessa's tiny bronze babies feature heavily here, along with antique|
miniature porcelain German dolls I collect. Two of the bronze babies
are attached to antique sterling silver olive serving spoons.
Oh, and a ring made from coyote teeth.
|I made this particular Party Hat Ring for myself using an antique|
patterned brass band, gears, patina copper, bone, polishing
wheel, enamel steel wire and pearls. One of my favorites!