I think this sums it up well. I love a challenge. I love to create pieces that are multifaceted, involving layered narrative, multiple elements and techniques. In the spring I received the exciting news that one of my pieces would be included in Lark Books publication "Showcase 500 Art Necklaces", which was released in July. The piece they chose to include is one of my all-time favorites.
|Georgia Helen Griffith, a Locket. Photo by John Dowling|
|Front and back views of the locket.|
What I love about metalwork is that it is impossible to get bored. There are endless skills to learn. There is always a technical or creative challenge to be found. The piece below is a lost wax-cast cicada with hand-pierced articulated sterling silver wings. This piece was inspired by childhood antics playing with my brother. We loved to collect the cicada shells (he still has a huge collection). The cicada is symbolic in many cultures. In China the cicada represents long-life. In France the cicada was traditionally given as a housewarming gift. This is a design I have reproduced a few times because my customers have been very fond of it. As an artist or designer, if you ever find yourself at a loss for inspiration, just pick something from your life: a person, a memory, a favorite thing, and challenge yourself to express it though your jewelry. That has been the starting point for many of my favorite creations.
I'd also like to invite you to keep up with my work by following my blog: www.dreamsinmetal.blogspot.com.
My work can be found in a few galleries as well as a handful of shows, all listed on the blog as well. Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks MaryAnn for the invitation!
|Sterling silver bracelet with dendritic agate, fossil coral, fossil ammonite and trilobite|