Posts Tagged ‘artisan jewelry’

paper and metal

paper and metal

Something that makes me love metal is that it seems so hard and permanent, and yet it can be imprinted by paper.  A simple sheet of paper pressed against metal at high pressure will mark the metal; the metal will even take on paper’s subtle texture.  Wha?!! These pieces are all made in tribute to [...]

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If at first you don’t succeed…

If at first you don't succeed...

I’m hard at work in the studio this week. I’m actually rather overwhelmed with all I need to do.  It feels like I’ll never finish. This morning, in fact, I realized that in making my plan for all of the things I’m producing for the fair on Saturday, I had veered off course.  I was [...]

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traveling westward earrings

To me, the west is wild country and glowing skies and history and cowboys and surviving hardship and making new starts. I’ve spent the last eight years travelling westward: from Virginia, to the Midwest, to California, and in California, travelling closer and closer to the coast. I now live three blocks from the Pacific Ocean—just [...]

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speaking of specimens…

speaking of specimens...

…yesterday, I wrote about why they inspire me. Here are the fruits of that inspiration: I drew the markings by hand, then etched my drawing into the silver.  The earwires are attached to the wings by a handmade riveted joint, designed to reference the hinge between a butterfly’s wing and its body. Solid and fluttery. [...]

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The open palm

The open palm

In almost every culture, the image of an open palm conveys the same meaning: openness, listening, a willingness to accept what is given.  It can mean “welcome” or “I hear you.”  For some, it signifies giving oneself over to a higher power.  And for some, it is a kind of pledge to live in the [...]

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vintage-japanese-inspired wave ring

vintage-japanese-inspired wave ring

There’s something about Japanese prints of the Edo period that captivates me—especially the printmakers’ depictions of the ocean.  Their bold style seems particularly suited to crashing waves; they capture so well the surging energy, the motion. What draws me to these prints is the way the clean lines and controlled design somehow create emotional depth—it [...]

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wild antler necklace

wild antler necklace

I have never come across a shed antler, but I can imagine how it would feel to walk through the woods, the mottled canopy-light sifting over you, and suddenly there it is: the wild, creamy bone.  As if you were chosen and it had been placed there in front of you. I carved this small [...]

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ode to the victorian naturalists

ode to the victorian naturalists

I’m inspired by the careful way the Victorian naturalists observed the natural world.  Lacking the ability to take photographs of what they saw, they painstakingly rendered it by hand: insect by insect, bird by bird, leaf by leaf. The detail cameras can capture today is awe-inspiring.  But I also sometimes wish that art and science [...]

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Gateway School Auction

Gateway School Auction

A friend of mine has two great kids who attend a great school in Santa Cruz, and that school, Gateway School, is having an auction to raise money for scholarships and other great things for kids.  I decided to create a piece to donate to the auction:

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