Gravity in GLue
Materials: Hot Glue & Sheet Music
This Neck piece was inspired by the tension of a romantic relationship, it is specifically inspired by the song “Gravity” by Sara Bareielles. In her lyrics, Sara expresses “you keep me without chains” and yet the context of the song suggests that she is unwillingly tethered to this other person. I wanted to play with the idea of a relationship being composed of transparent chains. These delicate restraints are meant to depict how a love affair is both beautiful and burdensome. There is a flower form that is intended to sit over the wearer’s heart, as if their heart is blooming or bursting. Incased in the glue chain is the actually sheet music from the song, highlighting certain words or phrases that support the concept of the piece.
Materials: Copper, Silver, Green Patina, enamel car paint, resin, velvet ribbon, an original oil painting (by Lana Abu Shamat)
The concept for this locket was inspired by the image of a girl sitting blindfolded in a field of poppy flowers, and also inspired by a good friend who found herself overwhelmed by the challenges of her painting course. The piece is entitled “embrace uncertainty” to express the idea that the things that are unknown in life are not necessarily scary. When it seems that we are blinded or lost, its possible that we are surrounded by beauty that simply hasn’t been revealed to us. Poppy flowers represent sleep, the subconscious, and death; thus they are the ideal symbol for the concept of finding beauty in the mysteries of life.
Materials: Etched Brass, Agate Slabs
Collection: Necklace, two brooches, buttons, stud earrings, asymmetrical earrings, double finger ring, cuff bracelet, and zipper pulls.
Coralation is a collection of accessories inspired by fan coral, ocean life, and the fashion designs of Alana Sola. The palate for Alana’s clothing was very neutral and sophisticated so she enlisted me to create a series of accessories that would bring color and organic shapes to further articulate her Aquatic inspiration. She wanted to include obnoxiously colored agate slabs and I worried that the use of this material would ruin the upscale quality of her work. So I had to manipulate the agate slabs to dull their color and set them in etched brass to highlight the stones translucency.
The Ballad of Orpheus
Materials: 16 gauge copper sheet, green patina, liver of sulfur patina
This vessel is inspired by the tragic Greek love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Half of the piece, the gnarled twisted portion, represents Orpheus’ journey into the underworld to recover the soul of his love. The other half of the form is an evenly formed Greek inspired vessel. This half has the lyrics to Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” etched through the metal to represent Eurydice’s spirit following him back to the surface. The work is meant to commemorate Orpheus’ sense of despair and unbalance without Eurydice.
Materials: Silver, Copper, Brass, Marriage of Metals, Mexican Turquoise
This series of rings was created throughout my college experience correlating what ever I was experiencing personally at the time of my studio courses. Each of the three features a swallow in various stages of flight.