Anyone who knows me well and my method of working on a new jewelry piece knows that I refuse to rush things. This last piece has proven no differently. I remember arguing with my teachers as a metals’ student, thinking that a piece that I felt strongly about producing completely from scratch was something that should be worthy of the time it takes to produce a work of “one-of-kind art” – and not what one of my dearest friends in college referred to as “slapping a project together.” This ideology has stood a long time with me.
Using motifs from the history of decorative arts, I chose to return to using chasing and repoussé in sterling silver. I incorporate a completely handmade sterling chain, clasp and hinge, referring back to the Victorian practice of placing meaningful items into a locket as a “homage” to loved ones. However, despite the Art Nouveau-styled undulating curves of the chased cover, I’m picturing the modern-day version of this wearer to be reading and receiving news from digital sources via smart phones and computer widgets.
As an example, why can’t the current-day vision of an ideal be a Vanity Fair reader concerned about Hillary Clinton’s art advocacy? Or better, just like an Art Nouveau-era intellectual may have been concerned with progress, now in the twenty-first century we are worried about our typing skills becoming “a dying art” in the age of the almighty smart phone. As a true advocate of social media, I have two Facebook accounts, one that is dedicated only to the work discussed on the artdoesmatter blog and my own metalwork. I type on my phone or iPad constantly – and only turn a larger computer on primarily when I need to design something in Illustrator or Photoshop. Mobile accessibility in the tech world has revolutionized us; typing on an old-fashioned keyboard is an activity soon to be mourned.
As discussed in a previous post, I design and typeset the two-dimensional interior news’ widget piece in Illustrator and draw out the decorative motifs that I chase and repoussé in silver. The 2-D graphic piece is printed in color on archival paper and set inside behind clear plexiglas that I hand-saw and polish to snap-fit into the octagonal-shaped oxidized silver locket body. Because I use materials like metal, paper, acrylic and sometimes fabric in my work, each jewelry piece becomes more of a mixed media composition that’s actually a wearable container for our recollection of soon-to-be-outdated technology.
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