Every now and again I like to mix things up, and making jewelry is a great way for me to explore the themes in my work. I love looking at my art from new angles, and seeing my favorite images come to life in different forms. Much like my encaustic series, my jewelry takes details from my paintings and my photographs and uses them in fresh ways.
Here’s what’s new now, and all of these pieces will be available this Saturday the 13th at my studio during the December Open Studios. I have more coming soon, as well.
“Sea Glass” pendants, front side. All feature small reproductions from earlier paintings.
Reverse side of the same “Sea Glass” pendants featuring images from my paintings.
Close-up of a Monarch Sea Glass pendant. This is from my painting “Untitled (Fly)”.
Close-up of a Luna Moth Sea Glass pendant. The background image is sourced from a vintage French postcard.
“Pipe Dream” pendants. All are double-sided. The “Loon” is VERY Minnesotan- featuring our state bird from one of my previous paintings, and on the reverse, a small photo I took of adirondack chairs facing Lake Superior. I’m guessing I’m going to have to make a LOT more of these before too long!
Keyhole pendants- the keyhole leads through to the other side to bring you into a “Secret Garden”. They are rather labor-intensive, but really worth it.
The “Secret Garden” side of the Keyhole pendants. I have LOTS of ideas for future works of this nature; they really appeal to my love of miniatures and dioramas, and they are just plain fun!
I have many more in production at the moment, I just can’t seem to get enough of these. The “Sea Glass” charms me with its irregular form and layering. I like the juxtaposing of vintage postcards and written words with “fluttery” things, metaphorically putting writing into speech, and playing off of the idea of a postcard “taking flight” to its recipient. Exploring the space and depth of the “Pipe Dreams” is obsessing me as well. I am thinking BIG in a very small space (think tornados!) and look forward to offering more of these as they are finished.