Threesome. This ring was created from cocoons, sterling silver, paint, feathers and glass beads. It measures 6 L x 14 W x 12 H cm and was made in 2020. To be worn with love and care.
Creating jewelry offers an intimacy and commitment to refinement that speaks to my sensibilities. Whether with intent or not, one’s art is autobiographical expression.
My formal artistic biography began in 1973 at Sheridan College School of Design in Ontario where I majored in textiles. The transition from sculptural textiles to body ornament was a logical development which represents a distillation of artistic focus.
The materials that I find and am drawn to are most often the inspiration for my creations. The cocoons and feathers in my ‘Camp’ rings reference my background in textiles. Using materials out of context is a consistent aspect of my work giving them an ambiguity that draws the viewer’s attention, questions preconceived notions of value and suggests new meaning. As with all the material I have used, their possibilities continue to unfold and reveal themselves to me.