Hello! From two summers ago, a memory of a tangled seaweed necklace studded with rocks inspired this recent work. I named this ‘Walk with me’ because I think of the person wearing it as a collector who picks up bits and pieces on long meanders on the beach or in the woods and strings them in her memory.
This is one of the artworks featured at the annual Edge Arts Collective show at the Orcas Centre Gallery on Orcas Island. The show is one of the most anticipated of the year among island artists and collectors, not least because of its swinging opening night party. It opens this Friday October 4th, party starts at 5.30pm. All invited.
I’ve had a long busy summer, and Fall (my favourite time of year! featuring my favourite colours!) signals my time to hunker down in the studio and translate my summer’s travels and inspirations in new work. Off I go. Won’t you walk with me?
I write this, totally bemused. I’ve made my (unexpected) first sale here in the US. Yay! I was on Day Two of the annual Orcas Island Artists Studio Tour, visiting the studio of ceramic artist and sculptor, Ellen Wherrette, when she bought one of my own floating ceramic necklaces right off my neck – literally. She liked it so much that she put it on immediately. Truth be told, it looked better on her than it did me. Thanks, Ellen, for a wonderful morale boost – I am honoured!
I made it months ago in Singaporean ceramic artist Jessie Lim’s studio. It features a fired, hand carved tribal mask pendant in an oxide wash, strung together with similarly treated hand coiled ‘bone’ fragment beads. The oxide was brushed on, left to dry and then burnished off with newspaper to get the aged effect. I used a clear nylon string so the beads would float on the wearer’s neck.
Here is a much chunkier version of the piece that Ellen now owns, to give you an idea.