THE METAL ARTS GUILD
presented a show displaying different interpretations of possible futures and the place of metalwork within them.
I had 2 pieces in it, which you can see below. The "Bodice Ballast" necklace sold.
Beside them are the fantasy descriptions of life in two alternate futures, circa 2067, which inspired the pieces.
WaterBoatman Family Badge Scientific & Technological Utopia, 2067: increased leisure time, everyone can be creative
Bronze, sterling silver, moonstone
There are so few animals left, that finding any non-human creature is a wonder. We prize our insects, keeping them in terrarium-globes as Household Gods. Due to world pollution, people wear protective body armour based on the exoskeletons of insects.
My family has been keeping small water beetles, called "Water Boatmen", for a few decades now, as our honored insect. When I get tired of virtu-interfacing with my colleagues, I love to watch them rowing about in the globe.
I made this prototype for a family badge based on the Boatman, using silver, bronze, and moonstones, which I bought through teleport transfer. The glow of the stones conveys the wisdom of these versatile insects, and is appropriate, living on the moon as we do.
Bodice Ballast Trade Necklace Regression, 2067: collapse of world economy, return to medieval-like fortress communities
Bronze, sterling silver, copper, garnet, opal
In our walled city of Tower Onto, we are privileged to be on the Great Lakes trade route. The tight bodices worn by both genders serve as signboards to display both our wealth and items for barter: the "ballast" which keeps our economy afloat.
The old machines don't speak to us anymore, but books still tell us of the past. I look to the "Belle Epoch" of 1900, when fashion styles were much like the present day, and metalwork reached an opulent peak, which has declined with our many wars.
I scavenged ruined industrial sites for materials, finding bronze sheeting and copper wire. Trading for an old, minimalist necklace from the late 1900s, when jewellery was so plain, I re-used its silver, opals, and garnets. The silver chain has nodules that remind me of the fishing lures we make here on Lake Onto.
Antique Jewellery Reproductions for sale
Click on picture for information
The following pieces of jewellery were my entries in the 2007/08 Metal Arts Guild 60th anniversary show. The first listed, Tool chest, was chosen to be part of the show which travelled Canada-wide.
Carved from wax and cast in sterling, this torso opens to reveal tools - a hammer, sawframe, file, snips and snipe-nose pliers - all fabricated from copper, brass, and nickel silver.
"Spawned from a word play with the intent to amuse, Tool Chest depicts the cards metal workers keep close to their chests. The hollow carapace depicted here is not an empty case of hopelessness, but a hope chest full of promise." - artist statement
Simply carved from wax and cast in silver, this pendant is meant to embody an allegorical form of the force with which most metal workers must deal. Hopefully it's friendly...
This was created as a wall piece, but was mounted for the show on a stand of bronze sheet. The bust was a lost wax casting in silver which was oxidized black, and the "art nouveau anvil" headgear was fabricated from copper and flame-oxidized.
This is a pen/ink and pencil drawing, called "Cellora", I created for a t-shirt contest held by Melora Creager of Rasputina.