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georgina brett chinnery’s leather crows

Georgina Brett Chinnery + Leather + Birds = WOW! If you’ve been following DAM, you might remember I recently had a close encounter with a raven. . .or a crow. . .not quite sure which. I feel strongly the bird was bringing me a message and it’s a powerful one.

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Georgina Brett ChinneryUsing cast metal legs with a skull and wire armature, UK based Chinnery hand stitches and molds tooled leather into life size crows.

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She believes the birds symbolize freedom as they soar high above us. Yes. What she said.

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“Georgina’s work. . .examines the juxtaposition of beauty, horror, death, rebirth, freedom and restriction.” ~ From the artist’s website

Georgina Brett Chinnery’s website

tinctory revisited: the constancy of change

I never get tired of researching fine craft and discovering new art to share, but sometimes I forget there are more than 3,400 posts on DAM and the artists I’ve shared continue to create new work. . .wonderful work. Hmmmm. It’s time to make a more concerted effort to revisit previously showcased artists to see what they are doing now. Has the work, the artist, the medium or the message changed?

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Today we revisit an artist we last took a peek at almost 5 years ago. Her hand-smocked, hand-dyed, repurposed silk creations spoke to me as much as her words – of romantic soft edges, movement, day dreams and the poetry of daily life. We only knew her as Eva and she was creating quite a stir with her unusual jewelry.

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Recently I discovered Eva had her first child about a year after I showcased her work and she found it challenging to create during those early months and years while she tended to her greatest creation, her sweet baby girl.

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Speaking about her infant daughter in 2012, Eva said “She’s unfurling like a new leaf, with the same energy that lies hidden in something tightly coiled.”

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As she settled in to her new role she wrote about the transition, words I’m fairly certain resonate with mothers everywhere:

“Now that it’s gone I’ve come to realize what played an important role in my past life: solitude. It let me focus and see in the way that made Tinctory what it was. Motherhood has been a time of intense closeness. I’m never alone. If I ever pick up this thread that’s hanging loose here something will have to be very different. I also found that being a mother to a baby is something I’m unable to do part-time for various reasons. So what I thought would be months away will more realistically be a few years.”

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tinctory4Eva let Tinctory go as she watched her toddler explore, announcing it was time to say goodbye to that chapter of her life. And then in January of this year she wrote that she is slowly resurrecting Tinctory. On her terms, in her time, to our delight!

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The fabrics she uses for her jewelry are tinted with natural dyes. On her blog she shares many photos, recipes, thoughts, ideas. The blog is a lovely trip; her words quiet and serene and, well. . .just lovely.

One of the new things she is working on is a series in which she challenges herself every month to make a piece dyed with whatever she finds outside at the time. The photo below is a necklace from that series.

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“The main feature of this curious necklace is a pleated and smocked fabric bead. It was made from organza silk dyed with oak galls. It has the shape of an irregular orb, maybe the oak gall itself or a seedpod from which emerges a mysterious ‘eye that sees’.”

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While I love all of her work, I am partial to the feathers series (seen above). I can’t tell you why, just that I love them. In the end, that’s what DAM really is – a collection of objects I love. For more than 8 years I’ve simply been sharing one person’s aesthetic. . .fine craft that makes me stop to look, explore, think, exclaim and that begs to be shared. Having your company on this journey of discovery makes it all the sweeter. . .

Previous post on DAM in 2010

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Eva’s shop

tzuri gueta: forging his own path

It’s been several years since I posted about Tzuri Gueta’s jewelry –  a recent visit to his website shows he’s been quite busy creating jewelry, textiles and furniture.

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Using a technique he developed and patented, Gueta and his team inject silk with silicone to create a unique type of textile he calls Silicone Lace. No machines, no molds, all handmade.

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Gueta, who likes silicone for its strength and flexibility, has created an impressive collection – do check all of his catalogues for a bevy of unusual shapes and sizes. The colors POP. The shapes bring to mind sea life and pods. The flexibility of the material is sexy. Love.

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Get a closer look at Gueta’s work and process in the two videos below:
 

 

 
Tzuri Gueta’s website

Gueta’s Jewelry Catalogues

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