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sue wainright: the wainright zoo

If you love animals, Sue Wainright’s zoo will find a special place in your heart. The UK artist uses sterling silver, black patina and gold, creating each piece in layers separated and joined by hidden tube spacers. A former architect, Wainright’s work illustrates how this technique allows for a truly three dimensional object.

Sue Wainright Zebra

The Zebra’s stripes are pressed into sterling silver sheet by rolling against a stencil of textured paper. Black patina is then applied to the stripes and black Swarovski crystals add the finishing touch to his eyes.

Sue Wainright Tiger


The Tiger’s face is made up of fine silver burnished with 24kt gold foil. Orange glass foiled beads for eyes and black patinated silver stripes complete this creature’s charm.

Sue Wainright Lion

The Lion’s face boasts a muzzle of black patinated silver, 9kt gold eyebrows and tiger’s eye bead eyes. “The face is suspended over a black rubber necklet which passes through a tube within the creature’s muzzle.”

Sue Wainright Elephant

The Elephant, another pendant in the collection, is sterling silver set with red Swarovski crystal eyes. Note the face is connected to the circular frame by the tip of his trunk. Nice!

Sue Wainright Tree Frog

The Tree Frog – a large sterling silver brooch – has a complex multi-layer camouflage pattern design on his back in bright and black patinated areas. I envy his green malachite bead eyes.


Sue Wainright’s website



rebecca fargher: treehouses, stories and treasures

Rebecca Fargher’s work shares stories of childhood, whimsy and wonder. The detailed treehouse necklaces shown below sparked sweet memories of the treehouse my father built for my brother when we were children. Long gone. . .both my father and the treehouse. . .Fargher’s collection reminds me that the hours spent in this favorite childhood place and the love that went into creating the hideaway live on.

Rebecca Fargher, Treehouse Locket

Treehouse Locket

“The treehouse – a place of secrets, to hide treasures, of stories and imagination. These works explore imagined tree sanctuaries, comprising dream like constructions of rickety architecture precariously balanced on twiggy branches, boxes hiding the secret treasures of children gilded with imagined currency, experiments, inventions, names carved in wood.  The treehouse as a site of real and imagined memories, childhood flights of fancy.”

Rebecca Fargher, Observatory Treehouse

Observatory Treehouse Necklace

Rebecca Fargher, Orientalist Treehouse Necklace

Orientalist Treehouse Necklace

Rebecca Fargher, Castle Treehouse Necklace

Castle Treehouse Necklace

Rebecca Fargher Villa And Kowhai Treehouse

Villa And Kowhai Treehouse

Rebecca Fargher, Music Box Necklace

Music Box Necklace

Fargher also created a collection of everyday objects like shoeboxes and tins, narrative lockets that open to reveal tiny treasures – the things we keep, gathering dust, waiting to tell the stories of our past and present.

Rebecca Fargher, Biscuit Tin Locket

Biscuit Tin Locket

Rebecca Fargher Biscuit Tin Locket Inside

Biscuit Tin Locket Inside

Rebecca Fargher, Shoebox Pendant

 Shoebox Pendant

Rebecca Fargher, Bird In A Cage Locket

Bird In A Cage Locket

Rebecca Fargher, Bird In A Cage Locket Inside

Bird In A Cage Locket Inside

Rebecca Fargher’s website



anika smulovitz: keys. . .and mothers

Key: something that affords a means of access; something that affords a means of clarifying a problem. Though there are many definitions of the word, these resonated most for me when I saw Anika Smulovitz’s sterling silver Key Collection.

Anika Smulovitz Dandelion Key

Dandelion Key, sterling silver, 5″ x 2 1/8″ x 2 1/8″

Anika Smulovitz Loss and Longing ll

Loss and Longing II, sterling silver,  5 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 1/4″

Anika Smulovitz Globe Thistle Key

Globe Thistle Key, sterling silver, amethyst 5 7/8″ x 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″

Note the profile portraits cut into some of the keys – among them, a profile of her mother on the Globe Thistle Key. I love this. Mothers hold the key to so much as we grow and learn, as we love and lose. Soon I will mark the first full year without my own mother and she is ever present in my thoughts. Anika’s key portraits brought a tear and a smile. . .

Anika Smulovitz Fern Key

Fern Key, sterling silver, garnet, 3 1/4″ x 7/8″ x 3/4″

Anika Smulovitz Loss and Longing

Loss and Longing I, sterling silver, 5″ x 5″ x 1/4″

“It is not so much the key, as it is what the key can unlock that fascinates us.” ~Anika Smulovitz

Anika Smulovitz’ website

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