Jewelry artist Peggy Eng begins the making process with a sketch, but she is quick to say that carving aluminum is often intuitive and the jewelry that emerges from each block of metal is often dictated by the metal itself.
The artist anodizes and dyes the aluminum, using color washes and intense saturation to strike a mood.
Split Corner brooch, carved aluminum, anodized and dyed
carved aluminum, anodized and dyed, freshwater pearl, 14k neckwire
Textured Pod brooch, carved aluminum, anodized and dyed
Triplets brooch, carved aluminum, anodized and dyed, freshwater pearls
Family brooch, carved aluminum, anodized and dyed, Tahitian pearl
“My forms are usually simple. Combined with texture and color they reflect bits of nature, more meditative than provocative. My work is a direct contrast to our culture today: it is slow to make, doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, and is usually subtle and quiet.” Peggy Eng