As long as we have been around, people have used plaiting, braiding, and weaving to protect, clothe, adorn, feed, and tell stories. We use materials of earth, things made in fire, to reveal how and where we intertwine and connect.
Discussion for this piece began in February of this year when I contacted AishaLikesIt.com, hoping to collaborate on a donation for Metalsmiths for Change. Knowing each other only through social media, the choice to collaborate was a leap of faith. What emerged through our rich discussions and periods of discernment was not only a peek into the other’s creative process but this beautiful necklace.
Aisha's mom, Yvette George, wearing "Double Helix".
Bidding opens on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10am Pacific Time on Instagram.
This Solidarity Auction benefits National Black Food and Justice Alliance .
Pictured above are both sides of the same pendant, on the original sketch.
It was a journey. I was Seeker and found what we were looking for:
White Buffalo Turquoise, straight from the mines.
A His and a Hers: celebrating two birthdays, a lifetime of love, and honoring the sacred.
Watch how it was made:
Interstitial art is any work of art whose basic nature falls between, rather than within, the familiar boundaries of accepted genres or media, thus making the work difficult to categorize or describe within a single artistic discipline.
In fact, my life has been an interstitial odyssey in many ways, so I resonate with this title; I am a bridge, a connection, I fill the spaces in between. In the past 17 years I've developed language to explain my work, my process, my medium. You may see some of my works here on my blog, and still are not sure what it is I "do". I make micro-mosaics--different from ancient micromosaics--not exactly mosaic and not strictly limited to jewelry. I am a goldsmith, a weaver, and a painter, and sometimes I combine all these. Calling myself an interstitial artist validates that I make connections where they didn't previously exist. I make work that does not fall into simple categories. My work is also interstitial in the way that I am often commissioned to create something from your life, a creative narration from heart, to hands, to life.
I have often said it is a joy to be able to commemorate special events for you. This latest example was a "blind" collaboration...a surprise gift for the man who penned this poem. His wife knows he appreciates my art as I have worked with him on gifts for her. I enjoyed a chance to work on something for him, having our previous conversations to draw from.
We decided to incorporate his poem into a framed micro-mosaic. The poem is inscribed onto a piece of marble, the overall size is just under 8" square in the frame.
This necklace will be up for auction through www.MetalsmithsForChange.com on Instagram.
Auction begins Saturday, May 8th, 2021 at 10am and ends Sunday, May 9th at 10am Pacific Time.
Made from their original wedding bands, melted down and forged anew to securely hold his ashes; visible yet obscured by a rutilated quartz.