Tuesday, June 11, 2013

White Bougainvillea ring

White Bougainvillea ring
Sterling silver, yellow cubic


This latest ring, the "white Bougainvillea ring", is a testament to the flued nature of my design process. Not all things are planned, they happen in what seems by accident. These happy accidents I think are years of research, making, planning that happen to unfold unrelated to what I’m working on or what is around me but have actually been years in the making.

 Let me explain.

 These fold form leaves that make up the leaf/petals that make up a Bougainvillea flower on this ring are 10 years old. I made them in my second year of studies in South Africa. For some reason I kept them instead of melting them down to use in other pieces. They have survived studies, starting a business, immigrating, starting a business again and motherhood....all unscathed.

 They happened to be on my bench the other day when I was working through my commercial pieces. In a tea break I started playing around with them and some shanks that I had on my desk, like you may doodle when on the phone.....before I new it .....A star was born.

 I'm excited about this ring because not only has it used the old leaves in a dynamic way but it answers a problem that I’ve had. I have a Bougainvillea range in my catalogue that uses cast wax flower forms. These are limited as they are left over from when I immigrated 5 years ago I have not been able to cast in Oz as its too expensive and I was feeling sad to lose the range. In a quiet moment my mind answered the riddle for me and in what a spectacular way!

 The NEW "white Bougainvillea range" will be out soon and I feel thrilled about it.

  



White Bougainvillea ring on hand
Sterling silver, yellow cubic

White Bougainvillea ring on hand
Sterling silver. yellow cubic

White  Bougainvillea ring
Sterling silver, yellow cubic

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