● The chain is an adjustable length in sterling silver with a lobster style clasp.
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A little history - it is a natural feature that drained the swampy land of most of Nola into Lake Pontchartrain and it extended much farther than today and colonial era and early 19th-century maps show.
The portion still in existence today was navigable by canoes and similar small vessels, used by Native Americans since Pre-Columbian times.
When I was younger I lived on Park Island, which is featured in this necklace. It is a man-made island with amazing mid-century architecture. It shaped my world and stoked my love of architecture from a young age.
Copper etching, sterling silver
2.5 inches x .5 inches
Shipping cost: $8.00
Hailing from New Orleans, Couvillion is inspired by the built environment around her and the various states of its decay, as well as the fleeting ephemera we fail to appreciate each day.
Her jewelry work comprising metal etchings of historic New Orleans maps - some dating from as early as the 1700s culled from archives - make permanent an ephemeral aspect of our city’s history. From raw sheets of metal they transform into jewelry through an intensive, handcrafted process involving heat image transfers, various etchants, patinas and polishes, as well as hammer forming, ultimately becoming small, wearable archives in suspension.
This adornment immortalizes the transitory landscapes of New Orleans’ history: from trade routes and forgotten swamps to abandoned asylums whose architectural residue still decorates the landscape today.
Ultimately, her work blurs the lines between the past and the present, weaving the historic antique with a contemporary chic.
Brandi Couvillon is a New Orleans artist living and working between two rivers - the Mississippi and the Amazon.
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