In making this cuff, the 1880’s map was etched onto a piece of raw metal via a heated image transfer method. After an acid bath and a neutralizing solution, it was patinaed for additional depth.
It was then hammer worked, polished, sanded, lacquered, etc. It is lightweight but makes a bold statement. The cuff's patina will evolve naturally over time and become even more personal and unique.
1.25" x 6" (adjustable)
Shipping cost: $10.00
Hailing from New Orleans, my creative side has always been inspired by the built environment around me and the various states of its decay, as well as the fleeting ephemera we often fail to appreciate each day.
My 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. My mixed media jewelry lines are composed, quite literally, of lost fragments from the past - from remnants of Victorian era shoes to porcelain dolls excavated from old world privies with a local salvage expert.
Ultimately, my 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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