When creating these pieces, the broken shape is taken into considerate - as it was found - and a varnish was used to encapsulate the edges where one can often see the remnants of history along the original break. Therefore, when creating adornment, it’s existence is celebrated, as well as the state in which it fell from use.
This piece is mounted on German Silver on a Sterling Silver chain with a lobster clasp with a fresh water pearl on the end of the 20 inch chain.
Antique Ceramic Plate ware, Sterling Silver, German Silver, Pearl
1.5" x 2"
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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