Saturday, April 16, 2011

8CTO Design!

Labradorite and oxidized silver.

Sometimes I come across a jeweler who stands out to me, and I want to share them with all of you! So, when I found 8CTO Design, I knew I'd be blogging about her work, because everything she puts out is beautiful. Everything she puts out is handmade out of California. While she does have a great variety of jewellery, my favorites are the "Mystic Blue Stone~ Labradorite" collection. I love when natural materials are used to create a piece of jewellery. To me, there is something unquestionably beautiful about a semi precious stone (the right stone) coordinated with oxidized silver, brass or copper to create a piece of wearable art.
Her selection isn't limited to chunky bangles, or dainty feminine pieces. She eases from one style and collection to another comfortably and flawlessly. When looking at an artists creations, I tend to see hesitation when switching up mediums, and things end up to look forced or rushed, but all her work is consistent. Here's her mission statement, taken from her facebook page.

In her early years as a fine artist, her drawings and paintings have progressed from realism to abstraction and then into three dimensions. While attending RISD, she learned to work with wood, ceramics, glass, various polymers and their different production methods. She also began to explore metal design, from traditional metal smiting to precision milling works incorporating precious metals, cast iron and heavy alloys.
This knowledge informs her present work and the fascination with the medium resonates in it as well. She has a supreme commitment to the materiality of her work, and an unwavering insistence on maintaining the integrity of the process and the materials in developing her visual vocabulary.

Now for a few drool-worthy pieces!
(note the variety)

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh! The last set of earrings I love so much!!!

    I had a dream about you (and dennis) for some reason last night. I guess it was supposed to be wednesday and you were volunteering at the third ave collective, but it wasn't the third ave collective. It was at the old North Nechako Elementary school grounds. (which is where a lot of my dreams take place) but I guess it was like some sort of commune, and you did this huge speech about it.. It was really odd. :/


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