The ”Mesh” necklace concept
evolved from my earlier necklaces based on assembled elements and the collar
form. “Mesh” is a title I have given to a manufactured chain of fine brass
screening, which has been rolled into a hollow tube. The tube of mesh is
flexible, and the ends are capped to receive the catch. I began using this
“Mesh” chain with glass and metal pendants in 1995.
My intent is for the pendant
to be the focal point with the chain providing a simple but elegant means of
presentation. Focus on the pendant has freed up my attitude in two ways;
one, by not being bound to such a labor intensive complicated task as I had
in the Elements Series and, two, letting go of the notion that the use of
commercial chain was inappropriate for my work. By designing a simpler
necklace I can develop and execute more ideas.
The wearability is extremely
important to the owners of my necklaces. I find this very challenging
because I am creating jewelry that I intend to be important artistically as
well as user-friendly. In the art jewelry community it is quite customary
to create pieces which are deliberately unwearable. Although this opens up
endless possibilities for form and style, the concept of making a work of
art, which is comfortable on the body, is more interesting to me. I
continue to find solutions to this self-assigned problem, and am developing
ideas in several directions which are derived from the “Mesh” necklaces.