Nexus, meaning the
connections of separate individual parts in a continual line, is the theme
of this series of necklaces. The individual lines are designed in response
to the form of the major elements of the composition.
A major element could be a
larger form such as a pendant or it could be a repeated form connected to a
number of links around the necklace. The linking elements are comprised of
basic geometric forms, and the rhythm of the connected line is determined by
the geometry of the linked design.
Materials and techniques
have also inspired me in the designs for this series. I have collected
various types of glass in a broad palette of colors. Although the glass is
intended for blowing, casting or optical lens making, I transform each to my
own use because of its particular properties. Working with numerous
machines, I cut and shape the glass and finish the surfaces off either by
hand polishing to a high gloss or by satin acid polishing. The metal parts
are created from sheet and bar stock that comes from industrial suppliers.
I fabricate an original form which I intend to be cast in multiples for the
connecting lines. Other forms are fabricated as a single piece which
becomes a central element of the necklace. I work often in brass and silver
which is plated with 24k gold. Some of my pieces are made directly in
silver and gold.
My first step in the process
of creation is drawing, which leads to cutting and shaping the metal and
glass. Although I follow the drawing, I often adjust the design in reaction
to the development of the three dimensional forms.
I have invented forms and
processes over a period of twenty-five years that have become a personal
vocabulary which I now rely upon. This allows me to compose neckpieces in a
variety of ways in the nexus series. The geometric shapes of my designs are
based on the idea of connection which results in a network of linear
elements moving throughout the neckpiece.
My interest in historic
jewelry led me to approach the basic form of the neckpiece in a traditional
manner. Two important characteristics of tradition are comfort to the
wearer, and adornment of the body. For me the piece should compliment the
woman without over powering her personal beauty.