Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Dawn Chorus

The piece that I have been working on, in between important commissions, is beginning to take shape.

The Dawn Chorus, Necklace, Work in Progress, Cari-Jane Hakes
The original idea for this piece was rooted in the deciduous forests that weave and climb and cling to the steep inclines that cut into the land that rises up from the back door of my workshop.  I've navigated these spaces over the last 7 months and watched as the canopy of leaves grew and began to make verdant tunnels of dappled light.  What was once an silent minimal graphic expression of bare branch against bleached out chalky winter sky has grown into a vast kaleidoscopic cathedral.

Detail to back of Pendant, Work in Progress, Cari-Jane Hakes
And so this piece has an interior, a 'floor' covered in leaves, a sifted foundation of root and vine and folded veins.  The back of the piece holds a similar, smaller pocket of space and is textured with a leaf skeleton that I found this winter past.  I've made the back from a heavy sheet of recycled silver which shows a bit of roughness in places.  It is timeworn, aged.

It's been a while since I made something on this scale, with this amount of detail.  Now all I need to do is make a chain link the whole story together.

Elsewhere on the bench, what began here, is being made in silver and precious stone.


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