Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seascape Ring

I have written before of how often, upon witnessing a mesmerising piece of cinematography or becoming wrapped up in the all encompassing melody of a song, that I often contrast their mastery to the minuteness of my own art and it leaves me feeling a little bereft, sometimes.

Bereft in the sense that their canvases are so large, bereft in the sense that they can employ space and sound and colour and weave them all together into an art that can stand wide and tall.

But then I made this ring.

And I realised that although my canvas may be small I have an advantage over those other art forms in that I actually get to gather real physical ingredients, small hunks of the 'Earth' and create compositions that have a solid, real and permanent presence.

This thing that I do, this goldsmithing and stone setting and cutting and soldering, suddenly didn't seem so small anymore.

This ring was a private commission that was a reinterpretation of my 'Eat Your Greens' ring (which can be found on Etsy here).  The client loved the matt pebble in the Yellow Submarine ring and the leafy texture applied to the stone housing.  The ring needed to be part of the seaside.

I got busy sourcing this most tranquil piece of turquoise.  The organic faceted surface is just beautiful.  The lack of transparency and sparkle make it pebble like whilst the colour is just the perfect evocation of those liquid depths, shifting with time and tide.

Seascape Ring, April 2015, Cari-Jane Hakes
The band is textured with the silhouette of intersecting crests and troughs whilst the back of the stone housing remains firmly planted on dry land with a trademark leaf texture applied deeply into the silver.

I will still compare my art to other disciplines but there is no point in considering the limitations because, to be honest, it just depends what lens you look through.  Perhaps those limitations are actually the foundations of all that is good in this discipline of combining rock and metal.  Perhaps those limitations of scale are actually the root of this discipline's greatest power and advantage. Perhaps wrapped up in this confinement there is a freedom of sorts.


  1. 'te medium is the message' marshall mcluhan


  2. For uni (in a subject I dropped because of the workload, but will pick up again soon) I started researching the role of art/artists in communicating the impact and realities of war/disasters/revolutions, and the role they have in shaping those events, or at least shaping the way people respond to them. I/ve been doing battle with myself to convince myself that it is ok to study fine art, and to walk away from project managing community projects (for a while at least), projects that are of clear benefit to people, and to focus on something quite selfish. I realise that the research project was as much an attempt to legitimise for myself, rationally, the importance of art and creative responses to the world around us - to give myself permission to be creative. I think we underestimate the importance of creative projects, be they large or small. There is a reason we are drawn to your jewellry, and your translation of the world around us, just as we are drawn to works in other mediums for a reason. As frivolous as it can seem at times, art "things" have a real role in our society, on both a small and grand scale. They help us to translate the world around us, to understand our feelings and connections to things....they give meaning.
    Whenever I want to show the world that there is a little more to me than jeans and tshirt (I dress plainly most the time), it is your rockpool ring that I put on, or the necklace or brooch. There is a mastery in small, textural pieces, pieces that are part of the every day, that can be worn and yet are completely unique....that a giant canvas, or cinematography cannot match...

    1. Andrea - I was really excited to hear about your new study when I was browsing through your facebook 'business' page! And I'm so glad that those pieces of jewellery have become part of your personality. I have to say, I am a bit partial to a pared back simple 'uniform' with just a splash of something silver - it's like seasoning - just a little bit - but it brings all the flavour out. Ok, I'm going to stop with my metaphors before I get myself tied up in knots!


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