Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Are we consumed by the new?

I've been working for some time now on re-creating, keeping a very small toolbox and minimally affecting the environment by discovering the beauty in re-purposed metals, antiques, stones and fabrics.
-Rome 1998, Art School, a tiny studio with the perfect balcony to hang clothes on, a lush green and burnt orange stuccoed courtyard in the artisan quarter of Trastevere. With limited resources and limited materials I began re-thinking that which is discarded. The journey of neglecting the new and opting for the old, putting constraints on what I create by what was available, not a supply and demand philosophy.
I adorn those who wear my pieces with our past, present and future in one. Each piece of jewelry each garment of clothing is one of a kind and each has its' own story. I've travelled the markets and estate sales from Rome to the far most corners of upstate New York and many in between to find treasures that speak to me, that have provenance and those that don't. I breathe new life into them so as to continue their story.
Due to the nature of this work, sometimes I have many things sometimes few but I'll be posting each hunt for more treasures and soon to follow will be the pieces.

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