Going for Bronze!

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” Marc Chagall

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Last week I spent my ENTIRE week in my [extremely organized] studio making new work! Lately I've been having so many new ideas and feeling so positive and productive, however it is of course layered in with being human aka experiencing self doubt and overthinking... My solution was to focus on the part of jewelry that I love - the actual making!

Building pieces from wire is my favorite thing to do. I love shaping and manipulating the metal. I love soldering! I love being meticulous. I don't looove polishing (it is a messy messy job) but I DO love when you end up with a shiny piece of metal that glints in the sun! So, I decided to focus on all those things! What I've ended up with is a group of work that I like to think of as fully realized doodles or sketches in bronze.

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I chose to work in bronze because, though it has a long & important history, it isn't considered a precious metal which means it also doesn't have the price of precious metal. I am able to work quickly and spontaneously in this medium without fear of wasting material. If something doesn't work, I don't mind scrapping it! Another perk of working in bronze is its weight... It is lighter than gold and silver, so this allows me to experiment with size. I love working tiny but in the name of adapting and changing, why not work larger?? It's all very freeing.

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Here I've created some components in bronze and then played with how they might fit together. It really is like sketching in 3D and I love it!

Here I've created some components in bronze and then played with how they might fit together. It really is like sketching in 3D and I love it!

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A lot of the new pieces I've created so far were inspired by antique jewelry, ornate ironwork and historical imagery in jewelry. I hope to experiment more with size and how pieces play off each other as well as the jewelry's relationship to the body when worn.

This new direction I'm exploring is very exciting because I get to work in a different mindset, I get to experiment with new design ideas and it also lets me offer some brand new tiny wearable sculptures at a much lower price point! The collection is launching this week with many items under $100 and I'll be adding more pieces as I create them! Stay tuned!

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Maricha Genovese