[sterling silver, copper, enamel, Idaho douglas fir]
Each time I think I’ve finished working with lichen, the series seems to accidentally extrapolate itself. I don’t mind. It’s been fun to see this stuff continually unfold into and out of itself. I started working on these little guys when I was living at the Little Cabin In The Woods this fall. My kiln was in storage down at the base so I couldn’t do any enameling at the time but I patiently and careful thought about these pieces (only one shown here), sketched various versions of the enameled forms, daydreamed about the different natural objects to be used in conjunction with enameled components…I worked on those details for so long that falling into the actual work, the actual fabrication, feels like a gloriously beautiful and tidy exhalation of wild little spirits from my lung chambers. Additionally, it’s feeling awesome to use a bit of tree in a jewelry design. I’m tickled!