Monday, June 6, 2011

Joanne Thompson Jewelry

We've recently found jewelry made
by Joanne Thompson. Focusing on small metal rings
 linked together forming a mesh pattern
her work resembles chainmail.
While some metal jewelry can seem dense
and heavy, this artist's work gives a feathery light
 impression. It's this sense of lightness and
delicacy that we admire.

Made with sterling silver each piece uses hundreds of
rings linked and soldered together.
Some pieces are oxidized,
some are hammered. Each rhythmic, fluid design
is intricately weaved into a signature tube shape.
Here is a wonderful example of a bracelet that
when worn shows her three-dimensional
tube shape.  As is apparent in this picture,
when not worn it collapses
into a puddle of loops.

This lariat necklace is very full and voluminous
with hundreds of loops.
We like how the contrast of oxidized and non-oxidized
rings make it look like a scarf. 

By sheer repetition she creates rhythmic, fluid
designs that look and feel elegant.

The artist's signature tube shape can
be easily seen in this necklace.

Visually comples and tactilely interesting
each piece is rich in design and
very light in weight.


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