Thursday, October 6, 2011

Enamel Flowers by Linda Darty

The rich color of transparent enamels fired over
polished metal is delicate and fascinating.
One of our favorite enamelists is
Linda Darty.   This artist, author, and teacher
does it all and does it wonderfully well.

Her current collection features a broad range
of recurring floral motifs, but they're
 not just simple flowers.
Her jaw-dropping silver settings are designed as 
flowers, leaves and branches which are
then matched with delicately
enameled blossoms.
She is a master of champlevé and cloisonné
enamel techniques and it is these particular pieces in her
collection that we love the most.
But sometimes it's difficult to decide which are
more beautiful - the settings or the enamel centerpieces.

As one examines her work in the light the viewer
notices different colors
begin to appear more pronounced.
It's mesmerizing to turn it in the light and
enjoy its richness and depth.

 The enameling medium is demanding and unforgiving.
Yet when done well the effects can be spectacular.

Her painterly approach to enameling
 produces irresistible gemlike surfaces, brilliant colors,
extraordinary depth and varied textures.

Luckily, for those who love her designs
 there will be an opportunity to see some of her
work in person this month.
Linda will be participating in the annual Signs of Life
contemporary jewelry art show being exhibited
at Facèré Art Jewelry Gallery.

One of her contributions to this event will be
a multi-dimensional brooch created with 
her trademark champlevé and cloisonné
enamel techniques.
It's called Santa Maria del Fiore.

Signs of Life 2011 showcases work by only nine jewelry
artists paired with nine writers in a unique
publication that celebrates both
literature and jewelry art.

This exhibition will run from
October 5 - October 26, 2011.

For more information about the
Signs of Life exhibition you can visit
Facere Art Jewelry Gallery.

And for more info about the artist
you can visit her website.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a wonderful display of jewelry. I can't attend, but do appreciate you posting some of the jewelry on display.


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