Friday, August 24, 2012

Shimmery Shibuichi - Achieving Complex Colors - Jill Hermans Jewelry

I recently came across this beautiful
lustrous jewelry created
by Jill Hermans.
The shimmering colors drew me
as strongly as a moth to a flame;
as one's angle of viewing changes the
 nuanced colors change as well.
She achieves a compelling range of
colorful effects by applying heat to
 shibuichi, an ancient Japanese alloy
of 75% copper and 25% silver. 

There's something about   
her work that I find peaceful and relaxing;
when I read her description of her work,
 it helps to explain why:

“…..At the present time my mind is occupied with the Japanese alloy shibuichi, and Japanese ideals of beauty and truth that seem to click so well with this rich material. By juxtaposing simple shapes and forms with rich and intricate surface colours and textures I am able to create a balance between simplicity and complexity. These explorations result in playful works that push the boundaries of conventional perceptions of the material, while still staying true to the essence of the metal.”

Her textural designs contrast well
with the variegated colors and each
piece presents new, unexpected combinations.

You can see more (much, much more)

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