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Danielle Merzatta

"Blue Palm Belt Buckle" - Danielle Merzatta, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

"Blue Palm Belt Buckle" - Danielle Merzatta, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

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"Blue Palm Belt Buckle" - Danielle Merzatta, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

@heidilowegallery

 

Materials

sterling silver, turquoise, lapis

Dimensions

2 ⅛” x 3”

Artist Statement

Our process begins with collecting. We are constantly looking at the world around us to find what isn't easy to see—to discover something waiting to be discovered. Our studio is full of little bits of adventures -- ours and yours. Some of our most beautiful forms were sent to us in packages from around the world by people who believe in this work.

We curate those organic collections, sorting through to find the moments that might sing. And then we carve, carefully moving towards the interior or hollowing out towards the outside. The pieces are carefully cast into gold, sterling or bronze in a process very similar to the 'Lost Wax Process', an ancient practice of creating forms from structures, but with the organic piece holding the form rather than wax.

We work with parts made in this way, integrating them, fabricating them, editing them and combining them, until we build a new language of forms. Those forms are often made in multiple and the units collect themselves into chains, bracelets, rings, earrings, and more. One collar necklace in our collection has 100 pieces of pinecone; another has 36 pieces of sea fan. Yet, one piece can hang as a stunning pendant allowing the story to be told in a single visual expression.

When a form we create has become a piece of jewelry that we love to share again and again, it joins our core collection - a group of pieces available in open edition, that we hope long outlives our own making. When we take small elements of those pieces, and mix them with one of a kind stones, we are making our palette collections. One of a kind pieces built on one of a kind stones, each sifted into a unique, seasonal color palette or made just for a show or client.

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