Radiance : a showcase of contemporary earrings
June 18 - August 23, 2020
One of a kind interpretations of the classic hoop, dangle, and stud earring.
3" x .75" x .75"
Artist: Lorraine Kolasa
Ann Arbor, Michigan
What started off as an experiment—casting store-bought lace, purely just to see if she could—has evolved into the casting of handmade lace, nautical knotwork, plastic canvas, and more. It’s the transformation of fiber crafts into metal, and the recontextualization of them as jewelry and wearable objects, that fascinates her—how something so soft, delicate, and often overlooked can turn into something hard, durable, and precious. Fiber crafts have been a hobby of hers for almost as long as she can remember, and they similarly hold an equally important role in the lives of countless others. They’re heritage; they’re culture; they’re therapy, both physical and mental; they’re warmth and protection and—most of all—they’re worthy of respect and celebration.
These particular pieces began as hand-tatted and hand-crocheted cotton, which was then cast into sterling silver using the lost wax casting method. (I both make my own lace, which includes designing the patterns, and do my own centrifugal casting.) No thread is left underneath through this process, and no resusable molds are used, meaning that each piece of lace needs to be remade each time. As a result, each piece is guaranteed to be unique, even though the patterns might be the same.