In Philadelphia we have a tradition called First Friday in which the galleries downtown turnover to new exhibitions. This draws in flocks of creative talents and observers to partake in sipping wine while listening to hipsters have a jam session on the crowded sidewalk that is lined with artists, elbow to elbow, hovering over makeshift displays of their works. A wide variety of work is on display from paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry; any sort of imaginable aesthetic is available to your service.
This particular month I wandered into a gallery I have never been in before. I’m not particularly a fan of carpentry but my boyfriend wanted to take a walk through The Center for Art and Wood. Here we were entranced by the fine craftsmanship on display, the ingenuity of taking and ancient craft, and spinning a modern twist on the art, creating conceptual sculptures relevant to our modern day queries.
However what caught my eye in this wonderland of wood knots and wood grain was of course, a piece of jewelry. I happened across a stack of laser cut balsa wood necklaces. Ordinarily this would not catch my interest, but what did spark my inner child was that these pieces were interactive. Each necklace was a different color scheme and shape, but all were completely comprised of gears riveted together. When you spun one gear, all of them begin to spin. It was a delightful work of modern art that is toy-like and playful. And the burning of the wood from the laser gives the grain a nice shading to invoke a nice steam punk quality to the piece.
Overall this necklace was a delight to find in that it’s a piece of jewelry that is impressive artistically and conceptually but still just plain old fun. Below I linked the website of the creators of the piece, Green Tree Jewelry. Enjoy!