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Species Specific Botanical Jewelry

Botanical Anatomy

Natural phenomena like tree rings and flower geometry show us the logic and patterns in nature.  We hope to expand on this idea in 2019.  We want to explore medicinal properties, cells, and roots.  The hard part is figuring out how to put the art in the science of plant development.  

Our tree ring collection is our best hit so far.  The patterns created by woody growth over wet seasons or hot seasons, is a visual representation of the beauty of the science that is readily understandable.  In the same vein, the ceramic colored petals that we make easily translate the beauty and individuality of a flower's component parts.  

The most realistic pieces in this collection are the vines dipped in wax and cast directly to preserve their spiral forms.  I see some vines grow straight up huge trees and hold on and grow until their main stems are thicker than my arm and they are 30 odd feet in the air. Vines have created a huge biological advantage for themselves with these flexible grippers that can stabilize fast vertical growth

Our latest anatomical piece is the lotus root.  These underwater tubers are a common starch in Asian cuisine, and they have such an interesting shape.  The negative spaces are the channels that water travels through.  

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Virginia Creeper- Beautiful, Troublesome Vines

We are casters, using the lost wax casting process to turn wax sculptures in to jewelry.  But sometimes we let nature do the sculpting and cast bits of plants directly.  See how we collect these invasive vines to cast twisty tendril bar necklaces and spiral earrings.


Math in Flowers, Symmetry, Fibonacci, and a Fun Video

A lily has 3 petals, a buttercup has 5, the chicory has 21 and daisies have either 34 or 5 ...wait, those are numbers in the Fibonacci sequence.  

See a great video about mathematical patterns in plants.  Also learn the basics of flower symmetry and their efficient radially growth.