Convo Dangle Earringssold:)
powder coat, brass, sterling silver ear wires
6.5 x 2.5 x 0.3 cm
Lightweight earrings in durable powder coat finish. To clean a powder coated area, use gentle soap and warm water to wipe clean.
Bergman's jewelry is created by adapting the traditional champlevé enamel technique to the industrial powder coat system. Each piece of jewelry is hand-cut from brass and soldered in layers to create a dimensional surface that is colorful, durable, and most of all, wearable. The illustrative matte black lines contrast with glossy pockets of color are inlaid by hand in a similar way vitreous enamel is wet-packed and inlaid in champlevé. Bergman combine these forms with handmade sterling silver elements, such as posts, chains, and clasps, and often creates kinetic works that utilize her intimate knowledge of American Sign Language.
The shapes of Bergman's work come directly from her illustrations and recordings of people I interact with daily. If a person makes an interesting combination of movements, she records this in a system of graphic bold lines and shapes originally inspired by Birdwhistell symbols. Bergman's jewelry can represent one person's combination of movements: a dropped shoulder, an open mouth, a neck tilted right, or even a dialogue between two people. Many of her illustrations are enlarged and manipulated directly from her sketchbook to metal in order to create wearable contemporary jewelry that always leads back to referencing the human form.
Bergman's recordings and illustrations are inspired by her life-long experience and fluency in American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Her brother was born deaf and attended a state deaf school. Bergman also attended class, summer camps, and cultural Deaf events throughout her entire life, and her bilingual family spoke ASL and English in the home. Some of her work represents illustrations of hand signs in ASL, such as the sign for “friend”. Bergman's work celebrates the Deaf spectrum and acts as a bridge for the hearing/non-deaf to gain access and understanding to the beautiful world of Deaf culture. As a hearing person herself, Bergman fights ableism and audism along the way. In short, be a good human.