Ears VIII 'Women Listen'sold:)
solid sterling silver (.925), wire and sheet
5.0 cm x 2.5 cm x 0.2 cm
Handmade at the Arte Fact Jewels workbench, these earrings are made of sterling silver sheet and wire and assembled by soldering. Surface textures have been altered by hammering and abrading.
The designs are linked by the concept of 'listening'. 'Listening' is an active and conscious attempt to hear. By duplicating 'ears' in definite or abstract form suspended from a person's ears, the act of paying attention, hearing, understanding and remembering, all aspects of 'listening', is emphasized. Ultimately, she wants the earrings to project the intention that we share the space between us and to increase the vibration of empathy within that space.
Drawing ideas is an integral part of Alfi's jewelry practice. In the earrings submission, design elements are derived from a series of sketchbook drawings of the structures of the visible external human ear. As the drawings evolved, abstraction of the visible ear structures suggested new design possibilities.
Creating wearable objects with meaning and value is for Alfi an act of problem solving. In the process of problem solving, imagination, drawing skills, use of color and textures contribute to sculptural expression. Ultimate satisfaction is achieved when a piece of jewelry connects with someone who relates to the essence of the piece.
This earring design is light to wear, but care should be taken to ensure that 'projections' are handled with care. Store earrings in a fabric or ziploc bag to inhibit oxidation of silver. Clean by soaking in a mild solution of warm water and mild dish soap (e.g. Palmolive). Brush after soaking with a soft toothbrush and dry.
*Model wearing Option A/Three Strand Design*