polymer clay, nickel-free metal earwire and rings
This item is handmade and hand sculpted. No molds were used. Colour may differ slightly due to computer monitor screen settings. Not recommended to wear this item while swimming, to avoid damage. Always treat jewellery gently to prolong its lifespan.
Julie Epp’s work, both 2D and her wearable art, are inspired primarily by the art-nouveau movement of the early 20th century, particularly Alphonse Mucha and Louis Tiffany. The importance of beauty, nature, and depiction of curves and shapes found in botany and anatomy.
Epp’s 2D artwork focuses on the pairing of floral and natural elements with portraiture, while her jewelry is formed largely using natural features. She incorporates a variety of colour palettes that bring out the most vibrant pigments in each colour. She works with polymer clay, and each flower and each earring is handsculpted
so no two flowers are exactly the same. The featured flowers vary in size, shape, and how they sit on the earring base. Building the clay slab starts with forming the base, then laying out the various patterns of leaves and vines, and flowers and their groupings. She then sculpts the leaves, flowers, and vines by hand, attaching them to the slab individually. The slab, once built, is cut into each earring, pairing the similar ones despite them not being a perfect match.
The earring’s individuality is what shows the handmade aspect of Epp’s work, affirming that each piece truly is one-of-a-kind. She also uses recycled jewelry pieces to add embellishments to some of her work, which are recycled, cleaned, and repurposed alongside the floral elements.