coral branches, coral bead, repurposed lucite vintage beads from 1970, silver wire
6 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm
The coral branches spin off when wearing these mismatched earrings, and this explains the title: in fact, Colecchia was inspired by the old fashion games of hoop and stick, when kids would make their hoop roll by using a stick.
She sculpts her designs one unit at the time, creating challenging combinations of empty vs full forms, that keep her geometrical work light and dynamic. Working with minuscule seed beads forces a weaver to be methodical and attentive, as a small mistake on a large piece can turn into a serious complication. This technique is extremely time consuming, and necessitates the creation of a meditative state of mind.
When she begins a new project and start to look at and deal with this peculiar quality of bead-weaving, she finds that the practice is also the message. The values she sticks with and uphold in her practice are those of labor through intense artisanal skill, the quality of the work, and the enduring nature of a piece of jewelry.