Oak Ear Climberssold:)
hand fabricated in sterling silver and shed deer antler.
5.5 x 0.75 x 0.5cm
The submitted piece is a pair of sterling silver and shed antler ear climbers. This fully hand fabricated piece is made using the modern technique of fold forming to create eight unique oak leaves. Fold forming is only partially predictable, with the final product being influenced by the way the metal desires to move and stretch in response to carefully placed hammer blows. The ‘spine‘ of the fold must be accounted for in the final design before beginning, as the curve and thickness are inherent in the technique. This mix of desired design and organic movement leads to beautiful natural forms. These leaves are arranged in a tumble down the outer shell of the ear, with three tiny hand carved acorns made from shed deer antler. These antlers are collected by the artist's partner, found in the early spring as the deer who feed on the leftover grain in the fields naturally lose them.
These earrings are meant to evoke oak trees in autumn, losing leaves and acorns as winter approaches. The cycle of growth and loss through the year is reflected in both oak trees and deer antlers, both symbols of fertility and strength that wax and wane as seasons change.
Pam Tymensen grew up amongst the coulees of southern Alberta, and spent most of her summers in lower mainland BC. Since childhood she has been obsessed with the natural world; from Badland fossils to scuttling beach crabs. She has always been an artist interested in any medium she could get her hands on, often with work focused on the natural world around her. Her BFA was awarded from the University of Lethbridge in 2010. While colorfield painting and found object printing brought her joy, there still seemed to be a piece missing.
It seemed only natural to join her life long love of rock hunting and art in its perfect meeting point: Jewellery. She has happily been working full time at the bench since her graduation with Honors from the George Brown jewellery program in 2014. She topped off her final year in Toronto by being awarded Best in Show in Zilberschmuck’s final show for her tourmaline and fine silver granulation piece “-237ºC”. She decided to return to her heartland of Alberta to continue her goldsmithing journey. She was lucky enough to join a high end fine jewellery studio with a wide variety of goldsmiths to continue to learn from. She has quietly focused on perfecting her skills to a demanding level, and is once again starting to branch out into joining showsand competitions.
While she is perfectly capable of producing a classic solitaire engagement ring, her personal work often focuses on raw or unusually cut stones paired with technically challenging metal work. She is especially interested in the plasticity of how metal moves, and the endless textures inherent in the process of creation. A surface rippled with reticulation tells you something about the metal itself, the same way a hammer mark reveals the hand of the artist.