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copper, vitreous enamel, sterling silver
Though not as quick and easy as more conventional forms of medicine, the ritual of making a simple cup of tea, or other herbal preparations, can also be a form of medicine. Herbalism aims to create systems of awareness, respect, and understanding. It focuses on the mutually beneficial relationship between people and plants.
Through this understanding we can begin to recognize the power these plants have and use them to help bring the body, mind and spirit into balance. Cultivating a broader and deeper practice allows Carolina to share her knowledge of plants and their power, creating wearables and tools for her home practice. Colors, imagery, and surface treatment reference the plants that she uses. They invite the viewer to consider herbalism as a complimentary form of healing, making it more accessible to those who are new to the concept. As such, it presents an invitation to seek a more mindful state.
This line of work uses elements from de Materia Medica, a larger body of work that examines the nature of herbal remedies and implements in Western culture. Scalloped edges reference the edges found on various types of leaves, while light, pastel colors allude to the first sign of greenery or budding plants.
Each piece is hand pierced from copper and enameled using a torch-firing technique that involves applying the flame directly to the surface of the enamel. This produces unique, unpredictable effects that echo the organic growing patterns found in nature and plants.