8 x 2.5 cm
Merino wool, stone, stainless steel
I was always amazed by the beauty and astonishing anatomy of sea life and my 3 pieces are inspired by these sea creatures.
Zosterae is a seahorse that is threatened by habitat loss. it is the male that carries the offspring and they form monogamous pairs, a rare model of pair bonding in fish. The bottom part of the earring with the stone nested in a woolen shell symbolizes the brood pouch of the male animal.
Although the earrings are containing stones they are only 26 grams, they are light weight and easy to wear.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Laleh has been living in Vancouver from 2012.
From a very young age Laleh attended drawing and painting classes and later on pursued her passion working in various creative disciplines such as painting, sculpting, sewing, silversmithing and mosaics. She then went on to study silversmithing and sculpture in School of Decorative Arts in Tehran.
She fell in love with felting, seeing a nuno-felt scarf in a fashion show in Vancouver. By watching videos, reading books and experimenting, Laleh started developing her skills in felting. In March of 2012 her first series of silver jewelry was exhibited in Vashma trunk show in Vancouver and in the summer of 2013 her first series of felt scarves was exhibited along with her silver jewelry at the Canada day event. From 2013 to date, her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and craft events. In 2016 her piece "Birds 02" won the first place in wearable art at "Migration" Exhibition at Canadian Felt Organization.
Laleh's current designs combine contemporary geometric and organic shapes in felt with sterling silver to create new dimensions in fibre jewelry.