Friday, 31 March 2006

Twig ring

Seeing that headpiece on my previous post reminded me that I had one of my twig rings in an accessible place. I first started making these in 1992 when I was studying in Nova Scotia.

We had a project to make a piece of jewellery for someone blind. I always preferred to use unusual materials so I opted for some twigs I had
collected (it was autumn) and a bit of twine.



The 1st three twigs were woven together and the fourth was wrapped and bent to form ring-piece which sits over two fingers (like I say, I like to do things differently). The idea was that it could be worn as a decorative ring with the twigs on the outside but could also be turned and worn inside the palm so that the wearer would have the tactile experience of being able to feel the different texture of the wood and weave.



I was aiming to appeal to the sense of smell as well as touch. You can enjoy the sweet wooden smell of the twigs or add a drop of essential oil to the woven section and the warmth of your hand makes the fragrance waft out. It's a really nice piece to wear, there is something really comforting about having your hand closed around it.

10 comments:

damaskriver said...

simply gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

did you study at NSCAD? beautiful ring!

Ulla said...

This is wonderful Cally! I love how you have incorporated different senses into it. You could add a tiny pinecone or other natural elements into it too. Delightful, like a 'woodland-fairy' treasure.

cally said...

Thanks for the positive feedback, that ring has never had a very public viewing before.

Yes, I did study at NSCAD, Sept-Christmas '92 on an exchange. I LOVED it, the college, the people, the place. I only came home cause I had no money and no work Visa (and a flatmate with some REALLY bad habits).

eireann said...

I really like this idea--and the execution. Simple and lovely.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Natures's gift and your twist, goes well together!

Annika Sandin said...

Oh yes Cally, you were so right about your ring in combination with Anna Peach's dress. Wonderful!

Colleen said...

Beautiful and quite charming.

Feltbug said...

I LOVE this !

Anonymous said...

This is a really beautiful ring. I loved reading about your inspiration too.

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