Elizabeth Farber Designs
Minnetonka, Minnesota. USA
As a maker of art jewelry, I have adapted ancient techniques to hand-weave precious metals and gemstones into finely crafted pieces of wearable art. My work integrates historic techniques, craftsmanship, and motifs, with contemporary perspectives, concepts, and sensibilities.
For some pieces I fabricate bezel settings and clasps or use antique gold and enamel settings. These parts are thoughtfully integrated into the weaving to add points of focus, and balance. Each piece is unique and intensely personal-- often taking over one hundred hours to create.
My art also explores the juxtaposition between hard and soft. While pieces are at once hard—made of stone and metal—their ultimate effect is soft, giving the appearance of being liquid, like a piece of woven fabric that is draped over a wrist, or around a neck
Drawing inspiration from my international experience, the designs are evocative of exotic lands and imbued with the colors and visual flavors of the cultures I have known.
Materials: opals, 14k, 18k gold, appetite Dimensions: 16" x 2.5"
Hand-woven and hand-fabricated neckpiece made of three opals, appetite, 14k gold bezels, 18k gold beads, and
Photo credit: Ralph Gabriner