Fan Necklace #1 - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Sterling silver, bronze, patina
Dimensions: 17" x 4"

Photo credit: Martha Ferguson

Martha Ferguson
Martha Ferguson Studio
Houston, TX. USA

My work is inspired by classical and feminine designs from the Art Nouveau period as well as Modernist traditions. I strive to create works of exceptional craftsmanship with a high level of attention to detail, amd to create jewelry that is functionally wearable and aesthetically pleasing to a vast audience.

I have an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, have been creating jewelry for 20 years, and am represented by two galleries in Houston, TX. I have been a teacher in the field for over 5 years.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.