Nanz Aalund Art Jewelry
Seattle, Washington. USA
Having been prescribed multiple medications in pill form over the last year, many costing hundreds of dollars each month, the artist grew to see these costly medications as precious items deserving of finer, more portable, more intimate containers than the bulky, generic, orange/red plastic bottles they were dispensed in from the pharmacy.
Basing her work in the fine craft tradition founded during the "Arts and Crafts" movement (1860 - 1910) the artist set herself the task of making fine pill boxes many of which would be hinged and clasped for portability, making them a hand-crafted utilitarian object.
Box exteriors give subtle indications of the promise/or lack thereof held by the medication within. Curved edges and textured surfaces give an aesthetically soothing experience, both visual and tactile. While the crisp “snap” of the closures gives audible reassurance. Distressed, oxidized, and softened finishes plainly showing hand-manufacturing tracks are intentionally part of the finished works.
"What a Pill" is the series of pill boxes in Etched and Roll-printed Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver, and Gold resulting from the artist’s perception.
Materials: Roll-print silver, 22-k & 18-k details
Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.5 - inch
Boudoir Medicine Repository: Roll-print silver, 22-k & 18-k details. $1500.?
Photo credit: Doug Yaple