The Ice Age Ring by Alicia Hannah Naomi
Months ago I did a post about the How To Destroy Angels song of the same name. It really moved me; I found myself often humming the tune in the studio while I was working. After some time I found myself creating this piece, and as it formed I understood conceptually exactly what had inspired it – I had not necessarily intended to make a piece as a tribute – and so this icy resin cocktail ring came to be.
Made from the same hand-cast crystal that is used in The Ablation Earrings, the stone has been treated to give off a pale, unearthly glow like glacial ice – a perfect balance against the dark, heavily textured ring band.
The Ice Age Ring is an online exclusive to www.aliciahannahnaomi.com.
A dear old acquaintance recently got in touch with me about commissioning a ring; it was her long-term boyfriend’s upcoming birthday and she wanted to get him a special piece of jewellery without giving the suggestion of marriage or proposal. She liked both the Elcho Falling Ring design and the Anthracite Ring, but felt the peak on Elcho Falling was too high and jagged, but the Anthracite ring didn’t have enough dimension.
So we worked together to create this design, keeping the texture of the Anthracite Ring, but giving it a rough, rocky peak sitting slightly off-centre from the top so it didn’t look too uniform. She opted to keep the inside black and industrial-looking; so I finished it to the point just before final polish, then blackened the piece which gave the inside a rough and masculine matte finish.
I love working on commissions because it breaks up my routine; but also because creating unique pieces for people to mark special occasions is very rewarding.
It was delightful to hear that Hugh loved his gift and it fit him perfectly.
To enquire about a commission of your own, head over to aliciahannahnaomi.com.
PHOTOGRAPHY OLIVIA LORRAINE TRAN HAIR & MAKEUP HOLLY-ROSE BUTLER MODEL YUNJI @ LONDON STYLING & ART DIRECTION ALICIA HANNAH NAOMI
It is my great pleasure to formally share with you the result of the last two years of my studies – my 2014 graduate jewellery collection.
Crafted by hand and combining precious materials with those of scientific origins, the collection is my response to the haunting beauty of dark and mountainous landscapes. Girt by blackened waters and crowned in snow, these rugged terrains are imbued with poetic desolation and natural austerity.
Taking cues from the majesty of geological, glacial and volcanic mountain structures, the works are small-scale studies of shape, texture and pigment. The collection is manufactured in Melbourne from sterling silver, leather and hand-cast resin. Due to the hand-dying process, each resin crystal mountain displays unique pigment characteristics.
There are ten pieces in the collection ranging from rings, bangles, pendants and a pair of earrings. The full collection is available to order online now at www.aliciahannahnaomi.com and if you’re in Melbourne will also be available to view and order from our graduate exhibition ALLEGORY, at No Vacancy Gallery in the QV until November 17th.
ABLATION CUFFLINKS by ALICIA HANNAH NAOMI
As mentioned in my previous post CHASING ICE, I recently found myself inspired by glaciers for a project brief I’d been given to create a pair of cufflinks to enter in the upcoming Melbourne Cufflinks Group Exhibition.
You may not think it by the way I dress but I am overwhelmed by the astonishing beauty of naturally occurring colour in nature. In fact it is probably for this very reason that I hardly wear colour anymore. Needless to say I was quite transfixed by the colour of the glaciers the research images I’d found for this project and was encouraged by my tutor to consider using colour as well as shape in my work.
It was a long developmental process, both first deciding how I would represent the glacier and then how to introduce colour. I made a silicone mould from the glacier shape I’d carved and spent weeks casting it over and over in resin trying to get the colours as authentic as possible; milky aqua with grey-streaked walls. From there I painstakingly carved and modelled two cufflink settings – similar but not identical – with a vicious rocky base for the glacier and a miniature mountain that would secure it to the cuff.
Because I had to cast the glaciers one at a time (I used slow-curing resin that took 10 hours to set) the colouring of each isn’t quite the same as the other. One has whiter peaks, the other has heavier grey streaks. If I’d have had more time I would have kept casting them until they matched, but as it is I suppose it’s an appropriately symbolic nod to the poetry of imperfection found in both naturally occurring and hand-made things.
The Melbourne Cufflinks Group Exhibition will take place between August 1st and August 17th at Lord Coconut.
DARK GLASS MOUNTAIN RING TRIPTYCH BY ALICIA HANNAH NAOMI
The Whitehorse Jewellery Silent Auction is less than one week away. I am excited to finally post about the pieces I’ve hand-crafted as my donation to the auction.
By now you’ll know that I’m fascinated by the juxtaposition between dark and light, hard and soft, the organic and the austere. For this project I wanted to combine natural, non repetitive erosion with traditional ring forms. I used the flawless, high polished finish of the edges, table and inside bands to contrast the dark and irregular texture of the outer surfaces. These rings were hand-carved and then cast in solid sterling silver and are very heavy.
The mountainous ELCHO FALLING has proved to be a favourite on social media getting a lot of love on instagram and tumblr. I have had a mold made of it so I can re-cast it because it would be impossible to recraft it and get it exactly the same.
The signet ring SERPENT’S NEST is probably my favourite simply because it’s the most wearable for every day. I have also had a mold made of it so I can cast another one for myself.
The stone in PRIESTESS OF THE COIL is grey glass. It was by far the most challenging design in the set of three and due to the nature of the hand-fabricated setting could not be re-cast. I have a maternal-like attachment to it and will be very sad to see it go.
If you’re in Melbourne next Wednesday, June the 5th I urge you to come down to New Guernica from 6pm to view and bid on an impressive range of hand-crafted, locally produced jewellery – including these three rings that are sure to sell for a fraction of their retail value. If you are a reader and are attending the event please find me and say hello, I would love to meet you all.