© 2012 gabriel craig
Pattern Anthology is a line of production jewelry that combines my interests in ethical material sourcing and historical decorative patterning. The patterns are interpretations of architectural and decorative arts ornament from various historical periods, but especially take their influence from Romanesque and Gothic stone and woodwork. This strategy of remixing (re-appropriating and interpreting) historical motifs was prevalent in the work of many 19th century designers including my heroes AWN Pugin and H.H. Richardson.
The series is made exclusively from recycled material, including: a filing cabinet salvaged from a Detroit building, recycled silver from Hoover and Strong, discarded silk cord and coins. While I worked serially, each piece in the series is unique and is engraved using a steel scribe. Despite using steel the work is surprisingly lightweight, very wearable and predictably durable.