Gabriel Craig

Metalsmith, Writer, Craft Activist

© 2012 gabriel craig



Pattern Anthology


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.




Pattern Anthology Brooch – Pierce

recycled steel, silver, coin
1 5/8 x 2 in
2012
$500



Pattern Anthology Brooch – Lincoln

recycled steel, silver, coin
2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in
2012
$500



Pattern Anthology Brooch – Garfield

recycled steel, silver, coin
1 5/8 x 1 7/8 in
2012
$500



Pattern Anthology Brooch – Washington

recycled steel, silver, coin
2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in
2012
$500



Pattern Anthology Brooch – Jackson

recycled steel, silver, coin
1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
2012
$500



Pattern Anthology Brooch – Hayes

recycled steel, silver, coin
1 x 2 1/4 in
2012
$500



Pattern Anthology Brooch – Buchanan

recycled steel, silver, coin
2 x 2 in
2011
$500



Pattern Anthology Brooch – Taylor

recycled steel, silver, coin
1 1/8 x 2 3/4 in
2011
$500




Pattern Anthology Brooch – Madison

recycled steel, silver, coin
2 x 1 1/2 in
2011
$500




Pattern Anthology Brooch – Grant

recycled steel, silver, coin
1 1/4 x 2 5/8 in
2011
$500




Pattern Anthology Brooch – Jefferson

recycled steel, silver, coin
2 x 2 in
2011
$500




Pattern Anthology Brooch – Johnson

recycled steel, silver, coin
1 x 2 in
2011
$500




Pattern Anthology Necklace no.1

recycled steel, silver, silk
1 1/8 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Necklace no.2

recycled steel, silver, silk
1 1/2 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Necklace no.3

recycled steel, silver, silk
1 7/8 x 1 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Necklace no.4

recycled steel, silver, silk
1 7/8 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Necklace no.5

recycled steel, silver, silk
2 1/8 x 1 7/8 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Necklace no.6

recycled steel, silver, silk
1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Necklace no.7

recycled steel, silver, silk
1 3/4 x 7/8 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.1

recycled steel, silver
3/4 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.2

recycled steel, silver
3/4 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.4

recycled steel, silver
3/4 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.5

recycled steel, silver
3/4 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.6

recycled steel, silver
3/4 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.7

recycled steel, silver
3/4 x 3/4 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.8

recycled steel, silver
5/8 x 1 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.9

recycled steel, silver
1 x 5/8 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.10

recycled steel, silver
1 x 5/8 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.11

recycled steel, silver
1 x 5/8 in
2011
$150




Pattern Anthology Earrings no.13

recycled steel, silver
1 x 5/8 in
2011
$150



The salvaged filing cabinet that became the Pattern Anthology series