Wednesday, November 11, 2020


 

 

Wearable Art Jewelry by Pauletta Brooks  
as seen in Artsy Shark Journal-November 2020







Turquoise and Amethyst Choker Necklace


Born of a mineral-collecting father and an artist/painter mother, its no surprise that I developed into jewelry artist.

I work with semiprecious stoneand raw minerals, applying color, form and texture to my work.


A
fter graduating Hampshire College and The Fashion Institute of Technology, I worked in the  fashion industras aillustrator, stylist, and art director. When an opportunity arose where I waasked to accessorize a fashion show of plain black swimsuits, I took it upon myself to create an assortment of colorful jewelry to use on the runway, thus venturing into a new career of jewelry design!




Never 
shy to use non-traditional materials, I began to experiment with an array of products, mixing anomalouelementand blending them to form interesting textures.


Green Fluorite Mesh TRIANGLE Pendant resin mesh, green Fluorite, vintage chain,Vermeil toggle, gold leaf paint, 34” long necklace

I worked with various jewelry techniquebut still hadnt found anything I wacomfortable with. So, it washeerserendipity that led me to the doctoroffice one day with a broken finger where I discovered a neand novel materialresin mesh.





“Pastel Mineral PODs choker” resin mesh, pink, yellow and blue Calcite,

suede ties, gold leaf paint, approx. 8l x 2h” (not including ties)







Long Mineral Necklace (shown with cuff and earrings) resin mesh, CarnelianMalachite,Aquamarine, Jasper, Amazonite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Fluoritegold fill chain and toggle,gold leaf paints, 34 long necklace

 

With it, I could sculpt and mold my collection of minerals into jewelry pieces. Thimaterial, available ivariouweights, strengthand resiliencies, ione of several thermoplastic materialused in the medicaindustry for castansplints, and also used in the theater industry for propand masks.


It has a thermal property that allows it to become soft and malleable when heated, then solid and flexible onccooled. It allowme to form a foundation and structure for the stoneand allowme to re-purpose man-madmaterial in an environmentally sound way.


 

I try to create pieces that are eye-catching and unique, as if they come from a mysterious world of beauty anfantasy; almost aif they had been dredged up from a mermaidlair in the sea.


Mesh MERMAID Bracelet resin mesh, pink and 

blue Mystic QuartzVermeil togglegold leaf paint, 7 long



Green Octahedron Fluorite Necklace resin mesh, green Octahedron FluoriteVermeil chainand toggle, gold leaf paint, 20 long necklace


My work has been featured in fashion editorialin Vogue, HarperBazaar, The New York Timeawell as a variety ocraft and jewelry journalsuch aOrnament Magazine, Hand/Eye and the Contemporary JewelrHandbook.

I have also had my work shown in a number of galleries in the United States and around the world including The FolArMuseuoNeYorCitythgallerieaThFashioInstitutoTechnologyAndreEdliGalleriNeYorCityElenMarnerGaleriiAthensGreeceArtistaiMilanItalanICKContemporarJewelriBruxellesBelgium.

 

 



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