Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Michele Oka Doner

I love artists whose works have been inspired by nature and Michele Oka Doner is one. Wearing one of her designs and cuff bracelets. She simply takes bits of nature and rearranges them. The result is a cross between Mother Nature and a metalsmith.

Some of my favorite pieces of her work include in the photographs above "burning bush" in which the skeleton of a shrub becomes a candelabra, a piece she did for Steuben, the Ocean Reef Bowl. utilizing branches of coral cast in bronze with a magnificant copper wheel engraved bowl, and the clutch bag in colaboration with Nancy Gonzalez.

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