Anna Clynes is one of my favourite jewellers.
Her work is sold at Pieces of Eight. Her artist statement on the gallery's website states:
The things I make stem from years of collecting, writing and drawing. From camping and walking in enormous and quiet places, from reading and researching, from living in the country and tending to animals, birds and people…
these pieces are from my own jewellery collection
my favourite pair of earrings
Toucan brooch, I commissioned Anna to make for me
my new favourite pair of earrings
aside from our jewellery connections ( we met at RMIT many years ago) Anna and I share a love of similar things and she has taught me a lot about nature and animals. I have met very many nice goats, wallabies, kangaroos, wombats and birds through Anna. I also have had some of them stay at my house.
and we have been to the sea many times always taking Milly the dog with us.
So I wear Anna's jewellery almost every day, so even when I don't see her she is always with me.
I made this ring many years ago.
This ring formed part of the range that I first showed at e.g.etal, and I continued to make this style and variations of it, for many years. Each one made was unique.
This ring recently came back to me to be re sized. It was nice to be reminded of it.
...XXI. If, then, we want to be initiates of life, we must keep two things in mind:
First, the great melody, in which things and scents, feelings and pasts, twilights and desires, all play their parts;-
and second: the individual voices which augment and complete this full chorus.
And to lay the foundation for a work of art - that is, an image of deeper life, of our more than daily, always possible experience - we have to put both voices, the voice of this hour and the voice of a group of people within that hour, into a proper relationship and balance them.
when I brought these beads I was told that they were very old and were possibly made from marble. They were originally from Africa.
so very simple, just about the material and the process that was used to form them