This is a project that I worked in collaboration with silversmith and jewelry designer, Matagi Sorensen. I drew up the designs for the key and helped polish and hammer the final product. Each one of these is actually a small bronze sculpture! They turned out beautifully, and I learned A LOT about metals.
Matagi Sorensen recently finished a wedding ring commission which I photographed. It was so difficult to choose which photos were my favorite for his website.
Normally I am not into diamonds, but as I was looking at the photos I found myself completely mesmerized by this gem. This diamond has an ethereal quality that is almost hypnotic. It doesn't seem like it could be solid!
The stone was originally from the bride's grandmother's engagement ring. A closer look under the microscope revealed a color and clarity from diamonds mined from the 1890s to the 1920s that were regularly used in jewelry from Germany.
The ring has two sapphires and a diamond and was originally in a classic setting. Matagi's magic turned it into something completely modern and completely original.
Check it out - Something Old, Something New . . .
Photos of some of Matagi's jewelry that I took on my cell phone today. Matagi went up to Flagstaff to meet some friends and clients. These might be gone by the end of the weekend. These new pieces are intense. Matagi has no earth in his astrological chart. It makes sense that he works with ...
I imagine the little fish in my soup squirming in my mouth, the crunch of their bones. I run back to the house. I look in my soup. One of the fish is gone. I fish the remaining one out - and drop it in a bowl of water. It's little mouth is gasping. I saved it! - I think. No, I killed it - I think - it is alive but now partially cooked.
Tonight our new neighbor upstairs had a gathering at her place and then a group of us went over to the Phoenix Arts Center and looked at ceramics and glass and paintings. We met the director and a few teachers. I think I want to take a pinting class just to be in that atmosphere. And do some life drawing. I need to just draw.
I used to just take photos of his work on stones. Now I use frosted glass—it creates an ethereal glow and a gently reflects the pieces.
I am really happy with the way the photos came out. It rained for about 45 seconds as I was preparing the glass for the shot. It stayed cloudy, so I didn't need to diffuse the light—just went out back, found a pebbly patch of grass, laid the glass down on the grass, and voila!
Matagi Sorensen is incredibly hard-working and incredibly talented! This last for us in Tucson has been a struggle—but push on we have.
The ad in South Scottsdale magazine such a nice surprise—I'm so happy to see his work being recognized and displayed so beautifully. Also, I am really proud of him.
Is it me, or is Matagi's work looking more and more female as time goes on? I love watching the work evolve. This is just a sampling of the work he produced last month. The hollow forms must be bringing it out in him!
Wish I had photos of the weekend, but I forgot my camera. However, I did get some pictures from my cell phone of artist Quetzally Hernandez Coronado gorgeously enjoying one of Matagi's signature fine art necklaces. (In fact, these are the only photos of this major piece! Yikes!)
I knew the minute I saw Quetzally that this necklace would look perfect on her. It's just right for someone who is bold and confident and beautiful.