Do You Love Color on Metal?

You are in for a treat if you stop by Taboo Gallery. The works of Brooke Marks-Swanson and Helen Shirk are being featured, two talented designers who use color on metal.

Brooke Marks-Swanson

Brooke Marks-Swanson

I “met” Brooke online when I arranged to include her work in my book on designing contemporary art jewelry. Of course, I didn’t want to pass an opportunity to meet and see her work in person at the gallery opening last week. Brooke brought 21 new designs with her, and what a stunning display.

One of the reasons I am drawn to Brooke’s work is her deft use of paint to color her metal. She incorporates rough stones (i.e., druzy) and colored metal with hues of Midwestern landscapes. Brooke’s work is lovely online, but in person, it knocked my rain boots off.

I experimented with paint on copper several years ago and I was underwhelmed with my results. It is a lot trickier than it appears. I have also seen Sharon Todd paint on metal effectively. Sharon, I wish you lived closer to Taboo so you could easily take a peek at Brooke’s work.

Helen’s jewelry was inspiring both in technique and design. Her work clearly shows the result of a long and dedicated career in jewelry making. You may have seen her work online or in books, but, standing next to it is quite a different experience.

First of all, the sheer scale of her work is remarkable. Wearable, yet it could be beautifully displayed on a wall. If you love building volume into your work, I think you would be inspired by her work. Helen’s subtlety colored, botanically themed neckpieces took me right back to long walks in the Redwood Forest.

I do hope you get a chance to drop by…

Note: The show runs through April 11th.

Taboo Gallery

Helen Shirk on Crafhaus

Brooke Marks-Swanson


All images and text are ©Copyright 2010-2014 Connie Fox except where indicated. All rights reserved.

Previous Post
Comments are closed.