It’s been yet another tough week, here on planet Earth. Frankly, I have been grateful to be living indoors with adequate water and, occasionally, heat. Last week our not-very-old-furnace tripped the carbon monoxide detector when I wasn’t in the house, but my son and husband were. Still, there was electricity to power that alarm to alert them to the danger, and we weren’t facing fuel or water shortages or living in constant fear of our lives, so our eye-watering HVAC investment was definitely a high-quality problem.
In light of all that has happened in the world, the very best things I can offer up this week are eye candy in the form of my filigree’s feminine laciness and silversmith Rauni Higson’s wildly forged silver, in all their physics-defying glory. It’s our art that stands the test of time more than our conflicts.
How We Link the Filigree Lineage
Beginning Russian Filigree Online starts next week. Go from a bunch of wire to a thing of beauty.
If You’re in Wales…
Illuminating Silver: Alchemy in the 21st century is an insightful glimpse into the process and practice of one of the UK’s leading sculptural silversmiths. The exhibition takes visitors through the journey of a silversmith, told using key commissions to illustrate the design process. While the public perception of silver is often rooted in antiques and history, this show celebrates the relevance and value of a niche endangered skill, its artistry and contribution to the current cultural landscape.
And if you’re anywhere…
You can experience the wonder of Rauni’s work through this talk and gallery tour.
…And through this astounding animation by Stephen Heaton
that reveals all Rauni’s hidden engineering behind this processional cross, commissioned by the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.