Welcome to my artistic jewelry inspiration series. Weekly on Muse Mondays, check in to see what is catching my eye. The goal is to nourish my own artist muse by following wherever she leads with amazement and study, but I’ll gladly share with you. Today’s artist is jeweler Rebecca Myers.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~Thomas A. Edison
“Where do you get your inspiration?” is a common question for any artist. Nature is such a frequent answer as to feel totally unoriginal. But of course, every interpretation of nature is different, and some stand above the rest in artistic quality. Such is the beautifully nature inspired jewelry of Baltimore-based jeweler, Rebecca Myers, who presents an elegant and chic perspective of classic motifs.
Her collections bear names like Bee & Flower, Animal Print, and Bark & Branch. Within each collection she utilizes repeated references to the inspiration of choice, combined in ever varying ways.
Bees are a favorite, either solo or paired with flowers.
Zebra and cheetah prints abound, often with diamonds nestled within.
Hand-crafted in her Baltimore showroom studio, each one-of-a-kind piece is fashioned in gold with oxidized silver or palladium and natural gemstones. The gold and black combination is bold and striking, and one of my favorites.
Many of the elements used in the jewelry are carved and cast elements such as anise pods, bees, and small hydrangea flowers, used repeatedly to give cohesion to the collections.
Carved branches are used structurally, as connectors and rings and bracelet frameworks.
Striking gold keum boo appears regularly, as do pave and flush set diamonds.
Increasingly, more colorful semiprecious stones are included, especially in rings.
The animal print pieces are made differently. Two layers of contrasting metal with spot-shaped holes in the top layer are filled with a dusting of diamonds, often raw.
Rebecca Myers attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she began working in jewelry due to a craft requirement. As a studio jeweler, she promotes her work as boutique fine jewelry, and it carries the originality and uniqueness of an artist’s output.
Producing jewelry for more than twenty years now, she has recently opened a new gallery in Baltimore. Having grown to include a small team of jewelers for casting and fabricating, the artist herself touches each piece along its journey from concept to finished treasure.
As a maker, I strive to analyze why I’m drawn to certain art and how it might help me move my own work forward. So, I’ve searched through the collections of Rebecca Myers’ images, seeking enlightenment. What is the take home from this jewelry inspiration? Why am I so drawn to this work?
The way that Rebecca Myers designs, with smaller components collaged into larger vignettes, is comfortable to me, as I use it in my own style of work. Her design elements, inspired by nature, also have a lot in common with mine. She uses much finer materials than I do, with lots of gold and diamonds. This is a direction that I know I need to attempt.
One difference that is only apparent to me on a second review is that she has a much more delicate feeling in some of her work, coming I think from the open spaces between the cast forms. I typically lay down a base structure and then build my vignettes upon it, but perhaps I should explore working without the base.
Her cast elements are something I’m drawn to because of my interest in sculptural forms. I’ve just been retaking a wax-carving class, and I have new (to me, at least) casting equipment for my studio so that I can explore this concept further. So far, I find carving wax to be more time consuming and less direct than working in metal clay for these components. However, the ability to make molds and multiples of these tiny components – birds, bees, flowers and leaves, whether originally made in wax or clay – could eventually speed up my process.
Again, I’m feeling very called to rings for the first time ever, so that’s another area of experimentation coming up soon.
My Pinterest Board for Rebecca Myers
Rebecca Myers website
Rebecca Myers on Instagram
Rebecca Myers jewelry video