My dear friend Jane introduced me to Alexander Calder more than 20 years ago. His work has has been a great inspiration to me. He developed a method of sculpting by bending and twisting wire and invented the mobile. His jewelry collection, which he never wanted to be mass produced, was a lifetime of work that he created mostly for family and friends.
The spiral is one of the oldest forms of ornament. Very eternal. This is a brass necklace by Calder, circa 1938.
Check out his wife's dressing table. Lucky woman. Calder created jewelry simply working on an anvil and a bench, no welds or solders. He produced about 1,500 bracelets, necklaces, brooches, earrings, and tiaras throughout his career.
He liked making his pieces one-of-a-kind, by hand, and with affection. And so do I. An original copper necklace, made only with my hands, a pair of pliers, a hammer and some Calder inspiration. I think best in wire too. ~Lori