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Gabrielle Bratton

This body of work represents a melding of historical fashion with contemporary style. With an eye to the trends of classic costume, I make use of materials—such as lace—which historically embellished one’s dress as an expression of status and style. Through the lost wax casting process, I integrate traditional clothing adornments into modern pieces of jewelry, preserving the original material by means of replacing it with metal. To maintain the intricacy of the material, the fibers are dipped in wax, manipulated, and finally re-contextualized into metal to solidify the detail. The transfer of materials changes completely the treatment, feel, weight and presence of the fabric. The delicately patterned layers have been rendered mute, revoking its fragility, yet maintaining the soft romantic pretense of its original form. The vulnerability of the lace is lost, but the intricacy of the design is captured and formalized into an elegant façade to be draped over the wearer’s body.

gabriellejewelry.com
gpbratton@gmail.com

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