Melanie Bilenker jewelry 'telephone' brooch 'a bath' brooch 'bathroom mirror' brooch 'tea kettle&#...

the simplicity of the moment

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Melanie Bilenker
jewelry

Telephone
'telephone'
brooch
A Bath
'a bath'
brooch
Bathroom Mirror
'bathroom mirror'
brooch
tea kettle
'tea kettle'
brooch
Hairpin
'hairpin'
brooch
Button
'button'
brooch
Undress
'undress'
brooch
Barefoot
'bouquet'
brooch
Brushing Teeth
'brushing teeth'
brooch
Dresser Drawer
'dresser drawer'
brooch
Milk
'milk'
brooch
Rousing
'rousing'
brooch
Dressing
'dressing'
brooch
Turning Out the Light
'turning out the light'
brooch
Brassiere
'brassiere'
locket
Hand
'hand'
ring

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Philadelphia jeweler-artist Melanie Bilenker's  charming brooches, lockets and rings are refinedly crafted with her own hair. After snapping a photo of herself engaged in one of the mundane private activities of daily life, Bilenker traces a spare line image of the scene, which she re-creates with her hair.
Materials that she works with are among the others - gold, sterling silver, ivory piano key laminate, epoxy resin, hair.

I like how sensually the simplicity of the moment is captured in her work.

Artist's statement:
The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments.
http://melaniebilenker.com/




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