One More from NINE

Ford/Forlano, Low Tide, 2003
wall sculpture with removable pin

This wall sculpture called Low Tide is another favorite of mine from the Ford/Forlano NINE series.  It measures 18” x 17” x 5”.  In addition to polymer, the piece incorporates copper, flocking, sterling silver and magnets.

Ford/Forlano, Pin, 2003
4″ x 3 3/8″ x 3/4″
polymer, sterling silver, steel

For some earlier Metalsmith magazine publicity, Steven and David provided a quote which could apply directly to the NINE series as well:

“Our jewelry reflects abstraction of nature’s forms, patterns and colors.  With an evolving palette of textures and unique surface treatments, we transform our works to suggest both artifacts and modern design.”

The flattened organic pads of subtly patterned polymer have become a recurring feature in David and Steven’s work.   Urchin, a similar brooch from this period, hides freshwater pearls between its petals.

Ford/Forlano, Urchin Pin, 2002
polymer, sterling silver, pearls

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