Mink Stole Sculpture made of 82 mink skulls woven together with pearls and seed beads, with hammered copper clasp.
"Sandra Wilcoxon’s “Mink Stole” is a warmth-less wrap made of ... bejeweled mink skulls, a memento mori for the ... animals slaughtered for clothing and decoration."
--Washington Post, May 17, 2012
Cresated for exhibit titled "Creature Comforts" at Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia. On exhibit August 18- September 18, 2014 at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL; as part of the Chicago Sculpture International group exhibit.
Embellished Bones A series of beaded skulls ranging in size from a small songbird to a bison bull. The beads are selected to add whimsy, color and texture to these natural sculptures. The designs also accentuate some of the best features of the skulls, calling attention to fissures that look like a winding riverbed, angular planes like glacier-carved rock, and openings that mimic cavern openings. I want to honor the spirit of the animal; I want the viewer to have fun and respond with a sense of humor or intrigue.
TribLocal wrote a story about this unique artwork--read it all at this link.
To see a slide show of the skull series, click here.
Guest speaker: Chicago Pearl Society Sculptural Embellishments & The Nature of Art Featuring woven art necklaces and skull sculptures using pearls and gemstone beads, influences on my work, and what I see when I look at certain pieces. Visit this link for more information. Sunday, August 17 3-5 p.m. Refreshments Served Eve J. Alfille' Gallery 623 Grove Street Evanston, IL
May Feature Artist: Sculptural Embellishments New spring line of jewelry and Myanmar Series embellished bones Illinois Artisan Shop 2nd Floor, Thompson Center Chicago, IL
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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Elmhurst, IL Feb - May 2014 Lecture/Demonstration Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m.
Not your grandmother's pearls! Pearls For Good designs show all the colors and textures found in today's cultured freshwater pearls. Organic and earthy, our necklaces are suitable for layering with jeans or dressing up a special occasion.
We also produce designs in gemstone, wood and glass beads. All jewelry is handcrafted, no two pieces will be alike, even if based on the same color pattern or theme.
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Pearl & Stone Jewelry
Leaves Necklace - SOLD at Marion St. Gallery
Other places to see PearlsForGood designs in person:
Illinois Artisan Shop, 2nd Floor Thompson Center, LaSalle & Randolph, Chicago Jewelry and small skull earrings Rend Lake/ Southern Illinois Artisans Shop 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington, IL Jewelry
Illinois State Museum Illinois Artisans Shop 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL Jewelry and beaded skulls
NOTE: With Marion Street Gallery closing, Chicago-area clients may contact me directly at email@example.com for custom pieces, repairs or to see newest work.
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