Fruit Stripe [Collection: UFOs]

By Intruse Studio of Contemporary Fine Craft, Tamra Thomas-Gentry

$650.00

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I was fortunate enough to acquire a large supply of rare vintage silk thread manufactured by a company founded in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. The thread stock I purchased is believed to have been made in the 1940s-1950s. Most of the spools were nice, lustrous neutrals, but then I stumbled upon a few boxes of silk so vibrantly colored that it immediately brought to mind some of the most beautiful gemstones--from amethyst, to padparadscha sapphire, Mexican fire opal, and peridot. This is a choker-style necklace which sits at the base of the neck beautifully. It is tied in the rear, which allows several inches of the ties to drape down the back. The braids and the clasp are both made by hand.

Fiber/Wearable, Metal/precious (sterling silver, vintage silk thread)

18 x 7 x .75 inches

About the artist

Tamra Thomas-Gentry is a self-taught metalsmith, textile artisan, and independent scholar in craft and craft history from the perspective of African-American craftsmen. She earned her bachelor's degree in physics from Florida A&M University, and her master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University. Tamra’s hybrid metal and textile jewelry is made using hand-constructed cords that she creates by braiding very fine silk threads into micro-textiles of varying structure and design. The techniques she employs for these tiny textiles originate in ancient Chinese, Japanese and Peruvian cultures. Tamra often uses her braids in place of gemstone embellishment because they add a unique textural and color component to her work. An accomplished metalsmith, she makes all of the focal items, closures, and hand-woven chains as well. Tamra is a native of St. Louis, and she now lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and her Standard Schnauzers, Pippin and Prisca. ...Read MoreRead Less

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