The Jewelry Creations of Laurie Edison
If you’re familiar with the art of Laurie Edison, chances are it’s for her photography. Her groundbreaking book, Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, has achieved an almost classic status for it’s challenging of decades-long assumptions of female beauty. Since then, she has gone on to new frontiers with Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes, and more recently her photo series “Women of Japan.” Possibly less known to the general public, but certainly not to her devoted patrons, are her amazing jewelry designs.
For Laurie, it all begins with the stone. The individual characteristics of each stone provide the clues of how best to proceed. They are shaped and polished to highlight their best attributes, but no further; natural outlines and non-traditional profiles are the norm. Using traditional lost-wax methods, Laurie creates custom settings, resulting in one-of-a-kind creations of considerable charm and mystique. You don’t get quickly bored looking at these pieces, which invite lengthy, lingering appreciation.
Laurie’s customers are mostly good friends, and they occasionally bring her stones they have inherited or acquired in their travels, to commission brand-new or make-over settings. Matching the right piece to the right person is another of Laurie’s talents. If you’re not sure what works best for you, she will have plenty of suggestions.
You can see Laurie’s latest creations and follow her thoughts via her artist’s blog:http://laurieopal.livejournal.com/