Hydrozoa Earrings, Large Blue/Purple by Danae Natsis
Anodised niobium earrings hand-fabricated and anodised in Sydney.
Danae Natsis' Shipwreck collection explores accidental creations and how they may end up resembling marine creatures, maps and landscape formations. These themes have evolved to align with an expanding interest in archaeology, mythology, jewels as historical artefacts and effects of the passing of time on objects and memories. She creates pieces by applying colour to metal, either through anodising, patination and applying pigment. Frequently working with niobium (Nb), a reactive metal (like titanium or tantalum) that can be anodised using electricity to produce a variety of iridescent colours. Like titanium, it is inert and hypoallergenic.
Danae is an Australian/Greek/British jewellery artist living and working in Sydney. She has completed studies at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, and jewellery qualifications at the Design Centre Enmore, TAFE NSW. She has won several awards, both in Australia and overseas, including an Honourable Mention in the 2011 Korean 7th International Cheongju Craft Biennale. She has staged solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions, both in Australia and Europe, and has been published in books and journals in Australia and internationally. For more about Danae and her work see http://danaenatsis.com
The element of chance involved when shaping the pieces means that the individual character, folds and markings of each piece are unique. These earrings are made from thin sheet metal, making them light and easy to wear.
Care: Keep anodised pieces in their box. Wash gently in hot water and detergent, wiping the surface gently with a soft cloth or cotton wool. Alternatively wipe surface with alcohol. Do not apply any liquid polishes or abrasive products or use silver polishing cloths.
Materials: anodised niobium
Dimensions: approx. 60 mm x 37 mm
Photographer: Danae Natsis