ring with fiberoptic glass detail
Turning tradition upside-down is an integral part of The Morpheus Company design philosophy. The typical jeweler's palette is incredibly limited, so the opportunity to experiment with unusual materials and ideas is a welcome challenge. This ring incorporates cut fiber-optic glass, yielding a brilliant 'stone' available in a variety of vibrant colors.
This image was originally used for promoting the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and Jewelry Show:
After doing enough traditional art openings, I think we were at the breaking point. Our work has always been a bit out of place, it's been called everything from timeless to other-worldly; so the idea of hosting an evening set in another time and place had a definite appeal. When Newbury St. Gallery sat down with us and started talking about having a Valentine's Day event featuring our work, we couldn't be happier to find out that their feelings towards the usual "cupid and hearts" theme was identical to ours...nausea. Instead, we converted their gallery into a roaring 20's speakeasy, complete with food, music, zoot-suit wearing doormen and cocktail-serving flappers.
I'm sure that a great deal of the success of this event was tied to the fact that it forced the people attending to become involved in what was going on around them. Whether they actually came in costume and took part in the theme, or they simply interacted with the veritable rogue's gallery that populated the space, people were forced out of the usual patron/artist dynamic and given a rare opportunity to get involved in the passions that lead them to come to the event in the first place. As artists with the job of creating personal icons for people, any time we can break down the wall that exists between us and those interested in our work I think it can only further what we are doing...and anything that keeps us all from simply standing around sipping wine, eating cheese and being obtuse has to have some merit.
Russ Sharek, 1996.
Available, prices vary.
Cast sterling silver, 14 carat yellow gold and green fiber-optic glass.
Brad Eakin, 1996.