Friday, October 7, 2011

Experimental Jewelry: SHRUNKEN CAT HEADS

I love experimental and unconventional jewelry! In this series I'm featuring jewelry artists who work with unconventional materials and techniques, and who see a ring or a pendant as a canvas to express their art and creativity.

As a lover of  bright, Mediterranean colors and decor, and of traditional ceramic tile designs from around the world - be it Greece, Spain, Portugal, Mexico or the stunning mosques in Uzbekistan - I couldn't be but fascinated by Cori's wonderful designs! Cori, a talented California based jewelry artist and writer, as well as a lovely person, works under her own brand Shrunken Cat Heads, and she creates the most stunning miniature tiles using her own "secret recipe". Her miniature tiles look stunningly like ceramic tiles, but they are very lightweight as she uses plastic tiles that she lovingly decorates with her own designs and then layers in resin. I love her jewelry featuring miniature tile designs from around the world: it's like wearing a piece of culture on your neck, ears or finger!
As a San Francisco Bay Area native, Cori grew up around many different cultures. She says this good fortune has inspired her work as an artist. Her creations are born from thoughts about history, social class, and pop culture; blending the old and the new, exploring traditional crafts and techniques while giving them sassy modern twists.
Cori tells me that the her whimsical shop name "evolved from the name 'Cat Head Jewelry'... which was the name of my business about 15 years ago. Back then my work was primarily beads and wire. When I began working in shrink plastics I added the 'Shrunken' to the name because it's so whimsical... just like miniature tile recreations".
You can find Cori's amazing miniature tile art jewelry in her Etsy shop Shrunken Cat Heads, and you can find more information about her work as both an artist and writer on her website.

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