FLORA BOOK

Born in1926 Book trained as a painter and her approach to composition is still informed by this training. She began making jewelry in the 1970's and it became her primary activity after a move to Seattle in 1980. In Seattle she studied with Ramona Solberg, Mary Lee Hu and John Marshall. She refined her technique until she could work with minimal equipment and space, essential as Book spends much of the time travelling.

 

STATEMENT FROM THE ARTIST

“I make my jewelry flexible. The term flexibility refers both to the physical properties of the material as well as to the concept and design. This allows the wearer to interact with the piece. In that way they can make each article their own. I try to make a hard material, silver and glass, flexible, by weaving them with nylon. I have expanded the vocabulary of my materials by adding a soft material, such as wool. I knit and felt it with silver and glass so as to create textile jewelry. The work is soft and comfortable and can move with the body. I like to think of my work as site-specific installations for the mobile human body."