1. Pinus pinaster (exploded view): Stained Cell Series, 2008, 2. Equisetum Pendant (Commission) - detail 2, 3. Neckpiece # 2: Stained Cell Series, 2008, 4. Cysts and Symmetries: Earrings #3, 5. Ring #1: Stained Cell Series, 2005, 6. Marram study: Stained Cell Series, 2005 , 7. Pin #1: Stamen Series, 2005, 8. Stamen (inverted), 2004, 9. Eastern Cottonwood Defense 2008 (detail), 10. Sprout (detail), 2004, 11. Cysts and Symmetries Ring #3 (Commission), 12. Neckpiece #2: Stamen Series, 2004, 13. Ring #3: Stamen series, 2004 , 14. Leaf Section Bracelet, 2005, 15. Bracelet # 2: Stained Cell Series, 2006, 16. Earrings #8, Stamen Series, 2005 Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Vina Rust's work is the perfect example of taking a single element and a single theme and exploring the heck out them to create a signature style.
Using only commercial tubing (sometimes called chenier), a bit of sheet silver to act as a skin and her fascination with cellular structures and botanical illustrations, Vina has developed a line of jewelry that is truly unlike any thing I've ever seen before.
She groups individual pieces in series' called "Stained Cell", "Cysts & Symmetries" and "Stamen", but to me they're so harmonious as to be conceived with a single thought. Microscopic slices of organic origin that are both contemporary and comfortably familiar.
I love her work. And the very next time I'm in San Francisco I'll be sure to drop by the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery to see some of it in person.