Into the Woods with Sheva Fruitman’s New Wood and Lacquer Bangle Stacks
Geometric shapes, linear structures, plays on proportion, and grid-like arrangements of color are merely some of the characteristics of New York-based artist Sheva Fruitman‘s work — be it her photographs, illustrations, paintings, or jewelry designs. Her Spring 2012 jewelry collection, now available on ArtwareEditions.com, channels these same overarching themes using materials ranging from aluminum to ebony, Chinese wood, lacquer, sterling silver, and smokey quartz stones.
The wood and lacquer bangle sets (like the stack pictured here, priced at $1300) are particularly intriguing in that they show how a natural material can be manipulated so as to yield a decidedly modern aesthetic without the integrity of that material being compromised. In this case, Fruitman created a series of Chinese wood bangle bracelets that, when stacked together measure 5″ in height. Each bracelet, measuring 2 9/16″ in diameter, featured either a red or black lacquer coating along the hollowed walls of its cylindrical shape. Its exterior, meanwhile, is relatively untouched so as to showcase the innate beauty of the camphor wood which features a fascinating mix of tonalities due to the difference in color between the heartwood and the sapwood .
Because the bangles feature different heights, when you stack them atop one another the effect is interesting as opposed to feeling over-the-top. And, of course, you can always wear a single piece when you want to keep it simple.