Jack da Silva, a celebrated metalsmith and jewelrymaker who works in California, is likely the first artist in any of the Signs of Life exhibitions to make a piece in response to a writer. Da Silva submitted his first piece, a bracelet called Remember Braillecelet, which inspired writer Alice Derry, of Washington State, to write a poem about wearing a bracelet as a child to help remember which side is left and which is right. Da Silva’s Braillecelet is a sterling band punctuated with small corks, like tiny wine bottle stoppers, that spell the word “remember” in Braille.
In a telephone interview da Silva said he became interested in Braille several decades ago as
a way to visually show the idea that communication comes in many forms. He added “there are ways of communicating that may not be quickly understood. But that doesn’t mean the information isn’t there. So it’s incumbent on the other person to figure out how to understand that information.” But after reading Derry’s poem a few times, da Silva decided to make another silver bangle bracelet, this time with the words “right” and “left” spelled out in Braille in tiny pearls and glass head quilter’s pins. The piece is engaging—a spare bracelet decorated with little pearl pop-ups—even before you understand that the pearls and pins are encoded with language. Like the Signs of Life project, da Silva’s bracelets communicate in more than one way.
Excerpt from Review of Signs of Life Exhibition, Facere Gallery, Seattle, WA
Signs of Life at Ornament Magazine - The Art and Craft of Personal Adornment, Ornament Magazine
by Robin Updike issue 35.1 Review of Signs of Life Exhibition, Facere Gallery, Seattle, WA
...“there are ways of communicating that may not be quickly understood. But that doesn’t mean the information isn’t there. ” Jack da Silva
Sterling silver, pearls, cork, glass head quilters pins.
Pattern spells ‘Remember’ in the braille alphabet.
4.5” x 4.5” x 2” Photo M Lee Fatherree
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