parchment blossom earringsby Margaret Dorfman $40.00
- the story
These delicate flower earrings fresh enough to be just-picked from the garden, but you might not guess that it's the vegetable garden. The creation of artist Margaret Dorfman, these flowers have petals and leaves crafted from thinly sliced vegetables. The veggies are picked for their rich color, and then cured, pressed, aged and dried into thin sheets. The parchment-like sheet is then shaped into their delicate flower forms and mounted on gold filled earring hooks. Each blossom is finished with a semi-precious stone as the tip of its stamen. Handmade in California.
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Choose from four combinations:
White Blossom Potato and Thai Green Papaya with Peridot
Watermelon radish and Zucchini with Tourmaline
Purple Potato with Amethyst Stamen
Beet with Natural Garnet Stamen
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- Item ID
- Made from
- amethyst, peridot, tourmaline, dried vegetables, 14kt gold filled wire
- 3" long with stem x 1/2" wide, each set varies slightly due to handmade nature
- Handmade in California.
Store out of direct sunlight.
- the maker
Margaret's work is made by hand from over 40 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are cured, dried, pressed and aged in a 10-14 day process. The translucent parchments that result capture and preserve the jewel-like colors and intricate structures that are characteristic of each fruit or vegetable. She calls this Vegetable Parchment, because the texture and translucency calls to mind the vellum parchments of medieval Europe.
Margaret realized at an early age that the best materials like acorns, bark, moss and feathers weren't found in stores. She still believes that the best materials are found in unexpected places, such as Chinatown for lotus root and bok choy, small Mexican mercados for chili peppers and papaya, Japanese markets and Korean groceries for green necked daikon. Though she now uses a produce supplier, she still visits these places with an eye out for the novel.
Everything is cut by hand with an old-fashioned mandolin slicer and a wickedly sharp assortment of knives. Her studio follows sustainable practices, using reclaimed water and recyclable packaging, and no toxic products are used. Leftovers are composted, recycled or donated to the local zoo.
Margaret earned degrees in Linguistics and Anthropology from U.C. Davis. She then went on to gain fluency in American Sign Language, and worked for many years as a sign language interpreter. For the last 13 years she has done this work full-time at her studio in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and son.
"It is deeply satisfying to work with these fruit and vegetables," says Margaret. "There seems to be alchemy involved as they transform from the familiar and commonplace and become objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic--and I am not really creating something new. I am only uncovering what was always there to see." collection
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