We have decided to feature a special piece each day, over the next 12 days. The first day we picked the Palmer cuff handmade in sterling silver. Each Palmer is hand engraved with a passage from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke… the Stephen Mitchell translation is the best in my opinion and deeply moving. This book was very important and inspirational to me as a young artist in my early 20's.
I will never forget one Christmas season Barneys New York featured it in their holiday catalog and we were here into the wee hours engraving what felt like hundreds of them. I engraved 7 in a row before realizing I’d left a word out on every one! In the recycling bin they went!
When I first opened my tiny retail store the owner of De Vera came in and bought a Palmer for himself. I was so flattered and honored. Federico De Vera is a kind man known world wide for having impeccable taste and talent. I am also honored to have my candle snuffer among the objects so reverentially displayed in his store.
I designed the Palmer in 2004 and it has since become a classic. This bracelet is easy to wear and is a bold 'statement piece'. It is larger in scale compared to my usual work yet there is still a feeling of intimacy that the smaller pieces carry because of the subtlety of the thoughtful and meditative passage.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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