One of the greatest things about my job is the fact that I am guaranteed to learn something every week. Right up there with providing my family with a living. Do you realize that the Blue Heron Gallery has been open twenty five years this September? Amazing. We are still around. Who would have thought?
In any case I bought an interesting piece of modernist jewelry this week, paid more than I wanted to for it but something about it had a very unique look. I knew nothing about the artist when I bought it. Now after a little research, I think it is fair to say that she has not yet received the notoriety or acclaim that she richly deserves for her body of work. It is surely coming.
|American Craft Council|
After graduating she worked in graphic design for the navy in World War II producing some very nifty war posters.
In 1963, the United States Steel Company commissioned Scherr to create industrial-style stainless steel jewelry, which became a signature style. In the early 1970s she began making jewelry with either self tracking or medical purposes, the early designs were called "trach necklaces", for people who had tracheotomy surgery the necklace would slip into place with a medical device and cover the surgical opening so the patient no longer felt a need to hide their neck. She also designed a heart monitoring necklace; a bracelet that monitors the pulse rate and displays the results through a light-emitting diode; a pendant with a 10-minute supply of oxygen; a portable electrocardiograph necklace; and others.
|Waterfall - Smithsonian|
|Worry bracelet - Jason Dowdle|