A group of friends in an active yoga community enjoying daily yoga practice in a tranquil Caribbean setting. I try to capture the images around me.
The goal of my work is to depict the dynamics of the postures that we experience every day. Friends model for each piece of jewelry. First we have a photo session, to study the proportions of the figure (Slide 4).
From the photos I then make conceptual drawings of the pose (Slide 5). Jewelry has to be small in its scale, so it can’t hold all the details that a piece of sculpture would. As I reduce the size I try to retain the essence of each asana. It is also a fun challenge to incorporate gem stones into the artwork.
Next, the piece goes to the work bench where the drawing takes shape as a wax carving (Slide 6). Using the “lost wax” casting method the carving will be cast in gold and silver. I try to imagine each piece being a small sculpture that can be carried as inspiration through the day.
After the piece is cast, it is polished and the lines are refined further. The stones are set and it is made ready to wear (Slide 7). In the final stage
the model tries on the jewelry image for size.
Now you can browse in our on-line catalog and
choose from among these individually inspired jewelry pieces, to
wear one of your own or to give a truly unique gift to a loved one. About the artist:
Allan LaBerteaux has worked in the creative arts field for over 30 years. Making sculpted shapes that reflect his love of nature is his daily goal.
He has lived on the island of St Croix in the Caribbean Sea for 20 years, where he practices yoga with friends daily.