March 2, 2012
Last Tuesday, I had the chance to pay a visit to the workshop cum showroom of Derrick Cruz’ Occulter, a collective of similarly dark and hyper-imaginative designers who create awe-inspiring jewelry and other objects.
the lady of the torch, Crispy, soldering a jump ring on to a necklace
The artfully dark pieces at Occulter go beyond what is typically gothic, and with boldly innovative techniques and creative use of materials, elicit a sense of wonderment in the beholder.
The Solve ring by Langoliers is knit in a natural material that is burned away when cast, resulting in an unexpected solidity for a piece with such organic texture.
stackable leather and metal rings by Bevel
These Morrissey candles, sculpted by Sean Burford, are designed to be effigies of the musician: heroic idealizations of Morrissey, vulnerable only by the band-aid covered nipple and a cotton wick.
This three-piece hand armor by Bevel, cast expertly to hug the contours of a human hand, is bafflingly comfortable.
Another piece of armor, this full-finger ring by Bevel is a eerie and organic take on Vivienne Westwood's iconic medieval-inspired armor ring.
Special thanks to Chris Reed of Occulter