Introducing the Zipper Girls Vase Trio. These pieces are the core of the zipper series which began with Pretty Woman. Each vase represents a unique character, personality and culture in feminine society. Twisted Sister named after the Rock and Roll band is about black leather and metal stud fashion. Skinny Jeans is a tall leggy vase in tight fitting faux denim fabric. Biker Chick represents the Harley Motorcycle culture with leather and steel findings.
The series began as an accidental design opportunity. I was making a tall vase that developed a crack from the top edge to the base. There was a ton of potential in the piece and I could not give up on it. I placed it on a shelf where I could see it everyday. Waiting and hoping that a solution would come to me. Then one day the bells went off. How about adding a zipper to simulate making the vase whole again? Once Pretty Woman was complete I recognized the potential for additional wooden vases in a series. This is how the Zipper Girls Vase Trio came about.
I produce and design all items in my shop in New Jersey, USA. My primary tool is the wood lathe. I use this tool to create the form. Once complete the piece moves to the workbench for secondary operations to decorate and enhance the piece. This includes pyrography which is a wood branding technique to make texture. I will also consider carving, staining, painting and airbrushing. The final process is to add a protective coating that I will buff and polish.
This series won Honorable Mention in the Woodworkers Showcase, an annual event is Saratoga NY.
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