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Flora and Fauna: Jewelry and Art by Tina Tavolacci

A necklace made from enamel pieces suspended on a copper chainUntitled, enamel jewelry

Tina Tavolacci is a mixed-media artist currently living and working Coloma, Michigan. Using coloured pencil, acrylic paint, copper and found objects, she creates jewelry and paintings that express a love of flora and fauna.


A painting of a bird with metal accentsUntitled

Tina’s paintings take on an aesthetic that reminds me of old nature catalogs and textbooks that might be treasured finds from a grandparent’s attic. She often works in greyscale or a sepia tone, incorporating bits and pieces of metal and machinery, newspaper clippings and other items of interest to create a cobbled-together, anthropological look. Many of Tina’s works use insect motifs as their focus.


A screen capture of Tina Tavolacci's art websiteTina's gallery of colored pencil on copper jewelry 


The artist is also a prolific jewelry maker, using copper, colored pencil and enamels to create funky statement pieces that are both unique and totally wearable. I’m really enjoying Tina’s collection of recent enamel works – the bright colours and smooth, shiny surfaces of the pendants, bracelets and earrings in this gallery look almost like candy and have a great tactile appeal.


A pair of earrings made from copper and blue enamelUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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