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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. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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