Flora and Fauna: Jewelry and Art by Tina Tavolacci
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.
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.
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.