Red Sea Shoal Necklaces
This series of pieces evolved after a couple of memorable trips to Egypt, which included dives in the Red Sea and a number of visits to the Cairo Museum of Antiquities to study its awesome collection of Pharaonic artefacts. The stylistic form of the ancient Egyptian artefacts so impressive me, I was motivated to start carving, in wax, some of the fish I had encountered during diving and endeavoured to reduced the modelling down to its fundamental forms, eliminating extraneous detail.
I wanted the "Red Sea shoal necklaces" to reflect the diversity of the marine life, hint at the colours by the use of different precious metals but also suggest the interrelationship with its environment by having the shoal swimming under rock fragments or boxes like structures. These would provide linking devices to determine whether the shoal would be worn as a choker or a pendant. The linking device in the first 2 examples, additionally allows the shoals to be worn as a brooch as well as a necklace. See also Red sea studs and drop earrings.