Franjuli founder and consummate student of nature, Lisa Cottone, explores the rhythms of nature revealing the marvelous connection between science and art. As a scientist, Dr. Cottone studied the human brain, but ultimately found her calling as an artist, translating her scientific observations into art. The medium she uses, metal crochet, honors her grandmother who taught her how to crochet, while satisfying her intellectual curiosity at the harmony of structure and function within the human brain. Through precious metals, painstakingly crocheted and adorned with gems, Cottone stylishly transforms the beauty and ingenuity of nature’s patterns into wearable art . Cottone lives and works in New York with her husband and two children.
My jewelry is inspired by my personal and professional journey through the natural, scientific, and creative realms. By crocheting fine silver wire into wearable structures that mimic patterns seen in nature, I am able to transform my observations of the natural world into concrete form. Using a minute stainless steel crochet hook, I bend, pull, and twist the wire through a series of stitches that have been adapted for work with metal. Metal wire behaves differently than yarn; it is less flexible and unforgiving. In contrast to the fast rhythm with which I crochet yarn, I adopt a significantly slower pace with metal, concentrating on each stitch to ensure its perfection before starting the next stitch. Crocheting in this manner allows me to be mentally present with the piece I am working on, as opposed to having my attention drift while my hands assume automatic pilot. As such, crocheting with wire is a mindful and meditative process, keeping me in the moment.
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