Feral Blue Jewelry
Feral differs from wild, which is a popular notion. Feral moves by intuition and nature, not by boredom, courage, or rebellion. Though curious, a feral creature is not always wildly brave. A feral thing is bred to be domesticated, yet pulls wildness from the edges of its ancestry.
Blue is a color that seems omnipresent. There is a love/hate with Blue, as it's sometimes the thoughtless go-to color of clothes and boring walls. The word itself has many meanings---from life's beginnings to the deepest emotions and unknowns. "Blue is beauty, not truth. 'True blue' is a ruse, a rhyme; it's there, then it's not. Blue is a deeply sneaky color." -Christopher Moore
Walking in two realms, I create representational and abstract works that speak with each other. The abstract shapes were born from line drawings of deteriorating and tattered textiles. They are a quiet Memento Mori, worn on the body and out into the daily world. They tell a story through the mind of the viewer. Like a Rorschach, they are reminiscent of dreamily laying on your back staring into unknown skies. I feel that we connect to each other as humans as we turn that which is a mystery to us into something familiar and tangible.
With the use of “stones” made from enamel and also semi-precious stones, I dance with the relationship between what is real and surreal. My representational work brings in imagery that tells the stories behind the abstract. The images I work with range from cosmic bodies to fauna and flora. They are the products of stories, myths, and archetypes.
Feral Blue is designed and hand made by semi-nomadic artist, Ashley Tamber, based in Richmond, Virginia. With a sharp intuition, a strong sense of humor, and a hunger for knowledge, she strives to make bold, intuitive work.