Chloe Henderson Portfolio
Faery Wings Collection
cellophane stretched over small bones,
- Faery Wings Chloe Henderson -
The structures and forms of this collection reflect the nature of faery wings, and I have used the wings of insects as inspiration. Through the use of formed steel wire, hand-drawn etched silver sheet I created jewel-like abstract wings. The silvers will reflect like the colours of moonlight and through sparkly threads and opal beads I enhanced the luminescent quality.
The Little (Dead) Mermaid Collection
“So I shall die,” said the little mermaid, “and as the foam of the sea I shall be driven about never again to hear the music of the waves, or to see the pretty flowers nor the red sun.
- Hans Christian Andersen The Little Mermaid -
The bubble forms you see floating before you are inspired by the shapes of sea foam as it ripples and cascades through the waves and over the tides. The metal is 3-D printed steel with forms from my computer design drawings, which I have hand-etched with gruesome sea-creaturesque imagery and added dimensions to with limbs and parts of protruding dead sea monsters, sat amongst the gems of the depths.
Green moss and goold thread, dat’s what it was med on; just dem two things... “Mossycoat,” she called it, and she gave de name to de younger daughter, as she’d med it for.... It was a magic coat, she said, a wishing coat.
- Mossycoat Fairytale -
The dead moss from her coat has been stitched into the golden moss-etched pebbles, strung with thousands of mossy beads, & culminating in a large golden pendant; where the magic lies. I unearthed two segments of her crown, the circles still perfect, and I stretched out her white silk dress to protect the wishes. Underneath the silk lies the only piece of the Mossycoat that still possesses the wishing power.
Coin-Operated Boy Collection
Coin-operated boy, sitting on the shelf, he is just a toy, but I turn him on and he comes to life, automatic joy, that is why I want a coin-operated boy......
- Coin-Operated Boy The Dresden Dolls -
The Coin-Operated Boy vibrator container is formed from my hand, and electroplated in smooth shining silver; tactile and glorious to touch and fondle.
This piece sits inside a plush little box, a box for a bedside table. When you feel lonely you can take it out and hold in in your hand, run your fingers over its indents, or you can you use it's contents.
Jewellery is wearable art.
I have always loved the fine arts, and making things with my hands, so being able to take my ideas into the context of a body is satisfyingly human. I'm inspired by mythology, fairytales, and nerd culture. I use highly patterned etching, along with unusual materials and precious metals, with stitched, and beaded elements to create unique statement pieces.
Exploring new materials, techniques, and processes completely excite me. I really enjoy taking my inspiration as jumping off point, and experimenting with new ideas to turn the story into a work of beautiful adornment.
I discovered that my niche skill within the world of jewellery-making is etching, especially hand-drawn nitric acid etches. Through this method of scraping away lines of black etching fluid I fell in love with pattern drawing and this love has become my ink and paper Zendoodles.
Zentangles are an art form that use pattern to allow the artist pure creative freedom and I have adapted to that to suit my love for portraiture and fantasy into the Zendoodled illustrations you see before you.
Events & Exhibitions
Taking my jewellery and illustrations out into the wider world is one of the most exciting things I can do as an artist. I've participated in exhibitions, arts markets, zines, online galleries, and I am always open to new possibilities in showcasing my craft. I love watching the ways in which people respond to my work, and I am always enthused to hear feedback. My work is inspired by stories, and when my work meets it's audience new tales are created, and the stories are brought to life... and they all lived happily ever after!