Helen Cowart - Inrō with Manju Netsuke and Earrings
Artist: Helen Cowart
Materials: yukata fabric, wood, copper, silver, shibuichi, powder coating, acrylic varnish
Dimensions: 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 11/2"
Artist Statement: Traditionally, Japanese people did not wear jewelry. Instead, they adorned themselves with kimono, kanzashi, and other personal items. Inspired by this I made an inrō (a small container for small, important items that would be hung from the obi, or belt of a kimono) and a pair of earrings from shibuichi (a Japanese copper-silver alloy) that are based in the flowers from the yukata fabric I received. I also used shibuichi in the manju netsuke, the "anchor" that hangs over the top edge of the obi.
Artist Bio: Helen Cowart is a traditionally trained artist who fell in love with kiln-formed glass. She creates art for viewing and wearing; pieces that are connected and speak with the same voice.
Helen’s work is informed by her environment, both internal and external. Much of it is meditative in nature, creating a place for the viewer that is quiet and thoughtful. She also creates to express her delight in color, line, shape, and texture. You can view more of her work at helecowart.com.