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Feature Designer : John Downie's Native Art Inspired Pendant

John Downie is a Canadian metal smith artisan whose designs are beginning to catch people's eyes. I was one of them.

He made this lovely silver pendant for his wife. The shape of the pendant echoed the combined form of the geese. The inspiration for the bird design came from a well-known Ontario-born Ojibwa artist whose work John particularly admires. The fluid lines of the geese that John accented with liver of sulfur treatment remind many people of Benjamin Chee-Chee (1944-1977)'s minimalist style. A brief biography and some of his work can be seen here.

We often see books translate into movies - here we have art translating into jewelry!

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