Brooch “Eye of the Circuit”
Artist: David Casella
David Casella creates his own jewelry and metal work designs for a variety of venues through his studio D.A.C-METALS. He works on private commissions, participates in selected juried shows, does contract work and has had his work shown in Bay Area galleries. David’s past employment has included working at a coppersmith studio for eight years where he became lead production manager. He also worked on custom steel fabrication and consulting for Eric Powell designs. David is currently teaching at The Academy of Art, Scintillant Studio, and The Crucible where he has helped develop the jewelry department, proposed classes and workshops since 2000. He also is an active member of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area teaching workshops and participating in juried exhibitions. David Casella earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art with an emphasis in Metalsmithing and Jewelry design in 1996.
Materials: Circuit Boards, Sterling Silver, Anodized Aluminum, Brass, Nickel Pin Back
This brooch would not have been made if I weren’t put up to challenge of using e-waste from a fellow jeweler, in this case circuit boards. My goal in making this piece was not to alter the circuit boards in any way, so no adding extra holes or cutting it up. This left me with “finding” out how I could connect and use each of the circuit boards to create apiece, that was interesting to make and view. So it became a process of laying them out and seeing where and how I could use the holes in the boards. I like patterns in my work so I naturally gravitated to a symmetrical pattern using the circuit boards, rivets, and holes. I wanted the brooch to stand out in a room so that is why I added the bright purple anodized aluminum. I used the round brass piece as a bass to attach everything to and also it gave me a material that I solder on the pin backs. Over all I’m really happy with this piece, for sticking with my own parameters, the color pallet of the different materials and also how even using a material that I was unfamiliar with, the circuit boards, the piece took on a look and feel of past pieces in my portfolio.
I think using e-waste in art is a challenge because of the difficulties and uniqueness of the materials. Also there is the challenge of how the artist can change the pre-conceived look of the e-waste and make it into something unique and original to the artist. But those are minor in comparison to all the good that comes from re-using e-waste materials and ones that still have precious materials in them and keeping them out of landfills. Lessing the impact on the earth is always a good thing
Artist Website: http://www.dac-metals.com/
Market Value: $385
Starting Bid: $140