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Lingua Nigra

Lingua Nigra

Alicia Goodwin (Chicago, 1980) has been creating jewellery since childhood, but it wasn’t until she was earning her degree at The State University of New York Fashion Institute of Technology that she realized that creating impactful work in metal was her true calling. During her 18 years of living in New York City, Alicia worked for many talented small designers and also larger jewellery brands, all the while adding work to her own unique line of jewellery.

The work is created using several techniques, most notably acid etching and also metal reticulation. Each approach yields random texture that can never be predicted during process. The final result is metal with a mix of textures based on time and chance. Shapes are then cut out of the work, or cast items created from wax receive texture. During one of the final steps of the process, the texture becomes even more transformative when electroplated with 22kt gold.

Lingua Nigra was launched soon after Alicia graduated F.I.T. The work is inspired by nature, with a focus on ancient talismans, Victorian era work and mourning sentimental jewellery. Made of brass, silver and gold, extra care is given to these works. With nods to everything from markings on beetles to the texture on trees, Lingua Nigra is meant to evoke a timeless feeling that can be worn everyday, because this form of art should be shared by wearing.

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