'Into The Wild' Necklace/ Brooch 2016, Commission for The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
A number of artists were commissioned by Harrogate Museums and Arts to create pieces that were in some way inspired by the museum and fine art collections of Harrogate Borough Council, or the buildings and their associated history. These works are available to buy exclusively from the Mercer Art Gallery.
'Into The Wild' necklace/brooch, 2016
Composed of: sterling silver, resin, lichen and gold leaf
detail to back of 'Into The Wild'
'Into The Wild' necklace/brooch
'Into The Wild' necklace/brooch
The Myth of The Aurora Borealis
"There is an Eskimo legend which is woven around the mercurial properties of labradorite. They say that the Northern Lights were once held captive in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. The story goes that an Eskimo warrior found the rocks. Using all his strength he struck the rocks with his spear. Some of the light was set free to flicker and roam in the stratosphere but some of the light remained trapped creating the stone we call labradorite."
This piece was created for and included in the Supbrooch exhibition and book which featured brooches made and specifically worn by men.
The Dawn Chorus, silver and recycled silver necklace
This sterling silver necklace is composed of a hand cut silver silhouette of an small woodland bird, singing with all its might at the break of day. This silhouette 'floats' above an interior that has been covered in patinated silver leaves.
The original idea for this piece was rooted in the deciduous forests that weave and climb and cling to the steep inclines that cut into the land that rises up from the back door of Cari-Jane's workshop. She has navigates these spaces over the year and watches as the canopy of leaves grows and makes verdant tunnels of dappled light. What was once a silent minimal graphic expression of bare branch against bleached out chalky winter sky grows into a vast kaleidoscopic cathedral.
And so this piece has an interior, a 'floor' covered in leaves, a sifted foundation of root and vine and folded veins. The back of the piece holds a similar, smaller pocket of space and is textured with a leaf skeleton from these hills. This little pocket is set with a pearl. The back plate is made from a heavy sheet of recycled silver which shows a bit of roughness in places. It is timeworn, aged.
The whole piece is supported on an entirely handmade chain and fastened with a simple T-bar closure.
Midnight Bird Singing by Moonlight brooch and necklace
This brooch is also a necklace. It has a hidden complexity. The 'Moon' can be removed and strung around ones neck on the sterling silver 17 inch (43cm) chain that is included.
The brooch itself features several layers of enamel. There is a layer of duck egg blue. Over the top of this, a layer of gunmetal grey enamel for the bird and the branches. This is all fused to a copper base.
The silver moon slots in at the top - illuminating the singing bird. The silver leaves hold the whole ensemble together with hand made tiny silver rivets. The fittings on the back of the brooch are sterling silver whilst the pin itself is made from steel piano wire which gives good spring and strength.
The Stowaway piece was inspired by Shane Rhodes ‘The City Speaks, A Poem for Hull’. The piece comments on the nautical connection between places, issues arising from migration and the historical heritage of the city of Hull.
Gallery stockists and current exhibitions
Found Gallery, 84 High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian
The Craft Center & Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds
Mercer Art Gallery shop, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Six Memos for the Next Millennium chapter 3 Exactitude
This sterling silver ring is exact as it is precise. It is minimal and sculptural. It has presence and strength. It is composed of sheets of sterling silver which I cut by hand and meticulously solder together. The hollowed domed silver piece that rests on the top is patinated on the inside to give the silver a blackness and depth. The dome represents time, the passing of which is about the most exact thing I can think of! I have given the domed portion a light satin finish whist the rest of the ring has a bright polished finish.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Chapter 1, Lightness
This conceptual sculptural sterling silver ring is part of the 'Six Memos for the Next Millennium' series. The rings are based on the book by Italio Calvino of the same name. This is ring number 1, based on Calvino's first chapter on the subject of 'Lightness'.
The concept for the ring involves representing the lightness of space which is after all about the most weightless thing! The ring is made from sheets of sterling silver which have been cut by hand and meticulously soldered together. The hollowed half dome that rests on the top is patinated on the inside to give the silver a blackness and depth. It has been drilled with many tiny holes to create a little universe.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium necklace, Chapter 3, Exactitude
This sterling silver necklace is exact as it is precise. It is minimal and sculptural. It has presence and strength. A hollowed domed silver pendant hangs at the end of an entirely handmade chain.
This conceptual sculptural sterling necklace is part of the 'Six Memos for the Next Millennium' series. The necklace is based on the book by Italio Calvino of the same name. It takes its' concept from Calvino's third chapter entitled 'Exactitude'.
The dome represents time, the passing of which is exact, measured and finite.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium, rings
Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Chapter 3, Exactitude, earrings,
Six Memos for the Next Millennium, chapter 1, Lightness
Six Memos for the next Millennium ring, chapter 6
Split pod earrings in silver and gold leaf
Split pod necklace in silver, gold plated interior
Split Pod ring
Shell Pebble pendant
This piece is part of the 'Les Petites Cailloux' series - the pendant takes the form of a beach pebble, smoothed by years of tumbling around at the surf edge. The length of the chain means that it is easy to hold the pendant in your hand - just as one would do on a beach walk after picking up a 'treasure'. The silver has been lightly patinated to bring out the texture of the shell etching.
The hollow form pendant features an etched shell image on the front and handwritten text from a song on the back. The text reads as follows:
"All of these moments I'll never replace No fear in my heart or absence of faith All I want is to be home People I've loved I have no regrets Some I remember, some I forget Some of them living, some of them dead And all I want is to be home"
Pearl and Pebble ring
Imprinted Leaves series
Fiercely Feminine silver necklace with chalcedony
Fly Free necklace
Pearl and Hydrangea Petal Imprint Locket
Fiercely Feminine silver necklace with chalcedony
Fiercely Feminine ring
Hidden leaf texture to back of Pebble and Pearl ring
Cascading Leaf Pendant
Family Tree necklace
Silver Tree Leaf Imprint necklace
Leaf Imprint earrings
Leaf Imprint cufflinks
Leaf Imprint Cufflinks
Bracken Imprint and Blackwood kilt pin
Fiercely Feminine silver necklace with labradorite
Small, large and double crater stacking rings
Small and large lichen stacker rings
Triple twig ring
Double twig ring
Golden Crater stacking rings
Rock Pool ring with emeralds
Crater and gold leaf crater stacking rings
Pebble and small Pearl ring
Leaf print to rear of Pebble and Pearl ring
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ring
Six Memos for the Next Millennium rings
Golden penny rings
Press and Publication
Project Calm magazine, May 2019
17 December 2017
Interview, Huf magazine, issue 53, 2016
pages 1 and 2
huf interview, issue 53, pages 4 and 5
'I am a lady Mary, I can be as contrary as I like' Downton Abbey necklace
This necklace was published on the Etsy Metal blog as part of a monthly jewellery challenge series. The theme that produced this piece was Downton Abbey, a popular historical drama series filmed by the BBC.
'The Myth of the Aurora Borealis' man brooch
'The Myth of the Aurora Borealis' brooch was selected to be part of the SupBrooch exhibition which celebrates brooches designed for and worn exclusively by men. November 2013
'A Life Without Love is Like a Year Without Summer' , brooch
The felt and silver brooch titled 'A Life Without Love is Like a Year Without Summer' by Cari-Jane Hakes was published in Lark Books 500 Felt Objects (page 118) Published 9 September 2011
Midnight Bird Singing by Moonlight brooch/necklace
Midnight Bird Singing by Moonlight brooch / necklace included in Ganoksin 'Changing Hues:Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World. Click here to see on Ganoksin.