The Making Of Subterranean Swing | Atha Inc.
March 18, 2015

The Making Of Subterranean Swing

While at an art residency in Kathmandu I started making jewelry from scraps of cut paper leftover from paintings. The first one was a square with an empty middle from where a red circle had been cut out.


After many variations on the square, the paper prototype for Subterranean Swing emerged (featured in middle). Once I had a proportion I liked, I took it, along with a sketch, and went to go meet the jewelry artisans my friend had recommended.


Before we even started talking about jewelry, I was quite impressed with the healthy bounty of flowers in their courtyard.


After a couple of weeks we had a first prototype, shown here on the right.


Seeing the idea turn from 2D in paper to 3D in metal was amazing. Now it was all about fine tuning. We got started on a second version. I moved back to NYC and worked on the rest of the collection. After a few months I came back to Kathmandu and we began working on a third and final version.


Subterranean Swing is carved from buffalo horn. The way it opens and closes is unique and always surprising for someone seeing it for the first time.


The carved horn piece is placed in a clay mixture to make a mold.


The brass is put in the fire until it reaches the correct temperature and is ready to be poured into the mold.


The brass is removed from the mold and cooled before finishing.


Finishing and joining the two pieces together is the final and most time consuming step.