If you read design and trend blogs, you may already be familiar with "Shane" resin cast belt buckles and jewelry. Featured on several popular design sites, the Artist/Designer Brooks Shane Salzwedel never intended to become an accessory designer. While studying at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, his art became smaller and smaller until each piece was about the size of a belt buckle.
The casted resin belt buckles contain eerie yet beautifully illustrative images. In them, one might find an owl, deer, crow, or even a cityscape among foliage and fog. A hand-laid process creates a depth not often found in buckles and accessories. Whether solid in rich color or detailed with stunning silhouettes of hawks and great pines, the leather straps are cut, dyed, and painted by hand.
See all of his stunning belt buckles here.
But are you familiar with his actual artwork? Brooks creates beautiful fine art pieces with this same technique. I especially love his pieces created in tin boxes or framed by pipe and resin.
See his work at Tin Lark Gallery here.
NOTCOT, always on the cutting edge, did do a story on his artwork as well as a feature on his jewelry, see the story here.
Be sure to catch his upcoming solo exhibition at Black Maria Gallery
June 28th through July 26th, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, 28th of June 7:00 - 10:30pm
The artists' site.
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