I’m not afraid to say that I’m pretty obsessed with these Laurel Burch pieces from the 70’s and 80’s. You possibly remember her for her famous cat paintings, but she also made lots of other things – these jewels included. I am not sure if it’s the colour palette or the stylised animal shapes I love the most. I think it’s probably both and I am stalking pieces on Etsy, in the hopes of snaffling a bargain.
Sadly, Laurel died in 2007 from complications caused by the severe osteoporosis she’d suffered all her life. Obviously she had a gosh darned prolific career, apparently launched to support her children following the end of her first marriage. (She left home at 14 and had a pretty tumultuous early adulthood).
“Laurel Burch, who as a 20-year-old single mother found metal in junkyards to hammer into jewelry to support her two children, and went on to win distinction as a fanciful designer and success as a savvy businesswoman, died on Sept. 13 at her home in Novato, Calif. She was 61,” The NY Times said in her obituary.
“I live within the vivid colors of my imagination … soaring with rainbow feathered birds, racing the desert winds on horseback, wrapped in ancient tribal jewels, dancing with mythical tigers in steamy jungles,” Laurel said.
Click each image below to see it on Etsy.
How good, right?