Black Swan Wax Wall Hanging by Heather O’Shaughnessy

Black Swan Wax Wall Hanging by Heather O’Shaughnessy


Black Swan wax wall hanging inspired by Georgian and Victorian mourning jewelry
9.5  inches X 6  inches

During the 18th and 19th century, mourning jewelry was a fashionable way to commemorate the recent passing of a loved one. it was often worn during the formal “mourning period” directly following a death. 

”A few trinkets must be worn, if only to accentuate the general sombreness of the costume," stated an 1892 article on mourning in The Queen, a British society and fashion magazine. Mourning jewelry was often made of jet (fossilized wood or glass), vulcanite (sulphur and India rubber), gutta-percha (tree resin), or bog oak (fossilized Oak) rendered into symbolic, bittersweet vignettes. During the Victorian era, the swan was symbolic of purity and grace.

Each piece is cast in black dyed beeswax from a mold made from one the artists' original sculptures, and has a black velvet ribbon embedded in the wax for wall hanging.

Heather O’Shaughnessy is an American artist currently residing in Saint Louis Missouri. She works across disciplines as a sculptor, illustrator and ceramic artist and spent the last 5 years teaching ceramic sculpture on the Hawaiian islands. She works primarily in porcelain and wax and regularly participates in exhibitions throughout the United States. She developed her process with wax through trial and error, an endeavor which involves sculpting, mold making, casting, carving and painting, and shares this technique with others through wax-focused workshops. She periodically releases collections of miniature wax sculptures in limited edition.

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