Blossom was made for Ana [fictional name]. It is a piece to be worn cradled in the cupped hand, made from wood, glass, silver and vintage postage stamps. The form and digital potential of the piece refer to Ana’s love of nature, precious relationships with her grandmothers, and connections to family and family land in Cyprus. It is made to act essentially as a connection to human relationships and to place, a feature resembling the status of much jewellery traditional or otherwise; a feature that the digital aspect of the piece may strengthen and extend.
The jewellery object, residing with Ana in the UK, is connected to a rain sensor, planted on Ana’s family land in Cyprus. At the heart of the jewellery piece is a structure holding vintage Cypriot postage stamps. The stamps date from the years when Ana’s grandmothers lived in Cyprus and have been sent on letters from Cyprus to the UK. Printed on the reverse of the stamps is the photograph Ana took of her icon. The authenticity of the stamps was of great importance as a physical connection to both geographies; objects that had actually travelled the digital journey proposed by the piece and as fragments of a form of communication used in the past.
The old Cypriot postage stamps begin closed like the petals of a flower inside the glass dome, attached to a mechanism, waiting to receive a signal sent initially from the rain sensor. Once the rain sensor had registered a predetermined quantity of rain in Cyprus, which may take months or even years, a signal is sent to the jewellery object and the mechanism is activated; slowly opening the postage stamp petals like a flower blossoming. The piece sustains the flower metaphor further by blossoming only once.