Black Shine

Black Shine (
Black Shine by Heather Miller

Title: Black Shine
Price: $40.00
Year: 2013
Size: 14″ x 6.75″ x ~1″

Black Shine was made using two different styles of jewelry pendants mounted on glass with a wallpaper sample background.

(temporarily removed from Etsy for new photography. The line in the image is just a shadow)

The Story:

I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.

Black Shine was born from a framing accident.  I bought the first frame for The Last Sin.  I ended up messing up the glass for the original frame.  While cleaning the adhesive off the glass, I somehow managed to scratch up the frame.  Upon returning to the store, I decided to by two frames, just in case I messed up another one.  I don’t normally take the approach but for some reason, this time I did.

Rather than just return the unneeded frame, I kept it.  It sat in my studio for three years.  I finally decided something needed to be done with it.  I had purchased the large square pendants in the center, but they too sat in my studio looking for a purpose.  The smaller square beads also just sat collecting dust.  I first decided the pendants fit nicely in a row down the center of the glass.  I thought they needed something else though.   The smaller squares seemed a natural fit since they more or less match the larger ones.  I abstractly placed those on either side.  I purposely did not try to align them in any way.  I wanted them to be random.  In hindsight, I’m not sure I’m overly fond of that decision.

The background is a wallpaper sample.  I’ve worked for a few architecture firms over the years.  They all have libraries full of huge books featuring samples of wall paper, flooring, and other materials.  Periodically a company will update those books, which means the old ones just get thrown out.  I kept a bunch of the wallpaper samples after one of the updates.  My plan was to scan them in to use as a basis for digital textures.  I never got around to that.  When I was totally stuck for what the background of this piece should be, I ended up going through my samples.