Reflective. Evocative. Transformative.
When asked to describe her work in three words, Brandi Couvillion responds with reflective, evocative and transformative. From raw sheets of metal, using handcrafted techniques involving heat image transfers, various etchants, patinas and polishes, as well as hammer forming, Brandi transforms jewelry into small, wearable archives.
From her signature cuff bracelets to necklaces and cufflinks, metal etchings of historic New Orleans maps anchor the design of her collections. Culled from archives, some maps date back to as early as the 1700s, bringing a contemporary feel to an ephemeral aspect of the city’s history. After research throughout the archives, damaged portions of the maps are reconstructed.
These adornments immortalize the transitory landscapes of New Orleans’ history: from trade routes and forgotten swamps, to abandoned asylums whose architectural residue still decorates the landscape today.
The Crescent Necklace is an etching crafted from a historic map in the late 1800s, which showcases the neighborhoods as they were developed at that time, along with railroads and other parts of the environment. It is an iconic view of New Orleans.
Brandi looks forward to various collaborations with local cultural institutions to create new collections that speak to the history of our beloved city.
Read more about Brandi in her Q&A and view her collection on her Artist Profile.