Antler & Mermaid Bone (tm) Barrettes
Items May Vary
Every piece of antler or bone is shaped by the life story of the animal, and a unique journey from the wilderness to the workshop. These photos are representative samples of the item you will receive. If you have a specific need, you may add a note at checkout or call to discuss. Or browse our small selection of individually photographed actual items.
Regular: Inside of clasp measures 2" end to end; customer feedback considers this a small/medium barrette
Antler: Naturally shed antler from Alaskan Caribou or Moose, sometimes deer
Mermaid Bone (tm): Rib bone from extinct Alaskan Steller's sea cow
Carving is the subtractive process of shaping a material. Through cutting, gouging, and grinding material is removed until the remaining shape meets the needs of the artist.
Carvings can be enhanced through additive processes, as well. Additive methods of inlaying, inletting, or appending pieces can add color or texture, incorporate additional materials, and enable the piece to be physically larger than the original piece of material.
An artist can use a variety of power and hand tools to create carvings, and can alter the material dramatically or subtly enhance its natural state. Modern bone and antler carvers typically use band saws, rotary power tools with aggressive metal burs (Foredom/Dremel), power sanding tools, and motorized buffing wheels. Some carvers enjoy working with hand tools, using handsaws and files to shape ivory, and wood is soft enough to commonly be shaped with hand chisels.
Before metal tools became available with the arrival of Westerners, indigenous Alaskans would use squirrel teeth to incise and scrape ivory, and mouth-held bow drills to drill holes. Finding materials naturally shaped like the tool being made was critical to the process.
Meriam's jewelry captures her response to each material's cultural and geological history. Besides color, texture, and design, Meriam provides context creating an interactive experience of learning and storytelling for the wearer.
Meriam lives in rural Alaska, where she grew up in an environment of artistic and entrepreneurial spirit. She and her family feel privileged to experience such a unique, sustainable lifestyle.
Even as I embrace modern materials, I favor Ice Age era bone and ivory, marvel at ancient artifacts, and am cowed by the timescale of gemstones. I seek out and integrate these treasures—originating in nature, enhanced by time, interpreted and adapted by people.
By bringing together the past and present, near and far, I hope to inspire new connections and understanding.
At "the end of the road" in Homer, Alaska, I live life at a virtual crossroads. I can enjoy a quiet, isolated lifestyle while participating in a vibrant, diverse community of artists and world explorers. I delight in the lifestyle and art traditions of indigenous Alaskans, and also explore and assimilate other styles and cultures. I enjoy the journey of discovery as I forge my own traditions.
Explore Meriam's other brands, too: Converging Traditions, Meriam Linder Art, & Wilderness Wonders