Gabrielle Gould's jewelry is an interpretation of the natural feel of coastal Florida, where they live. It is a figurative representation that depicts the environment of the south with feathers, birds, and shells from the beaches or scrubby dune hammocks.
Inspired partly by the ornamentation of indigenous people, Gould's use of feathers is comparable to today's prevalent use of gemstones. The color, texture, and size of each of the feathers are carefully considered when they create a one-of-a-kind feather neckpiece. The time-consuming process of organizing, trimming, and lastly hand-wrapping the feathers onto the neckpiece is a small part of a fulfilling endeavor. By fabricating in silver and gold, Gould creates an "armature" upon which they add feathers. These metal forms are linked, strung, and/or woven to allow movement with the body-- my goal being to create a textile-like feel. Gabrielle Gould's figurative bird imagery is also from the southern landscape---mainly coastal Florida. Each bird pin is based upon a species common to this area.