noemi rafel scrimshaw

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The tradition of the old sailors that the word comes from the Dutch scrimshaw nautical slang and means " wasting time ."
Considered by some as the only genuinely original form of artistic expression in the United States, began practicing by sailors from whaling ships departing , especially in New England, on the east coast . It was to fill the many empty hours that entails such fishing , scraping with a knife or needle sewing boat sails , whale teeth or , more usually, walruses to set a pattern that was subsequently revealed with soot, ink or snuff juice . The reasons for the drawings used to be nostalgic character portraits of wives , or family back home and also any type of marine animal or sirens . His long cruises until at least five years were filled whole engraved ivory pieces then lead to his family as a keepsake trunks .
The scrimshaw became popular in 1960 when John F. Kennedy announced his hobby of collecting pieces recorded with this technique.
They say Scrimshanders are persistent character because I always find some material that "scratch " despite bans ivory.

The purpose of making the drawings is that they serve me as the sketch to make scrimshaw engraving. This type of engraving does not allow mistakes. If any would happen, the entire piece of ivory had to be re-sanded and polished.

The scrimshaw is a type of engraving that involves making small notches on the ivory in this case elk and later disclose ink.

To do this kind of work, a lot of patience is needed, in addition to the technical knowledge.

I like to watch them, stop me in their forms, folds, furrows, discover their colors until they transform and combine just after a few hours of work.

The ultimate goal of working on each of the pieces is extolling the beauty, nuances and capture a bit of the soul of nature.

In all processes and materials that I use for my creations I am respectful of the environment and the species that inhabit and enrich. I never use materials of endangered species and I am particularly rigorous with controls and documentation with CITES of the material I use of some species .

Customizing the pieces increases their value on an emotional level.
It is a form of future investment.


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