In the morning, I put on coffee for myself. An ant crawled over the threshold into the garden. Harro came by my workshop that morning asking if I could make him an ant out of silver. A paperweight, preferably. And maybe also a pin for his lapel. Ants are, after all, noble insects. Queens, even. State-run, diligent, busy, hardworking. Later, in the bicycle shed smelling a bit of gasoline, two ants lay on the ledge of the wall, finally still. What luck. I carried their tiny bodies into my apartment, and the next day I began my work. First the body. It should be hollow.
Ø 5,5-6,5cm H 38mm
Ant L ca.30mm
Ant can be made in 18kt yellow gold or silver gold-plated.
Also smaller ant possible.
Needle L 50mm
Ants ca. 30mm
Worn on little black dress from Albi de Corbiac’s 2012 Paris Volupté Hirondelle collection. www.albidecorbiac.com
Driven and then engraved, up and down, over the fine bumps and ridges of an ant. When the underbody was soldered on, a likeness was formed. Yet it was later – when the legs were soldered on and gently curved into place – that my ants came suddenly alive, to crawl, wave, and dance. I could not help but smile. I began to think of all of the other places these little ants could bring their joy: on an arm, laid around the neck, pinned on a blouse, a dress, a tie. Placed on a desk, hung on a wall. Sewn on an evening bag or a winter coat. To adorn.