Bill Schiffer had a loft in Soho before it became the trendy neighborhood it is now. He is known to be the artist who originated the "wearable art" movement in the 1970's. He worked almost exclusively in hand painted polyester resin items at the beginning and continued to add crystals to the pieces and towards the end created jewelry using silver and gold. He created items with "visual effect", items that "move the eye around." His jewelry was offered in high end department stores and boutiques (starting with Bloomingdale's ) and some of his pieces go to the very "edge." This bracelet is rather tame but does met the criteria of moving the eye. It is a black resin bracelet that has an exaggerated feeling of rippled ribbons. Others describe it as a wave bracelet. No matter what the name, it is generates a feeling of movement with its "in and out” shape. The resin is molded in a almost amorphous manner and the shape is definitely unusual Yet it works as a bracelet. Another amazing characteristic of this bracelet is that the height of the plastic ranges from 1 1/4”to 2" tall. This adds to the asymmetrical aspects of the bracelet. The bracelet is signed "B. Schiffer 1987. The bracelet is in great condition which few, if any, scratches. Any imperfections you may see on the plastic, is the way the camera captures the light. There isn't any spots. The inner diameter ranges from 3 1/2" to 2 1/2". The outer circumference is approximately 7”. What a famous bracelet to wear when you need basic black but also want a bit of pizzazz . Fun to wear, fun to look at, all created by a true artist who knew how to "catch" one's eye!
Vintage Bill Schiffer "Wave" or "Ribbon Bracelet"