Sense and Reverence Jewelry is a line of hand-fabricated and nature-informed contemporary art jewelry. I began working in this medium in 2016, after many years of experimenting in a variety of different techniques. After years spent searching, collecting and preserving, I’d found a way to preserve and document these precious objects from my travels and memories.
I use traditional metalsmithing techniques as well as electroforming, which offers the ability to preserve and combine natural and botanical elements with metals, rough and precious gemstones and found objects. The process itself relies both on science and art, and offers mostly unlimited possibilities for creative expression.
The nature of the process makes every piece a unique expression, and this is one of the parts of the process I find most intriguing. After a few rounds of successful experiments in electroforming, Sense + Reverence was born with the intention to bring the intricacies of nature and all of its mysteries and magic to everyday wear.
All of my work as an artist is informed by a sense of reverence for the natural world that began in forest and farming adventures as a child. I was raised in a rural environment as the child and grandchild of farmers and gardeners who spent countless hours in the forest and fields. My other work can be found at www.aprilarotin.com, along with some helpful tips for those wanting to start or refresh their handmade business.
The work I do hinges on the idea that there is a distinct, universal experience in appreciating the wonders of the natural world, and comes with a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for natural history. I believe in the power of nature as a profound force for healing and creative expression, and each piece is a celebration of that universal sense of wonder, awe and enchantment that true appreciation of the power of nature offers to all of us.
What is electroforming?
Electroforming is a process by which a layer of metal, in this case copper, is deposited on an object by way of an electrolyte bath. After sealing, the pieces are coated in a conductive media, and each one is brought to life with an electric current.
The current causes the attraction of individual copper atoms to the piece coated in conductive media, resulting in a final product with the highest level of pure copper possible.
The pieces are removed from the electrolyte bath after a minimum of 24 hours, and in some cases, they remain in solution for up to 72 hours.
After they’re removed, the piece is neutralized, cleaned, and polished. Some remain in this raw state, others are oxidized and coated to enhance the natural texture of the copper deposition.
Finally, the pieces are assembled and finished. From the design phase to final assembly, the process takes about two weeks to complete.
About the Artist
April Arotin is a lifelong artist, first experimenting as an abstract painter and later making the leap into full-time jewelry design.
Primarily self-taught, she also studied fine arts at the university level. Passionate about community health and individual wellness, she is an advocate for healthy lifestyles as a former yoga teacher and yoga and art studio owner.
She lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area with her partner and young child. More of her current artwork and writing can be found here: www.aprilarotin.com.