You, dear reader, are about to meet a fabulous artist and wielder of metals- Zachary Pryor.
Browsing through his website and etsy store is like visiting a gallery, a metal-smith and a vintage boutique all at once.
Lonely in the woods of northern Maine with miles between him & the nearest neighbors – Zachary Pryor found that trees & his own creativity were his two best friends. He focused on his painting career for his teen and young adult years and soon turned this work into “wearable art” during his first stint in New York. These surreal comedic pop art pieces that deal with the lightness and darkness inside us all are featured prominently on his etsy site, http://www.zacharypryor.etsy.com.
Much later he stumbled upon his jewelry making prowess quite accidentally, but has since found that it is his true calling. Zachary watched a metal mining documentary in the early stages of his jewelry making career, so now most of what he makes is “up-cycled” as mining new metals is terrible for the environment. He collects pieces from estate sales, flea markets and antique shops from across the country so many of his pieces have a history, a story. If they don’t he makes one up calling upon his colorful past. These pieces and his stories can be seen on his copious site.
Try to contain yourself- two winners have a chance to win pieces from the Zachary Pryor line!
His She-Ra inspired painted canvas cuff is up for grabs as is his “Moose at Lower Landing” necklace!
Lower Landing was the name of my maternal grandparent’s plot of land
in Sheridan, situated on the banks of the Aroostook River…You’ll see
that name again in some of my other pieces. We had no running water,
plumbing or electricity at Lower Landing (this is were I spent the
bulk of my childhood) Anyway, on one of my grandmother’s trips to the
outhouse she encountered a moose. He was very curious but his huge
antler rack wouldn’t allow him to get to her. She waited on the toilet
until he finally got bored and lost interest. And MY Most Memorable
Moose Moment (m.m.m.m.m.) was when I was picking lupines (my favorite
flower) for my mother along the railroad tracks between Ashland and
Sheridan, Maine. I heard loud moaning and rustling and when I turned
around a huge bull moose was waking from a morning nap and standing
just feet from me. I froze, knowing full well that this moose could
easily trample me. I stared in his eyes for a few minutes before he
simply snorted and trotted away from me. insane. and awesome.
This piece called to mind those childhood moose stories for me as it has a mini school
classroom ruler and a moose coin among the charms adoring it’s many chains.
It also has a Canadian nickel (I grew up less than an hour
from the New Brunswick border) It also has vintage copper chains,
silver plated chains, a sunstone cabochon and other vintage copper trinkets.
It hangs quite long and is a true statement piece.
And the story behind She-Ra
background. My grandfather Harry Spillan used to work for Mattel and
he would bring home each of the master of the universe toys for me. I
always wanted to branch out into the She-RA world of toys but alas,
they were for girls. I was allowed to have Bow one day (strange as
he’s the gayest toy of all), but no She-Ra dolls. Then one Christmas
morning I awoke to find every She-ra doll under the Christmas tree. My
parents really outdid themselves. of course I shaved all of their
heads within weeks, but I was happy with them for a short time.