Interview: Hannah

Today we’re joined by Hannah. Hannah is a truly phenomenal artist who makes some of the most gorgeous jewelry. Using natural gems, fossils, and minerals, she creates stunning work. Aside from jewelry, Hannah also dabbles in music. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I work with wires to create intricate jewelry with natural gems, minerals, and fossils.

What inspires you?

I’m often inspired by the stones themselves, and other artists I admire.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always been an artist! Music is also one of my passions and I also enjoy drawing as well. My grandmother was actually the one who suggested I start making jewelry, and she bought me my first pair of pliers. I had begun to develop an interest in rocks, and had started my own collection, so my grandmother suggested I try to use wire to create something with the things in my collection.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

A lot of my jewelry incorporates a star on the back of the piece. This star actually helps to keep the stone in secured in the wrap surrounding it.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice, practice, PRACTICE. Nobody starts out creating masterpieces. I know I sure didn’t! Also, make your art your own! Developing your own style is extremely important!!!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am an aromantic asexual!

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’m not all the way out yet, so I haven’t really experienced any problems caused by my sexuality.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

So many people seem to think that asexuality is a new concept! In all actuality, it’s been recognized as a sexuality for around for a hundred years! Magnus Hirschfeld mentioned concepts akin to asexuality in his pamphlet which he published in 1896. A ton of people seem to think this is another sexuality born out of Tumblr culture.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Your orientation is beautiful. You aren’t broken at all! Learning to embrace your sexuality is one of the most important things you can do (at least in my opinion!!!)

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Find me on Instagram (at) hannahfrankewirewraps!

Thank you, Hannah, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

The “dinosaur bones” that you see on display at the Museum aren’t really bones at all. Through the process of fossilization, ancient animal bones are turned into rock. 

Most ancient animals never became fossils. Their carcasses were likely consumed by other organisms, or worn away by wind or water. But sometimes the conditions were right and their remains were preserved. The most common process of fossilization happens when an animal is buried by sediment, such as sand or silt, shortly after it dies. Its bones are protected from rotting by layers of sediment. As its body decomposes all the fleshy parts wear away and only the hard parts, like bones, teeth, and horns, are left behind. Over millions of years, water in the nearby rocks surrounds these hard parts, and minerals in the water replace them, bit by bit. When the minerals have completely replaced the organic tissue, what’s left is a solid rock copy of the original specimen.

Learn more on the Museum’s Dinosaur website

Awesome Megafauna Skulls!

My last weird and awesome skull post was really popular, so I decided to do one about something else I’m excessively interested in: Megafauna! This isn’t at all a comprehensive list of the coolest ones, not by a long shot, so you should definitely look up some of the BBC docs on Youtube or google ones from your continent!

The cave bear! (N. America)

‘Hell Pigs’ (N. America) Actually entelodonts, unrelated to pigs at all and more closely tied to hippos and cetaceans! Dat sagittal crest amirite

The Stag Moose  @allosauroid brought to my attention that this is the skull of the Irish elk, Megaloceros, not a stag moose! (Eurasia) Which stood 6 foot at the shoulder/withers

Platybelodon (widespread) Google artist renditions of these guys, you won’t be disappointed

Barbourofelis! (N. America) Like a smaller smilodon, with much cooler teeth. Look at those incisors!

Megatherium (S. America) Primitive sloths the size of elephants!

Titanus Walleri (N. America) Other continents had equally large if not larger ‘terror birds’

Paraceratherium (Eurasia) One of the largest terrestrial mammals we’ve ever discovered. It was actually a species of hornless rhino! Google artist recs of these guys, too

Diprotodon (Australia) The largest known marsupial, which was the size of a hippopotamus and stood 6 feet tall

I saved Glyptodon (S. America) for last, because these things have some of the weirdest skulls I’ve ever seen. They were technically armadillos, but reached the size of a Volkswagen Beetle!

99-million-year-old bird wings were discovered perfectly preserved in amber. It’s the first time feathers this old have been found in such condition, making them primary examples of hair follicles and feather arrangements from the Cretaceous period. Most fossil wings are preserved in only two dimensions, and soft tissues like feathers rarely survive falling into amber. Source