Eva Lynch’s piece ‘Anthropoware IV’ was inspired by her belief that the preservation of hand-skills is the preservation of humanity, archives the ancient hammer techniques and tools used to create an Iron Age ribbon torc.
The complex ribbon torc process was rediscovered by American goldsmith Michael Good and Irish silversmith Brian Clarke who realised that deer antlers were the tools used to form these works in antiquity. Working with repetitive hammer processes such as these induces the flow state readily. The opportunity for this connection of hands and heart is becoming more elusive as the age of convenience and technological advancements threaten not only the skills of the craftsman but the everyday rituals of the hands. By the end of the twentieth century humans will have moved as much rock and sediment in 150 years as we did in the preceding five millennia. Our passive consumption and disposal has resulted in man’s imprint being visible in the geological strata of the earths’ crust. ‘Anthropoware IV’ proposes a reconnection to the nature within and without through the hands.
Materials: reclaimed roofing copper, scrapped brass and ethically sourced deer antler bone. The predominant technique used to form the work is called anti-clastic raising.