With Dark Memento I want people to become fetishists; to take a moment and consider what details make an object unique and how a thing can materially and symbolically signals to the passage of time and the coming future — maybe even incite personal meaning like an amulet or an old myth. Precious metals here emphasize longevity and antiquities and aging techniques impermanence.
The jewelry itself depicts historical and imagined headstrong archetypes while packaging pushes the collection's narrative – each handcrafted piece is safely cradled within a hollow burned paper book. In the end, the hope is that the wearer will consider a piece, put it to use and then return everything to its proper and sacred place.
Art Direction, Accessory and Prop Design - Derrick Cruz; Producer - Chris Reed, Photographer - Joel W. Henderson, Stylist - Alison Isabell; Hair & Make Up - Claudia Lake; Assistants - Barbie Edmondson, Sanae Ueyoshi
Theft of Light was inspired by our inherent need for family. Circumstantially denied this hopeful propensity, some brave all odds to seek a tribe. Yet, "all things permissible are not always expedient". Some tribes help us thrive, while others encourage us to revel indignantly towards self-destruction. Courage, sincerity and hope inform the outcome. Dedicated to "Jun" Cruz (1951-2009).
Art Direction - Derrick Cruz, Photography - Nadav Benjamin, Stylist - Sarah McCormack, Assistant - Christine Samar
A New Hive is part of a continuing effort by Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons to help save the indispensable honeybee. These images document an art installation and event that took place in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Every work in the exhibition was the result of thorough collaboration with artists and New York beekeepers geared to reflect one alarming vision — a future without pollinators.
10% of all proceeds from A New Hive supported sustainable beekeeping practices and the up-keep of hives founded by The New York Beekeeping Meetup and The Brooklyn Bee. To get involved or to learn more about beekeeping visit http://www.nycbeekeeping.com/
A short story about an only daughter among favored sons, and her bees. Scrimshaw on mammoth ivory, ebony, 18k rose gold, sterling silver.
Chapter I: Only Daughter (girl in dress profile with long shaft)
Chapter II: Las Abejas Mensanjeras (three bees)
Chapter III: Mano de la Virgen (hand shadow)
There are two chapters to the story that have not been produced.
Chapter IV: Athanasius
Chapter V: Padre o Cesar
Man & Viper was designed to compliment New York menswear brand The Cast. While shrouded in our consensual idea of luxury, these archetypes aim to challenge contemporary views of vise and prodigiousness.
THE GOLDEN JAW
This is a replica of a large human jaw with sculptural additions and modifications made by Derrick Cruz. It is also a tray for ashes or small valuables. Though not just for the smoker, cigarettes fit neatly in teeth cavities and cigars behind molars or across mandibular notches. Edition of 100.
24k Gold Over Solid Bronze
Natural Black Diamond
5″ × 4 1/4″ × 2 1/2"
Signed and Numbered by Derrick Cruz
Custom “Black Wood” Box
THE GOLDEN COTTONMOUTH
The Cottonmouth is a unique scarf adornment and detailed sculpture of a fictional viper modeled from memory. Edition of 100.
24k gold over solid bronze
2.25″ × 1.5″ × 1.5″
Each is marked with the artist’s initials