As the daughter of renowned furniture designer Vladimir Kagan and needlework queen Erica Wilson design runs in her veins, so it seems only natural that Jessica Cushman's work is totally unique and fresh.
Having learned scrimshaw from her father, who took up the
craft in the 1960's in Nantucket, Jessica has taken the art form to a
new (and slightly un-orthodox) level - creating scrimshawed antique
that lie somewhere between a tattoo and a bumper sticker. Historically
practiced by sailors on long journeys hunting for whales, scrimshaw
traditionally depicted whaling scenes, ships, women and scenes copied
from magazines of the day. Jessica takes quotes and phrases, from
movies, literature and in some cases, New York graffiti and transcribes
them via scrimshaw onto fossilized wooly mammoth ivory bracelets -
combing a venerable traditional craft with wry, modern wit.