Exhibition Norway Sept. 2014
Another duo exhibition In Norway, Årnes, with Norwegian painter friend, Marit Stang.
Once more her large canvases were paired with my own small bracelets. The combination works, in its own peculiar way. Show title: The place, the tree, the flower. Impressions and memories. Marit's main source of inspiration were trees, while mine was flowers.
To be precise, mine was memories of places related to flowers and the changing seasons. This 2014 exhibition was colored and inspired by wildflowers well known in plant hardiness zones 3-9. These first signs of summer merged with sweet childhood memories - expressed in a rich selection of bracelets. The work title was (badly translated): Armready flower memories.
Five themes emerged, inspired by the flowers from earliest spring through summer and autumn into the first days of frost. It resulted in five collections based on five colour moods:
1) Hepatica in earliest spring, before the onset of green.
2) Still spring, but now fragrantly green, forest violets in mossy woods.
3) Then, full summer with happy meadows in colourful bloom.
4) A burst of warm red and purples take over wood and marsh.
5) Occasionally, frost surprises some lingering stubborn growth and sugar-coats the garden.
To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The earth laughs in flowers".
When spring is still uncertain and dull brown, the warm blue Hepatica flower heads peak through tawny winter leaves. Intensely blue, and pleasant colour shocks to the senses after a long winter in black and white.
Violets in the Moss
Next memory, the fragrant violets I used to find in a mossy forest glade. Their sweet scent blends with the fragrance of the moss; a perfume I wished to wear.
The Summer Meadow
Then the summer explodes in the wildflower meadow. Sunny and bright, choose and pick a flower in any favourite colour.
And before we know it the colours change again. The purple heather in the wild gets a backdrop of fire, with red golden moors.
The Frosted Garden
As a last pale afterthought; the stubbornest lingering garden flowers after the first frosty night. Subtly bleached - like they have been sugarcoated.
Bright red berries - the essence of nature - captured as a bracelet. Red for the holidays.
Or any other tempting colour! See more:
When I went through my vintage stash some days ago, ten faceted pearlescent beads begged to be used!
Not for the first time, but they were too few for a bracelet.
Of course, alternating with other large beads would solve it, I'd tried already. Only, it was too obvious, very boring. But adding some smaller vintage beads with rose quarts beads between made the difference.
The string of creamy mother-of-pearl and the pale, pale rose quarts was embellished with a real little shell with a gold dipped edge. Not with a pearly pearl inside, but a heart-red little glass core for more life.
While attaching the shell I had flashes of a familiar image. An image similar to the characteristic of the bracelet; delicate, feminine, mother of pearly sea-shell, pastel-pale. I recognised the flash as the "Birth of Venus" - of course it was all very Botticelli-esque.
This, and more bracelets are recently added the "Thoughts on a String" collection.
For more holiday present ideas go look up "Thoughts on a String bracelets" and click on the PDF catalog for details and prices. Many of these bracelets are one of a kind, so I'm sorry, when gone, they're gone.
But the idea is there - serving as a nice inspiration for something similar. Maybe you have some old beads or a broken piece lying around? That's a good start.
Crystal Chain bracelets are elastic - with chains framing sparkling glass beads in hues of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Pleasant, pleasant! Mix and stack.
Crystal Chains are inspired by stained glass windows; windows that represent the essence I’m looking for in jewellery: an attractive display that creates a sentiment provoking after-image. Like church windows or the coloured windows below from Miami Airport. What a wonderful rainbow feel!
To wear all seven colours may be on the heavier side, but for another full sparkly rainbow around your wrist take a look at Rainbow Chains as well!
"Harmonic Convergence" installation by American sound architect Christopher Janney, at the Miami International Airport in Florida, USA.
"Harmonic Convergence' is an interactive sound and light installation, constructed within the pedestrian walkway of the Miami International Airport. The work combines light, colour, and sound as it leads passengers from a rental car terminal to the airport proper. Speakers installed at regular intervals along the walkway create a continuously changing 'sonic portrait' of South Florida as they play the sounds of tropical birds, thunderstorms, and other environments native to the region."
Lifted from Designboom, an inspiring design website I suscribe to.
About Swarovski® Crystal Pearls
"Crystal Pearls by Swarovski are made with a crystal core. Their unparalleled harmonious and lustrous shimmer is achieved using a unique coating technology developed by Swarovski. Their production method combines the quality of a perfect crystal core with the exquisite beauty of a pearl coating. The innovative technology by Swarovski gives the pearl a lusterous glow, which appears to be radiating from within the pearl itself. Strictest quality controls ensure each Crystal Pearl is absolutely flawless."
And they are. Flawless, I mean.
The Swarovski Crystal Pearls also come in a wonderfully large selection of colours, they have a nice weight and sheen, are a dream to work with and also exiting to receive. Even their packaging is delicate and well-designed.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening". Coo Chanel
Long strands of Coco Chains from Grey Pearl studio - with white, grey and pink Swarovski crystal pearls.
These pearls are fake but fabulous.
A log on the web
All creatives need to share and blogging is sharing, whether images or ideas. Right now, my newest activity is jewellery design - very image oriented. This fuels the urge to share both process and results, so a blog was added to Grey Pearl's website. This is a place for inspiring design from various fields; jewellery fashion, jewellery art, my own designs and other designers. Mostly images, a fact that causes reflections:
"I see, therefore I am"
The sampling of all things seen and liked - and posting it on social media seems to be our new way of confirming our existence. Maybe sharing images of what I make or see will confirm that I exist too?
I could need that sometimes...
Happy to notice, all of a sudden I find my good old mood boards to be in fashion. Once, I made detailed notes of all sorts of impressions. In those student years my world was entirely about images. Not so, for most people back then. Something that has shifted completely. Today everyone lives in a world of images, for better and worse.
However, images will be the focus on the blog. That, and a smile!
Shoes from Florence and TR textile designs from mid 80's, here for clothing.
As I recall it, (confirmed by my 30 year old sketch books), back in art school it used to be fashion that inspired most of my designs, that and a tiny dash of nature, perhaps.
With jewellery design I find myself reconnecting with the restless energy of the fashion world, the constant change and craving for what's new; which keeps you alert. I discover I'm still fascinated by the energy of the fashion world, all though no longer totally ruled by it. Maturity adds a healthy distance.
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