Friday, 30 October 2009

The Sunlit Glade

Dramatically fairy tale-esque, The Sunlit Glade necklace brings to mind the lost Hansel and Gretel finding a moment of solace in the deep, dark forest.

The Sunlit Glade necklace features beautiful lemon and lime hued gems which have been painstakingly added to a carefully shaped, hammered, and wirewrapped frame. I used lemon quartz and step cut faceted prehnite briolettes in the main body of the pendant, with teensy sterling rounds enhancing the symmetry and pattern. The wirewrapped dangles feature coordinating prehnite briolettes, teensy citrine rondelles, and sweet carved fluorite leaves - but the unmistakeable focal is the massive 17mm flawless ring cut oro verde gemstone. (Also known as "green gold" - a particularly lime hue of lemon quartz). A substantial rolo chain then leads to a handforged "s" clasp, and a length of extension chain - which is finished with a plump champagne citrine teardrop. The design was then oxidised deeply, and lightly rubbed back to reveal the high drama, and gorgeous textures.

You can see more pictures of this design here in my Etsy store.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sven Geier

I've always been a little fascinated with fractal art. Sven Geier produces amazing works, and freely shares them here.






Yet another medium I would love to try!

Friday, 23 October 2009

New Designs

Some new designs in my Retro Whimsy line - inspired by, and created with vintage components.


More Retro Whimsy designs are being made, ready to be introduced into my Etsy store over weekend - stay tuned!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Wishlist Wednesday

Some things that have the Jacob stamp of approval - we received news today that he's been offered a place in the school we wanted him to attend!



All available on Etsy.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Calypso

Named for the ethereal Calypso, the beautiful sea nymph who diverted Odysseus from returning to his beloved Penelope for a staggering seven years.

Definitely my most ornate design to date, the Calypso necklace features gorgeous blues which have been painstakingly added to a carefully shaped, hammered, and wirewrapped frame. I used tanzanite rondelles, and iolite and kyanite briolettes in the main body of the pendant, with teensy sterling rounds enhancing the symmetry and pattern. The wirewrapped dangles feature coordinating iolite - but in a rondelle - and also sky blue topaz. A generous London blue topaz - etched for added drama - takes pride of place in the very centre. A substantial rolo chain then leads to a handforged "s" clasp, and a length of extension chain - which is ornamented with more iolite rondelles. The design was then oxidised deeply, and lightly rubbed back to reveal the high drama, and gorgeous textures.

The pendant measures a generous 9.5cm or 3.7" at the longest point, and a touch over 7cm or 2.7" across the widest point, while the necklace itself measures an adjustable 54 1/2 - 57 1/2cm or 21 1/2 - 22 1/2" in length.

A truly opulent piece, all gemstones used in the Calypso necklace are A-AAA, while all metal is sterling silver.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Henry Fuseli

Wonderfully dark images from Henry Fuseli (1741-1825). Possibly his most famous works are the Nightmare masterpieces (images 1 & 5) which have been interpreted over the years as themes as diverse as women's sexuality, death, and the awful feeling of dread one can experience in a nightmare.

Fuseli remained largely forgotten until the Expressionists and Surrealists rediscovered him.





Fuseli was quoted as saying, "One of the most unexplored regions of art are dreams", and these Nightmare artworks are said to have influenced both Edgar Allen Poe ("irrepressible tremor gradually pervaded my frame; and, at length, there sat upon my heart an incubus of utterly causeless alarm" - The Fall of the House of Usher) and Mary Shelley ("She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down, and her pale and distorted features half covered by hair." - Frankenstein).

I think his artwork is disturbing and evocative - just my cup of tea!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Dandelion Clock

Named for the glorious dandelion clocks that my kids and I like to play with, here in the Southern Hemisphere Spring.

Stunning concave AAA gem quality rock crystal quartz briolettes are the dazzling focals in these stunning earrings. You can see how they are faceted on both sides (see pic 4) for remarkable clarity and sparkle! These have been painstakingly wirewrapped, and swing from curved and hammered frames, along with citrine rondelles and lustrous white keishi pearls. Coordinating citrine rondelles link this component to ornate curliques of wire, also hammered. Sweeping handforged ear wires complete the design, which has been deeply oxidised and then rubbed back selectively.


Today feels like these earrings - gloriously mild and Spring-y. You might just catch me sipping a glass of rose out on the verandah soon.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

David Kassan

Today I'm featuring the work of David Kassan. Such painterly art, and incredible photo realism. But the vulnerability of his models, and the sense of melancholy is what draws you in. Wonderful.





You can see more of his work here.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Tim Burton

How I would love to visit the Tim Burton Retrospective at MOMA.



Seeing as that will be highly unlikely, I'll have to content myself with his fabulous new website.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Natalie Shau

I am so very taken by this amazing work by Natalie Shau. Fragile, precious, dark and moving.







You can see more of her images here.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Wishlist Wednesday

White dresses - not just for weddings.




All available on Etsy.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

October Competition

I am delighted to announce the debut of a new line - Pearls; With a Twist - in my Etsy store! I have used varying sizes and colours of south sea shell pearls, including silvery-grey, peacock black, soft champagne, coral pink, and creamy white. I have created a modern look with the classic pearl, and by using south sea pearls - which are actually made from mother of pearl shell - I have eliminated the need to be quite so fastidious in caring for them - as needs with freshwater pearls.




The final addition to my Pearls; With a Twist line - which I will be adding to in the future, are these dreamy white pearl earrings, with the softest pink lustre.

These lovelies are as yet unnamed. For your chance to win a set of pearl earrings of your choice - from my new line - please leave a name suggestion for this design, and check back on the 31st of October when I will choose a winner!

You can see some more pictures of the Mystery earrings here. Good luck!

One entry per person please!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Penelope Red

I was fortunate indeed to win this gorgeous cobalt scarf from the lovely PenelopeRed - simply by leaving a comment on her blog!

She requested a photo of me wearing it, so here's the best of a bad lot. (Incidentally, the top is from Ahpeele, who I have bought a number of wonderful tops from!)

Penelope has a gorgeous shop, I am really coveting this sensational Kimono

The image that first led me to her store was this elegant Fluted Skirt.

A beautiful shop from a very talented lady!