Saturday, 27 February 2010

Rachel Freire

This avant garde fashion label is oh-so-dramatic! Amazingly, London based Rachel Freire has never studied fashion, but has a background in fine arts.

"Her influences stem from her love of historical costume combined with futuristic imagery."

You can see more here.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

My newest purchase

In January, I finally got paid for some big deliveries that I completed for a local business (for Christmas no less!) and decided to spoil myself a little. I bought this completely amazing book - The Art of Tim Burton.

The shipping was ridiculous, but the quality of the book, illustrations and accompanying text is AMAZING! It's available here if you are after your own copy. (Make sure you are seated if you are from Australia, and enquiring about postage).

Monday, 22 February 2010

Year of Jewelry 2010 - Week 5 - Pick a rock, any rock

Again, hideously late, I decided to use some gorgeous heliodor to make a sweet little bumblebee for Week 5's challenge.

This delightful little bee features a plump faceted pyrite briolette for his head, and a golden yellow heliodor briolette for his abdomen. A cluster of faceted black spinel rondelles form his dainty thorax. All these components have been carefully secured to a hand formed and hammered sterling silver wire frame, and the resulting pendant has then been suspended from textured chain. Finished with a hand forged clasp, and a length of extension chain - which is adorned with an additional heliodor briolette, and black spinel rondelles - the entire design has been heavily oxidised, and selectively rubbed back.

You can see more pictures of this little fellow here.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Year of Jewelry 2010 - Week 4 - What's My Story?

I'm already behind with the Year of Jewelry challenges (and in fact skipped week 3, as it was men's jewellery, which I get very flustered and stressed about creating!), but have had this idea in the back of my mind for quite some time, so was thrilled to complete it.

"Le déjeuner sur l'herbe" or "Luncheon on the Grass" was a pivotal painting by Édouard Manet. Shown in an exhibition of works rejected by the jury of the official Paris Salon, it created uproar by showing a naked woman casually seated with two fully clad men. The nude in the foreground was also brazenly staring back at the viewer, almost inviting comment. The title too, was open to debate - was the picnic or the beautiful woman the luncheon? In every way this painting defied tradition - the risque subject matter, the way the background was painted, the shocking nude.

Inspired by this incredible artwork, the Le déjeuner sur l'herbe necklace features a stunning gem-studded centrepiece, which falls from a hammered tendril of carefully shaped sterling wire. Comprising of glowing prehnite carved leaves, dainty faceted opal briolettes, black spinel, mystic quartz and peacock green freshwater pearls. Between the column of gems and the hardforged component sits a ribbed bead of rare pre-ban angel skin coral. To either side of the central focal, the necklace is made up of coordinating freshwater pearls and black spinel, terminating in a handforged clasp and extension chain. The entire design was oxidised heavily, and selectively rubbed back to reveal the gorgeous textures of this special piece.

This measures an adjustable 45 - 53 cm or 17 3/4 - 21" approximately, while the central component drops a further 8cm or 3.1" (from the tip of the hammered tendril, to the base of the lowermost prehnite leaf briolette).

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Aurel Schmidt

I found this series of images on The Fashion Spot, and then had to search the web to find more!

I found a great interview here. It also features more of her incredible work.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Aus Eco Art: Cardamatis and Sard

I came across this amazing site in a magazine. These beautiful artworks are created from Australia's unique seed pods and casings. These form elaborate, textural, and sculptural designs which are both environmentally friendly and contemporary.

More gorgeous artworks for me to lust after!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Front Page

I've been extremely fortunate to have my London Fog bracelet featured twice recently on the Front Page of Etsy!

The first selection was picked by Etsy Admin in honour of Australia Day - thank you!

The second grouping was a delicious selection of plums and teals - curated by the lovely julieblanchette - thank you!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Gustave Moreau

I'm currently reading a book on Classical, Norse and Celtic Mythology, and am so inspired! As a wonderful bonus, the myths are accompanied by some incredible illustrations and paintings.

The following artworks are all by Gustave Moreau - his subject matter was largely based on Classical Mythology or Biblical references. The top image was the one that fascinated me - it depicts Zeus and Semele (but named "Jupiter and Semele" - Jupiter being the Roman name for Zeus). Semele, encouraged by Hera - Zeus's wife - persuades Zeus to reveal himself in all his splendour. When he appears before her as the radiant god of thunder and lightning, Semele is consumed by flames.

Hesiod and the Muse

The Song of Songs