Wednesday, 30 June 2010

music necklace

music necklace, originally uploaded by effemera.

A new design necklace using Music,bone and wood beads with an ivory sliding bead that makes the length adjustable.I was aiming for the idea that the bone and the wood could represent the piano keyboard,I also used some jewellery findings as beads,the metal coil leather ends as this is supposed to give the idea of possibly piano strings? !!!

heraldic necklace

heraldic necklace, originally uploaded by effemera.

New necklace using a book on heraldry that a friend gave me.
I liked the idea that heraldry can be linked to family and heritage,if we value anything in our lives our family or at least mine is very high on my list of things to value,cherish and respect.
The other beads used are bone (not my ancestors!) and recycled metal as this reminded me of swords and knights which seemed to me to fit in with my theme.

Birmingham brooch

birmingham brooch, originally uploaded by effemera.

I am planning on making a set of these `Urban`Brooches,this one is of Birmingham,although a bit of Wolverhampton snuck in!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Manchester Brooch

Manchester Brooch, originally uploaded by effemera.

Manchester Brooch

Manchester Brooch, originally uploaded by effemera.

Manchester is where I was born, St Marys Hospital,Whitworth park on the A34,the plan was to exhibit and hopefully sell but i am not sure I can actually do it,probably will never find this map again as it was an old map .I love the place where I was born and dont visit nearly enough even though I only live about 15 miles away.It might be a grey brooch but Manchester is one of the most vibrant and colourful cities in the UK its veins run red rather like the road system on the map.
I live in dread of when maps will be photographic rather like paper versions of Google Earth,I shudder at the thought

Monday, 7 June 2010

old new blue

old new blue, originally uploaded by effemera.

I was asked recently if I made bridal jewellery which I dont specifically although paper is a wonderful material for the theme.
I thought this would be a good design challenge so I came up with this idea,based on `old, new, borrowed blue`.
I have used old,new and blue papers,the blue is a silk paper,it has wisps of silk running through it,the new is ivory coloured vellum and the old is recycled white tissue and old sewing patterns.I have capped the bottom off with reclaimed vintage buttons and the top with hand crocheted silver plated wire plus a bit of wispy white feather and threaded with an ivory satin ribbon.
Why eggs?....They symbolize rebirth,new begginings and of course fertility!
As for the borrowed part....... eggs are also linked with time and as we all know time is something all of us can only borrow.


eggs, originally uploaded by effemera.