harvest- going for some simple stuff lately, I've often remarked to myself that what I make isn't really what I'd wear, because I don't wear over the top jewelry. So I've been working on some pieces that showcase the individual form of each element rather than telling a tale by combining many. It's good to branch out.
Geology - more simple showcasing. I find it hard to use chunky beads but these bracelets work well.
Signal - more simple! The combination of antique clay pipe stem, tribal bone and African Bauxite- it's like magic, these things that come from far corners of the world to sit together so well. Humans are so connected in what we make. These simple pieces have a strong geometric flavour (which I usually don't have) that's very popular right now, I've noticed alot of people doing it- but for most shops I come across it doesn't seem like a 'jumping on the band-wagon' thing, it's more like a 'collective unconscious' thing. We're all communicating with something.
Bounty- a peak at the kind of romance that's coming into my work lately, I've been feeling textiles again and you shall see more of them in the next update!
Allooshna - fish vertebrae bones from Africa, who knows how old as they came with a big batch of trade beads, some of which are turning out to be several hundred years old.
Secret, with a tiny antique key, a lovely little scrap of glass bead work and hand painted locket.
Whitethorn, using bauxite beads hand carved by villagers in Ghana, and a tin cone I made myself out of an antique tin lid. I like the combination of painted dots and shredded lace, alluding to a kind of Ancient romantic thing I'm feeling lately. Jane Austen goes Iron Age.