(Peoria, Arizona USA)
Because I am a gatherer, and a collector of stuff, I always have something to start inventing with, be it jewelry, or other mixed media pieces.
The necklace Destiny and Desire, is from this collection. I gather elements that have pleasing color combination and I look for textures that balance each other. I like being inventive with items and colors that normally might not go together. Thanks to my mother who was and I am sure still is, my muse. She taught me to make something from almost nothing.
Years ago I taught some art classes in four cities in Japan. I taught and I gathered stuff at every stop. Among my stuff were silk cords and threads. I used one of these cords to make this necklace. The cord supports a silk flower that I made from a vintage thrift store dress, a cluster of tiny shapes from an old watercolor that had been incubating, just waiting to be used, handcrafted wire bundled paper beads, buttons, orphaned beads, sections of vintage chain, and a tassel that I made from the silk thread.
I loved the finished necklace, but thought it may not be an easy sell. Needless to say, it sold the very day I put it out. That is what usually happens when I work intuitively, allowing the learned elements of design to guide me. I love combining metals and color. I have customers that say, ” I bought this to wear with a brown outfit and found that it also goes great with my purple outfit and, you should see it with…… These are the greatest compliments I could wish for and these are the things that keep me creating.
You did great with putting this together. It is such a fun piece and the colors are fantastic.
Thank you Leigh for the lovely comment, it was a fun piece to make.
Great story, great necklace
I loved reading your story about your travels, collecting habits, and how you put together eclectic items…almost as much as I love your necklace. Thanks for sharing both.
Lynda, thank you for the sweet comment. At my age, I have lots of stories, especially in my 2D mixed media works.
This is an absolutely gorgeous piece!I can see why it sold right away!
Beautiful necklace. Love your mixture of colors and text!ure and your eye for design
Thanks and thanks
Thank you Irene for taking the time to leave such a nice comment.
And, thanks to the other person who also took the time to comment…wish I knew who you are…
You wrote something that popped off the page and struck a cord with me. It was: “That is what usually happens when I work intuitively, allowing the learned elements of design to guide me.” This happens to me but I could never quite put it into words. I love those moments. I just wish they were constant.
Your necklace is so amazing in balance, color and design. You are very talented. I’m also not surprised that it sold right away.
Have a great day.
by: Phil costa
Very nice to hear from you. I could see the creativity and the orginally youi put into your work.
Keep in touch and Happy New Year
Thank you Jennifer for the kudos, Yes, when we create intuitively it’s like we are zoned out for a period of time. We also have periods of “recharge”…when we gather inspirational ideas, then set them aside letting those ideas incubate so that we can start creating all over again.
Thank you Phil, for the kind words.
Good to hear from you and a Happy 2012 to you also.
Destiny and Design
What a nice story and jewelry is beautiful. No wonder it got sold so quickly.
Thank you Dita for the sweet comment.
A gift of Creativity.
by: Betty Johnson
Anything you do is a work of art!
You have such a gift.
You take nothing and make a beautiful piece of art.
I love everything you do.
Thank you Betty for visiting and for the kudos.
Miss you painting with me. Hugs.