I love to collect stuff. I love to collect all sorts of bits and pieces. I have boxes and bags and crates full of it – all labelled by the way, so I know where it goes!! I’ve been given lots of treasures over the years and you know, I remember every piece and where it came from. I’ve actually been using lots of these treasures in a large piece I’ve been working on for a National Contemporary Art Jewellery Prize here in Australia but while I’ve had everything out, I thought I would play around and just see where exploration took me.
I grabbed all sorts of bits and pieces – ocean inspired of course – and popped them on the table/floor/bench in the studio and went through them all.
I then decided to create a rustic style necklace (Shaman inspired) so chose a felted cord I had half created about 5 years ago and wrapped it with some fabric I had dyed…gosh about 8 years ago). I used wire to secure it all in place (recycled copper wire stripped from electrical cables). I chose a large feature button which I was so generously given by Lisa Lambright and Mary when I was in Denver last year (awesome button) and used this as a feature clasp. Some of the dyed fabric made a great loop.
Next came working out what to put on my necklace from my stash of goodies. I played around quite a bit actually. I dyed the fish scales but they didn’t quite match the colour. I ended up choosing all the sea urchin spines, cleaned them up and drilled a hole through them. These were then wired onto the main frame with a beautiful driftwood piece as the feature component. I then finished with some shells I collected especially because of the holes.
And this is the finished piece. It will probably never get worn but I’m getting a nice collection of “ocean inspired” statement pieces together which I just love. I hope you like this one too.
Until next time, happy creating you guys.