Sunday, April 27, 2008
Phantom Quartz - Victorian
I had two false starts on the necklace for this piece & managed to chew up about 10 hours of work time before I finally arrived at this design. It's embellished RAW stitch, worked over braided leather in Toho size 11s & 15s. The stone is 40 x 28 x20mm - Clear quartz crystal with inclusions from volcanic mud. I've never seen another like it.
Both designs started me thinking about how, although I love gorgeous, over-the-top necklaces with embroidery and fringe, my practical streak insists on asking, "Where would you wear that?" and "What would you wear it with?" I love to make jewelry that works with a suit, or a simple black top. Some of my wildest designs (the bright embroidered cuffs) I wear with jeans and a black top. I think we gravitate one way or the other with wearable art - some of us are more interested in the "art" side and some of us concentrate on "wearable". With these two, my focus has been on "wearable."