Monday, April 5, 2010

work in progress revealed

This is the necklace I have been sharing glimpses of. A piece I have made for myself, which was inspired by Nina Bagley, who is pure inspiration. A bit of sari silk ribbon, some linen ribbons that I made, adorned with copper, jade, carnelian, moonstone, serpentine and chalcedony.



 






The focal is the casing of an old pocket watch. I have replaced the missing glass with paper, ink and resin. I still need to finish up the resin work, but I wanted to share this today.

watchcase focal

While I love the sari ribbon, I really don't wear such bright colours. I love to wear linen, so I decided to make some ribbon to suit my personal style. I like them so much that I definitely will be incorporating these into some of my jewelry.
I also included two resin paddles featuring the words: "find" "balance". These were gifted to me by Mary Jane as part of a trade and I wanted to include them in a very personal piece.

find balance


Most of you will remember the first mended heart I created back in January. I will be keeping this one and have finished it with another handpainted linen ribbon.

mended heart

Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!

32 comments:

Barbara Lewis said...

Wow! What a great way for me to start my blog visiting on the first day of the week. This is gorgeous, Renate. I love the colors and the textures ... everything about it. I know you'll enjoy wearing it!

Silke said...

Oh, Renate, this makes me swoon! While these are all the colors I cannot wear, they always trigger such a feeling of earthy connection in me, of depth and calm. Simply stunning and I bet they'll look gorgeous on you!! What a gifted artist you are!! Much love, Silke

SummersStudio said...

Renate, the linen ribbon you made pulls these beautiful pieces together. I love the colours in the mix of in the first necklace and your mended heart is perfect with your linen ribbon.

Narrative jewelry said...

Lovely necklaces Ren ! The first one with the old watch, exactly your colours and a beautiful tribute to the great Nina Bagley.
Love the second one too with its simplicity.

Inge said...

Eine wunderschöne Kette - gefällt mir sehr. Und das Design - ungewöhnlich. Auch du bist eine Inspiration für andere. Liebe Grüße, Inge

Inge said...

Eine wunderschöne Kette - gefällt mir sehr. Und das Design - ungewöhnlich. Auch du bist eine Inspiration für andere. Liebe Grüße, Inge

TesoriTrovati said...

That is a stunning design. It has so much personal meaning, and the colors are so fresh. I am a bit shy of color too but that is my goal this year to shake things up in the color department. Beautiful work! Enjoy the day, Renate! Erin

Barry said...

Beautiful work, Renate. The ribbons and linen go very well together.

Lenna Young Andrews said...

Renate!!!
I truly love what you have been working on. The mixture of the soft linen and the hard metal -oooh! I think you have "found balance". Gosh, these pieces are incredible!
: ) lenna

mairedodd said...

gorgeous renate - your linen is beautiful... while it may be inspired by nina, it is decidedly yours... you internalized the aesthetic and it evolved and grew... we are influenced by so many beautiful things that we see, what matters is how it speaks to you.... and these speak loud and clear... i love the subtle color in your piece... so natural...

romantic decay said...

The ribbons you made are beautiful! The whole necklace is amazing.

Doreen said...

Beautiful, Renate! I love the ribbons!

sharon said...

Stunning Renate! I am speechless! These are perfect...I looove the fabrics!!

Riki Schumacher said...

Beautiful work Renate. Love them. The texture, the hand work, colors, all of it. I like the layered look of the piece, and it is so earthy, just lovely on both. Great eye candy for a Monday. Hugs, Riki

lunedreams said...

I love how you've combined the wire wrapped stand with the fabric strand, attaching them both to the focal. Really appealing juxtaposition of textures. Love your color scheme as well--strong colors but still soft, and so nice with the copper. Your pocket watch idea was a stroke of genius! I like the idea of taking what is usually considered a man's accessory and turning it into something so feminine. Makes me want to run home and make something with ribbon!

Beverly Herman said...

Renate these pieces of Art are gorgeous!

Stefanie said...

Gorgoeus, gorgoeus, gorgoeus. I love your linnen. Makes me want to try that myself although I love the vibrant colors of the recyceled saris. Nina Bagley is just awesome!

regards Stefanie

mermaiden said...

love the fibers combined with the metals. tactile deliciousness.

Silver Parrot said...

Beautiful job. These are both stunning!

SueBeads said...

Renate, I love both of them too! They are just fantastic!!!!!

Studio Sylvia said...

Hi Renate.
These necklaces are beautiful and so wonderful that you have kept them for yourself. I like the colours in both. I trust you had a lovely Easter. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a wonderful day. Cheers.

Createology said...

This newest necklace in very intriguing and really draws one in to view it closely. I really like what you have done. Happy creating...

SharonP said...

I love the creativity, colors, textures, and sentiment in your gorgeous necklace. Artwear should always convey the personality of the wearer, and this piece certainly does!

diane said...

I know what you mean Renate! I am a neutral, more subtle toned girl myself. But, I must tell you I love the sea foam green painted linen ribbon you used on your mended heart =)

Julie Pishny said...

Lovely work - and the best part is that you will enjoy wearing your new creation in celebration of Spring - yeah! xo Julie

pam ferrari said...

I love your new piece. Its beautiful!

lilylovekin said...

Renate, this piece is lovely lovely lovely. I like the use of linen, and understand about the bright colors of the Sari silk but the texture sure is nice. I'm glad you are keeping this for yourself it it too special to give away.

missficklemedia.com said...

I love everything about this!

Esther said...

beautiful!! beatiful and beautiful!! Marie-Antoinette wear it perfectly!! what a beautiful model!! hihihi!!
love the heart one too!! bravo !! you are a real stregata!!

cat said...

Beautiful pieces Renate!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

It's beautiful, Renate! I love those colors together. I admire Nina's jewelry as well. I'd love to someday own a piece.

The Gritty Bird said...

Oh How GORGEOUS! This is so lovely. Just wonderful work!