Thursday, May 16, 2013

I Dream of the Sea

I do dream of the sea... often. But in this post, I refer to my newly finished set of statement necklace, bracelet, and earrings. Several people have said it reminds them of something a mermaid might wear, hence the title.

"I Dream of the Sea"
The pieces came out spectacularly: full of texture, subtle color, and fluidity of design. I couldn't be happier with the final result.

The process was good for me, too, as it stretched my design limits. I originally planned to do a simple bead embroidered collar. MAYBE a pair of earrings to match. When I "finished" the embroidery on the collar, well, the beads were still out on the bead tray, and a good movie was streaming on Netflix, so I kept going. And going. Until I had 11 or 12 new, loose components made. As I finished each one, I laid it next to the collar so I could start the next.  When I looked down and saw what was happening to the collar layout, well, all I can say is "mind blown".

The next thing to do was decide just how over-the-top this piece would get. I played with the pieces like a puzzle, and came up with four viable possibilities.

As you can see by the photo at the top of this post, I went all-out with the bottom left design.



I love when a project becomes a lesson!  Next up: reworking some old necklaces to reflect my new design style. Stay tuned...

 copyright 2013 Shibori Girl


Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Wow Kate, that is just so beautiful! And I have to say, I noticed your post because I was on blogger, writing about my BOTB work, and your process is super familar to me. I just wrote about it, in fact! Playing with components is just a great layout stragegy, IMHO, and you surely achieve super results with that process. Congratulations my friend, on a job well done!

rochambeau said...

Hi Kate,
It is a JOY to see all of your gorgeous new jewelry! You are so talented!!
Hope you are very well!