Thursday, January 13, 2011
Anne, meet Catherine... She Came On The Scene After You Lost Your Head
The whole Medieval time travel thing actually began with a request for two pendants from my friend Sarah, a/k/a FaeryGothMother, who lives in Belgium. Sarah requested I find some Waterhouse images for two pendants she would like to have. She also wanted them embellished a little bit, and knowing Sarah's style and her flair for color and composition (she makes gorgeous jewelry herself!), I tried to envision some designs for her that would be edgy but romantic and old world, too. That's what got me started on the Medieval era and what led me to jump in the time machine and do some research on period costumes and jewels appropriate for the middle ages.
I can't wait for Sarah to see these. I found a collection digital images at Etsy which feature Henry VIII's poor, unfortunate wives, including the tragic Anne Boleyn, and I just had to have them. The rich crimson red in the images for Anne and Catherine Parr just spoke to me. It was also another chance to use my new favorite Swarovski crystal, the luscious, dramatic blood red Siam color... and how appropriate for the tragic Anne!
I also had another wild hair moment and spied this Berbier pendant, which I made a couple of months ago weeks ago for an Art Bead Scene Challenge. I ran out of time and didn't get a necklace made to enter, but I love the Art Deco/Art Nouveau shape of the pendant; and it was conveniently sitting on top of a piece of brass stamping and naturally, I picked it up and started playing with it. I LOVE the result, I must say. This might be my favorite so far.