Brit Pack Beaders – Challenge 3 Reveal

Oil on canvas, dated 1870, 109.2 x 90.5cm, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections

Welcome to another Brit Pack Beader’s design challenge reveal which, as you may recall required us to create jewellery inspired by this painting chosen by Bo Hulley. The painting depicts Jane Morris, the wife of William Morris posed as
Mariana from Shakespeare’s ‘Measure For Measure’ a women deserted by her
betrothed (click link on picture for more information).

And this is what we had to work with in addition to items from our own bead stashes…

The thing that struck me about this painting is how dominant the  rich and
sumptuous textiles are in the composition and I wanted to try an evoke something of this in my design. I decided on a necklace using the focal bead and started with one of Diane Turton’s ‘Raggy Ribbons’ which matched perfectly with the deep brick reds. The ribbon is quite wide and when threaded through a heavy Vintaj chain it gave a lovely shaggy effect.

 I wired the focal and then created a chain with the bronze rings I contributed to the challenge (plus some extras since I was fortunate enough to have some!) and more of the Vintaj chain. I added a length of finer chain to the focal and hung the bronze charm from this. At this point it became a question of how much more I embellished the necklace. I wanted to keep the symmetry so I couldn’t work the clasp in other than at the back which seemed a waste so I used a simple hook with another of the bronze rings. I did play around with more dangles to the front but I’m a ‘less is more’ kind of person so in the end I settled for just two blue drops to highlight the focal. It does have something of a chain of office about it but I think I like it none-the-less…see what you think.

So then – how to use the clasp…? I decided this would work well in a bracelet with some of my favourite rustic pearls which bring to mind the lovely soft skin tones of the painting. I used Rebecca’s blue waxed linen to string the pearls and interspersed them with tiny faceted red beads and the lovely gold lampwork beads Jo included with her accent beads. To counterbalance the clasp I also added a gorgeous lampwork bead by Helen Chalmers in the same blue with dots of cream and brick red. I finished the piece with two little red glass beads and one of my blue bronze hearts – she has just been jilted after all. I do really like this – I don’t think I would normally have thought to put these colours together and simple as it is I think it works well.

So now you’ve seen how ‘Mariana’ inspired me I hope you’ll pop over to the other blogs and see what the rest of the team created…

See you for the next challenge at the end of the year.

Lesley


Brit Pack Beaders – We’re Back…!

Well actually we’ve been here all the time but everyone on the team has been so busy this year that it’s taken us until now to all be able to take on our next challenge – where did the last 6 months go that’s what I want to know!

If you’re new to the BPB’s you can find out more by visiting the page tabbed at the top of this post but the basic premise is
that we are a group of 5 jewellery and component designers (Claire Braunbarth, Jo Tinley, Rebecca Anderson, Bo Hulley and myself) who take on Bi-monthly jewellery Challenges. For each
challenge, one person will choose a theme based on anything they like –
could be music, literature, film, visual images anything at all that
inspires that person. Each person is then allocated one of five design
items – clasps, focal beads, accent beads, decorative embellishments and
stringing material, and must send each pack member one of those that has some relevance to the
theme. Ultimately, everyone will all end up with a
design kit put together by five people with which to create a piece of
jewellery inspired by the theme.



For this challenge it was Bo’s turn to decide on the theme and she chose this painting by
Dante Gabrielle Rosetti…

Oil on canvas, dated 1870, 109.2 x 90.5cm, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections

The painting depicts Jane Morris, the wife of William Morris posed as Mariana from Shakespeare’s ‘Measure For Measure’ a women deserted by her betrothed (click link on picture for more information). It’s a rich and sumptuous painting and the team has once again put together some wonderful components for the challenge…

Along with choosing the theme Bo was responsible for providing the clasp and sent me this lovely floral button clasp…

Focals were down to Claire and she commission Pippa Chandler to make these lovely Polymer Clay flower beads which perfectly match the key colours of the painting…

Jo has supplied a lovely selection of lampwork and Czech glass accent beads which again pick up the rich tones but also add some balance with some lovely neutrals…

String materials were down to Rebecca and she sent me this gorgeous silk string in graduated shades of peachy pink and some dark blue waxed linen…

My job for this task was to provide embellishments so I made some little bronze links and charms influenced by some of the motifs in the painting – Mariana’s hair decoration, the tapestry…and the tiny heart is perhaps a little nod to the heart break of her desertion.


 

I think you’ll agree this really is a lovely collection of components to work with…

If you’d like to see how we all do with this challenge then join us back here on Wednesday 31st July when we’ll be revealing our finished designs. You can also check out what the rest of the team think of the challenge by visiting their latest blog and Facebook posts…
See you back here n the 31st.
Lesley