…using lots of organic components is quite strange for me, but I’ve had these designs in my head for a long time now. I’ve gathered together the ingredients – spools of deerskin leather, rough gemstones, gold plated organic elements and I started putting it all together the other night.
As much as I love working with elements that have a history and provenance, I also like to work with components that can, at best, be described as organic. I’ve not left my historical heritage behind – I just incorporated them into these new designs. Such as the lovely dense black Whitby jet bead in the braided leather necklace. The jet bead is from the 1800s and probably adorned the bosom of a matronly Victorian widow. I added a gold plated feather, a leather tassel I made myself, and various gemstones and voila! The Talisman Necklace.
I made this other design in honour of snow and ice. It is called ‘The Ice Queen Cometh’, mainly because I couldn’t think of another name.
And a little leather bracelet using antique fob charm and a French medal from 1855.