I have been working on a new body of work that is inspired by my love of the 1920s and all things flapper. If I could chose any time period to go back to this would be it! To begin my research I recently watched 2 movies. They were both so inspiring and visually pleasing. The first was The Artist which takes place in Hollywood at the end of the 20s and early 30s. The second was Midnight in Paris which takes place in modern day paris with trips back to the roaring 20s.
In the 1920’s beaded and lace dresses offset the flappers boyish figures and short haircuts. Pearls were very common. Long strands of pearls (sometimes layered) were typical of the times. “Pearls mirrored the feelings of the women who wore them, jangling around freely while they danced the Charleston, evoking a lassiez-faire attitude with a dash of sexuality thrown in.” www.diamonddame.com
I love everything about this era. The clothing, the music, the art, the attitude, the atmosphere. I want to capture this in my jewellery.
For this new body of work I have been working with lace and pearls. I am still in the design phase but I have made up two pieces so far, a pair of simple lace hoop earrings and a lace and pearl bracelet. For the later, I had to re-learn how to string pearls. With the help of a few online tutorials like this one on Pearl Knotting Techniques I was able to re-teach myself. (And I was able to cross number 26 off my 30 Before 30 list.)
Below are pics of my new pieces. Next I am thinking a long layered pearl necklace…
…what do you think?