Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
My sister often turns her nose up at my taste in clothes - I'm too gaudy for her liking, which runs to whites and pastels and quiet elegance. I too was brought up to be ladylike, quiet and retiring - a 'speak- when- spoken- to' kind of a person. Unfortunately, I outstripped my upbringing - or is that fortunately? - and have grown into my own skin and personality at long last - and I am happy to shout it out loud - I LOVE COLOUR - there, I've said it now in print, and there's no going back - sorry Mona, and mum!
I saw these displays in a store on holiday in Berlin - which one would you pick?? I really want to pick the pretty grey asymmetrically shaped set - it would fit what I was brought up to like - however, I know that I would almost certainly come home with the yellow and terracotta set.
In the same store I saw the most beautiful enamelled animal figurines made by Tom Hoffman - they are in a collection known as 'Tom's Drag' - the animals are highly coloured, with false eyelashes, diamante earrings - pretty, extremely kitsch, and very expensive - I took some pictures, but that's as much as I did - I have run out of display space for curios in my little house (and there is nothing but empty space in my wallet!). I have a link to Tom's website here if you want to look at some more.
I spotted these earrings made like tiny chandeliers in a little boutique - cute and quirky - and they even have tiny bulbs in them. A lot of Berlin is still being rebuilt, with cranes everywhere. The existing buildings, hastily rebuilt after 1945 to rehouse the folk, look uncannily like they belong in a suburb of Moscow. I wondered whether the colourful accessories I saw in the shops was a reaction to this general drabness all around.
The display in the window of the shop reputed to be 'Berlin's version of Harrods' was a combination of quirky and utilitarian - see what you make of this display of clothes and kitchenalia on the same models...
Two out of the three 'Dancing in the Dark' necklaces I made last week flew out of my hands to a new home - I have a few more tribal pendants, and will add to the collection of 'Tribal Bling' gradually. The lady who bought this one said she didn't care for the spikes, so I offered to remove them for her - in my book, the customer is always right and I love that she wants to wear what I have made. What do you think - which version do you like? The spikes, I thought, made the necklace different - I suppose I can use them in another piece.
I made no jewellery this week, but have some ideas for what I want to make next. Have a great week folks, and I will catch you next week, same time, same place
I'm Neena Shilvock, and I'm crazily addicted to jewellery. I've been designing and making quirky and interesting statement necklaces for the last five years and my passion hasn't cooled off one little bit - in fact it has got worse, such that I'm even dreaming jewellery.
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