Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, thanks for stopping by to spend some time with me today. I've been very busy with the day job this week, attending a Congress in Birmingham which meant getting up early and taking a train in, as it did not seem worth the effort to drive and have to look for parking in the City Centre each day. I also spent a day showcasing Caprilicious Jewellery in a Handmade Jewellery Group and received some very gratifying comments and sales.
The weekend was spent playing with clay, as usual, but this time I had an order to fill with specific colours and sizes. I usually make whatever I like with no other specification than what I feel like doing on that particular day. This time, although a lot of fun, it was a bit anxiety making - would I get the colours right? Would she like the pieces I made? I had never done this before and had no idea of the prices I ought to charge either, and in the end I decided to leave it to the lady. Well, to cut a long story short, she loved them when I sent her photographs, and we were both very happy. Of course, my over developed anxiety bone will not let me rest - I mailed the flowers out to her earlier on in the week and now I worry that they will get to her in one piece, that she will like them when she has them in person, and that they look well in her jewellery.
During one of my periodic trawls of the Web, I found a poem and enjoyed it so much I felt I ought to make a piece of jewellery to be named after it. I wrote to the poet, Dianne Regisford, and she asked to see the necklace. When I finally had it ready, I sent her pictures and she graciously agreed to let me use the poem from her website, and she very kindly sent me a couple of photographs of herself to use on this blog too. I was also requested to use her full title when I published the poem on the Caprilicious blog.
So, here then is Nomad Spirit, as interpreted by me in Beadwork and Soutache!
Blue and brown is not a combination I have ever played with before, but the iridescence of the ammonite fossil and the lustre of the pearls raised the game of the browns in this piece.
Gnawa music is a rich Moroccan repertoire combining ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing.
The Lila is is a rich ceremony of song, music, dance, costume, and incense that takes place over the course of an entire night, ending around dawn.
The ritual enables participants to enter a trance state, in which they may perform startling and sometimes spectacular dances.
It is by means of these dances that participants negotiate their relationships with djinns either placating them if they think they have been offended, or strengthening an existing relationship. The maâlem or Master Musician, by burning incense and playing musical instruments, calls the saints and supernatural entities to present themselves in order to take possession of the followers, who devote themselves to ecstatic dancing.
It all sounds like a load of fun and an all nighter with a difference - but it is a very serious matter for believers.
Often found attached to a fibula which is essentially a cloak fastener, is a Tagemout. This is an egg-shaped bead which ranges in size according to prosperity and is decorated with filigree and enamel. It is a symbol of fertility. Coins are usually attached to it, symbolising wealth and I attached Afghani coins that I had in my stash as this pendant bead came without them. Apart from the black agate beads and the colourful ceramic beads, I made the others from polymer clay. The faux beeswax amber beads were inlaid with wire 'repair' joins, and turquoise and coral clay and then distressed and antiqued to imitate real ones, and the lapis beads are polished to a high shine. A Tibetan chant burned into a piece of bone which came to me as a gift when I purchased beads from a vendor ages ago, and has sat in my collection waiting patiently for it's turn to be used, was dangled from a chain at the back of this necklace from a copper clasp I made myself from wire.
That's me for this week folks, I hope you have a fabulous week and I shall catch you next Friday, 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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