Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Howdy folks,how are you this fine and sunny day. It's been a glorious summer this year, with more to come in the UK and I am so happy. You can feel the elevation of your mood when the sun shines all day long, we are able to take off our customary swaddling layers and wear clothes that we only normally get to wear on holidays abroad.
I've enjoyed the week so much that my creative juices were running and consequently my output was pretty high. The Mitchell Art Gallery from Warwick where I used to place my jewellery contacted me with a proposal to exhibit some pieces at a show in November, and they wanted a few pieces to photograph. I'm of course the classic 'I don't have anything to wear' type of woman, and so I had to make new pieces to show the management of the Gallery at the end of July and I started a small collection of statement jewellery.
The theme for this week was all about tactile texture - texture and pattern are intricately intertwined, for instance a brick wall has a distinct pattern which can also be felt when touched. We react to textures in our psyche, which allows us to mentally feel things without ever actually touching them.
The Oil Slick Necklace Mark 2
The beautiful druzy beads, coated with a vapour of gold and titanium, with Kenyan lost wax cast beads and a smooth moss agate clasp make up this fabulously tactile necklace. Mark one now lives in Scotland with a lady who fell in love with it almost as soon as I put it on the website a few months ago.
Cool ceramic black beads I found in a shop in India, with brushed silver plated copper beads and a smooth black agate clasp - this one sits close to the neck like a cravat and will do well in the neckline of a shirt, among other ways to wear it.
The pendant is made of sterling silver set with magnetite and pyrite. Magnetite is called the lodestone, due to it's being weakly magnetic and a seam of pyrite runs through the main stone. Another dagger shaped piece of magnetite descends into the decollete' and has a subtle texture to it. Faceted pyrite beads in round and teardrop shapes carry the pendant, echoing the pyrite in the main stone.
So that's my week, then folks. Actually it's been a hard week at work and I've needed distraction therapy to keep me going. Perhaps that's why I found myself making so many pieces, or maybe it was the thought of the photographs for the exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery? Whatever it was, the week was very productive and a lot of fun.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful, sunny week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place,