Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, thanks for stopping by the Caprilicious Blog. The next two weeks promise to be extremely busy with a lot of social activity, a short spell of creativity and a holiday tagged on to the end - I will need a quiet November to recover.
Last year I went to Polydays 2012, and learned a whole bunch of tricks with polymer clay - this year it is Polydays 2013 - but unfortunately this coincides with a holiday in Venice which cannot be moved to a more convenient time. Glutton for punishment that I am, I have arranged to go to Polydays for two days out of the three, drive back on Saturday night, and fly out early the next morning to Venice. As the course is pretty intensive and is sure to stretch my creative capabilities, I shall be quite exhausted - hopefully, I will have time to recover - most likely on the flight out to Venice!
I have been playing with clay for a few weeks now, and suddenly began to have wire withdrawal symptoms - my reels of wire were feeling quite neglected, and were crying out to be used. Just to keep them quiet, I decided to make a couple of pieces using my favourite techniques.
The Garden at Night
This is a painting called 'Titania Sleeps' by Frederick Cadogan Cowper, now in the Kapitan Museum in Tokyo. She looks so sensual in her beautiful art nouveau dress, lying in the dark woodland. I tried to pick up on the mood of this painting in this piece of jewellery.
The garden looks so different in autumn - all russets and golds replacing the flowers from summer - but still beautiful. The cold damp air first thing in the morning is delicious - but in just a few weeks, it will all be over - on a more prosaic note - time for some real hard work - cutting down all the dead stalks, raking the leaves, mulching the flower beds, putting in the spring bulbs and getting it all ready for 2014. Is it worth it, I hear you ask - and the answer is a resounding yes - I couldn't do without my garden.
Dance Until Dawn
That's about all I had time for this week - I will have tales of our exploits in one of the most romantic cities in the world the next time we catch up - until then au revoir - see 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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