Friday, April 22, 2011

Here's to Now

Today my husband and I watched an amazing documentary180° SOUTH

"Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats."
                                          ~ Netflix

One of the films most beautiful parts was background music by Ugly Casanova. Thinking about getting the soundtrack. Meanwhile, I hope you'd enjoy this song as much as I did :-)


Monday, April 18, 2011

Peacocks and Paisley

I have been going through some "Blast from the Past" pictures recently and came across this picture of a peacock. I took in during one of many trips I made with my friend while I lived in Germany.

Schwetzingen, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany

 We went to the Schwetzingen Castle and after cruising for some time amidst the luscious English style gardens, we took a peek at the backyard. Aren't the most fascinating things happening there? We saw two gorgeous peacocks. I have no idea what business they had roaming around in the autumnal cold, but I was lucky enough to capture one of them on film. I'm sure you know the familiar paisley-eye pattern, which this picture reminded me of.

Ivan Ellis has graciously allowed me to use this gorgeous photo.

So much creative inspiration could be drawn from the peacock image, but I decided to focus on the form this time, rather than color. I made these peacock earrings from oxidized sterling silver and 14K gold-filled wire. Hours of experimentation and meticulous work and here are the results. I hope you like them!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

LACE earrings

Here is a new design - Lace earrings!

 Lace, to my mind, is a web made of dreams. We all have dreams and different ways to materialize them. You know how a psychiatrist can tell a lot about your inner machine by just looking at a drawing. So does a handmade lace tell about it's creator. There are no rules. The fingers just move rhythmically to the tune of your soul.

These gorgeous chandelier earrings are ethereal. They aren't heavy, but have a weight of quality. They also dance to their own tune. The combination of opaque pink opal, semi-translucent rose quartz and the subtle shine of freshwater pearls is magical! 

Loops of silver look like eyelets suspended in the air. I oxidized sterling silver to the gunmetal shade, because there's nothing more gorgeous and classy than the marriage of gunmetal and pink.

~ whyzee ~
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