The theme for this week’s EST challenge is Self Portrait. A difficult, but also wonderful theme chosen by this week’s host Dawn of LaTouchables. We could be as realistic or as abstract as we wished, we could even translate our love for our favourite materials or colours into our ‘selves’. In Dawn’s own words:
“You may interpret this any way you like, as abstract or realistic as you wish. For example, you could be your favorite stone, your favorite colours, your favorite materials, the things that are closest to your soul, what you think is the core of who you are…with a twist…make it really YOU!”
My starting point was my favourite materials, which are beads, and my favourite colours, black and green. I wanted something I would be happy to wear myself and which also portrayed a bit of the real me.
Lots of beads and some experiments later …
… a clear idea for a pendant and coordinating cuff started to form.
I wanted matte beads to form the basis of my set, because I am primarily a non-glitzy person, however I love contrasts and the occasional surprise so a few iridiscent Czech glass beads were included. I love high quality materials and the occasional touch of luxury, so an edging of small Swarovski crystals finished off the pendant and cuff.
The seemingly haphazard form of the pendant belies its precise nature and was worked in odd-count peyote, which is slightly trickier to work than even-count but gives the symmetry I was looking for.
At first glance the cuff is plain, almost austere, but look more closely and on the inside you will find a weave of softer, looser beadwork finished with a re-purposed flower bead from a bracelet I used to wear and love. This bead represents my love of antique objects, beautiful in my eyes not necessarily because they are perfect but full of character.
Visit Dawn’s blog to see all the entries from other team members.