Every creative mind or artist is inspired and influenced by someone else’s design. For those of us that have that continual dialogue going on in our head, it’s a magical process, and sometimes an agonizing process. It never stops.
So here is how the Spanish neckpieces came about. I was waiting on some overdue textiles to arrive for my new (and not yet) torn and tattered linen scarves, so clearly the creative juices were flowing and I needed to implement them. It was time to add some new designs to the collection, not only for my clientele but for my own sanity. I recalled a necklace I had seen many years back by clothing designer, Brunello Cucinelli that was long and flowy with movement, but in glass. I desired something theatrical with a couture but raw elegance. I wondered if I could create something in a fiber and make it indigenous to the existing jewelry lines, both the woven glass and the medieval metal. It needed similar and cohesive elements, such as glass, metal, and texture. I came across a Spanish ombre cotton thread with flowing strands that I instantly fell in love with.
Every piece of art is an experiment in the beginning. With the neckpieces I had to research and dissect each element to get the visual just right. I always ask myself if I would gravitate to this design if I saw it in a boutique or gallery and the answer was an instant yes. I truly get excited about each new piece.
Each individual neckpiece is one of a kind, with different beads or stones, and each is individually named with a positive affirmation. I have discovered that they seem to speak their own message.