Saturday, March 8, 2014

Collaged Cuff Talisman

Rising to a challenge by my friend Elizabeth, I am branching into jewelry. It is exciting to approach it with the intention of creating  tiny works of art as a power object - a talisman - to wear. So tapping into my bead hoard I made this piece, Garnet Cuff. The starting inspiration was a Merino Shibori scrap by my friend, Laverne Zabielski. 
©Kathleen O'Brien, Garnet Cuff, 1500 year old Roman garnet beads, vintage Italian, horn, mother of pearl, glass & metal filigre beads and fabric

©Kathleen O'Brien, Garnet Cuff, vintage button, vintage Italian, magenta horn, coral & hand made beads by Bonnie Blincoe

©Kathleen O'Brien, Garnet Cuff, front finished

©Kathleen O'Brien, Garnet Cuff, stitches inside on the Belgian linen

©Kathleen O'Brien, Garnet Cuff, laying out the design

©Kathleen O'Brien, Garnet Cuff, choosing beads and yarns

©Kathleen O'Brien, Garnet Cuff, stitching the fabrics together as a start


Helen said...

Kathleen, I love the whole thing! The textures, colours, that each item in your collage is imbued with a meaning of it's own, which in turn adds more layers to the talisman. It's beautiful.

Kathleen O'Brien said...

Helen, the fun part is figuring out the design, and what components to go with each other, then figuring out how to make it all work.