Spain, is one of my favorite places. It has a vibrancy of forms
-- architectural, fashion, food, art -- tempered by earthy color
palettes, a sense of basics, and a sensible use of local materials.
has a timeless, Mediterranean feel, with a strong emphasis on
topaz's, brown's, rust's, yellow's, and turquoise's. Much of it
is constructed as a mix of crochet stitches and bead strung techniques.
There is a peculiar overlapping of string with string and string
with bead -- something an American would think was a technical
There is a
great use of Indian glass and Indian waxed cotton, with their
slight irregularities and off-tone and lustered colors. The necklace
forms either hug the neck, or droop tight, narrow and low. The
earrings are long, and many include the crochet stitchery and
integrated beads, as well.
In my BARCELONA
SENSATIONS COLLECTION, I've incorporated the vernacular of local
Barcelona jewelry artists. This includes the brown toned and hued
color palette, with accents of turquoise, montana blue, colorado
topaz, amethyst-violet -- a "mountain-meets-Mediterranean-and-Sky"
In each piece,
I've mixed both bead strung as well as bead woven elements, though
not necessarily crochet stitchery. I've tried to capture the "overlapping"
tendencies of the stringing materials and the bead work.
I use mostly
Czech glass and Austrian crystal, rather than the Indian glass,
because these are more durable and have more shape/size/color
variations and nuance. But in establishing "patterns"
and "forms" in my piece, I try to mimic the irregularities
found in the Indian glass.
I also rely
on different stringing materials which are more durable and functional,
than waxed cotton.
profile" in these pieces is what I like to think of as hugging
the neck and body-form, and strongly emphasizing a narrowness,
tightness, and elongation. Picture a thin woman in a Picasso painting,
with the line of jewelry running along the boundary separating
front and side perspectives from head to toe as illustrated by
this jewelry profile is reinforced with an odd placement of simple
dangles -- pieces of chain, lengths of waxed cotton, a dangling
piece of shell. From the American fashion sensibility, these dangles
can be a bit off-putting. Sometimes I use this technique, but
often, the dangles seem out of place.