Hello my glamourous people!
Michael's Stores Inc, arts and craft paradise, is celebrating jewelry month this October...I personally didn't know that October was a jewelry making month at Michael's...but anywayyyyy...I was commissioned by Create Your Style to create a design to be promoted through Michael's featuring Swarovski Elements of course and many other products that could be found at Michael's.
I selected products by their in house brand "Beadland" and of course Beadalon.
Michael's sent me a gift card for their products and CYS provided all crystals among the assortment carried by Michaels.
When my contact at Swarovski talked with me about it I had immediately in mind my inspirational source for the design and you can see below what was it.
Both images above belong to Bjork's latest album called "Biophylia" and I bought it because I was fascinated by the image of its cover. I am not a fan o Bjork's music although I think her music is fantastic it's very difficult to decipher - juts like a Sphinx's riddle. But you can tell that an artist like her gotta be re veered just by the fact that she's not doing pop but cult.
So, I wanted to translate not only the colors of it but most important of all the exquisite almost extraterrestrial vibe of it.
This photo is the inside cover of Bjork's album and I loved the dress by Iris Van Herper that was the inspiration for the twisted coil sections on my design.
I wanted to combine more than one technique onto a single piece so I had to create different sections separately to be assembled later on.
Stringing, wire wrapping, wire coiling, basic seedbeading and hole punching - besides that it's all about open and close ing jump rings...which sometimes can be a pain in the ***.
Above an overview of the piece.
On the picture above you can see my coiled sections that I surrealistically think represent Bjork's wild hair and form that hair snakes could appear suddenly juts making a connection between this alien character and the Greek mythological figure Medusa. Almost like if you would gaze directly to Bjork's photo you would turn onto stone.
My version features crystal AB star pendants instead of a snake head...lol
Above you can see the piece finished on a surreal model...it's a non-commercial piece and not to be taken too seriously.
I hope you guys like as much as I do.
Special thanks to Michael's, Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements and E.K.Success.
Photos from Bjork's latest album called Biophylia by Nonesuch Records.
Album photos by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Cover by MSM (Paris)
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Photos and design of 'Medusa' neckpiece by Fernando DaSilva