Out of all the bold shades that are trending for this autumn, my favourites are the shades of orange and saffron that are too beautiful to pass up. Whether I’m whipping up a batch of Parisian macarons or set of enameled bangles, it seems like warm citrus tones just have a magnetic draw. It seems like the perfect color for mixing – it plays so well with mocha, pink, blue, and purple . . . is there a single color that isn’t set off by an accent of orange?
Top left to right : Orange Blossom Parisian Macarons with Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling; New for Fall – Enameled and Textile Necklace
Bottom left to right : Orange Blossom Water from Nielsen Massey; Mumford Wallpaper in Rust and Pearl from Thibaut; New for Fall – Teal Cape with Embellished Eternity Scarf from SecretGardenApparel.Etsy.com
Every Summer, I take a holiday at the beach. I love the natural beauty of the ocean, and all the creatures that call the tides pools, dunes and water-worn piers and jetties their home. Inspired by the amazing, organic textures gleaned from the shoreline, I’ve been hard at work on a new collection of enameled wearables for my other shop, LiaBowenStudio on Etsy.
Each of these Barnacle rings is made form either copper or fine silver metal clay, fired and then enameled to look like the real thing. A tiny white freshwater pearl completes each piece. Still to come: a naturalistic mussel shell, starfish and variety of lady crab.
I’m very excited about these bangles! Vincent Van Gogh has long been one of my favourite painters and I think that his style translates well into enamel. The saturated tones of his work and the extraordinary use of contrasting color and shape draws an immediate response from the viewer. There is an emotional content in Van Gogh’s work that resounds far beyond the subject matter. Who else could make a Cafe seem so charged with tension – or a night sky appear so hopeful and caressing and tranquil?
Van Gogh was actually considered a failure in his lifetime, and suffered from extreme anxiety and mental illness. He was very close with his brother, Theo, and though his letters, much insight into Vincent’s life was preserved. Vincent once explained that painting eased his anxiety and relieved his depression – and from looking at his later paintings, it is clear that Vincent was optimistic and concentrating on a healthy outlook. Many of his paintings from this time incorporated swirls – like the clouds in Starry Night.
It was only after his death that Van Gogh’s work became recognized as a foundation for modern art. His peers later described his work as “genius”, and when you peruse the list of most expensive paintings ever sold, Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” is in the top five.
The Starry Night bangles were made using watercolor enamels and crayon enamels. Both of these are applied like a person would use any other watercolor or pencil, but are fired into the surface just like a powdered enamel. The addition of rutilated quartz cabochons by stone cutter Greg Genovese, brings out the golden, glimmering effect of the 24 Karat gold foil stars.
The next set in the works is Monet’s Waterlilies . . . Do you have a favourite Impressionist that you would like to see in bangle-form? Please leave a comment with your suggestions!
Filed under Bangle, Enamel, Gold, Impressionist, Set, Spring Fashion, Starry Night, Stars, Summer, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh
These stackable rings are like bright little sugar-polished candies. They are all fabricated from sterling silver (.995), though a brushed copper ring (and accenting copper millgrains) have snuck into the mix.
Both of these sets will be hitng Etsy sometime next week, so check back soon! The rings are made to order (shipping within 1 week) or ready immediately for fingers sized “lucky” # 7 (or British size “O”).
>A bit of clever mimicry to wow your friends. This goregous moth is made to look exactly like a live Luna Moth (native to my part of Pennsylvania). It’s wings are delicately filled with plique-à-jour, making the spaces between each vein resemble a pane of glass. 24K gold foil embelishes the “eye spots” on each wing. This truly is a fantastic eye-catching piece, yet retains a feeling of simple elegance.
>Hopefully within the next week I’ll be uploading images of some jewel-toned, enameled bangles that were made of this ast weekend. They are gorgeous– especially when held in one hand, so that the different shades and shapes and textures can all hit your senses at once.
I am hopeful that my adornments will be found by the right audience– by people who aren’t to afraid of making a part of their personality known as it rests on their wrists, or neck or fingers.
In order to craft some fetching pieces for the rapidly approaching spring, I’m getting a whole new batch of enamel colors. I’ve picked out the lovely candy shades that we all want to see during this frigid time of year– and I can’t wait to see the finished products!
Thanks for visiting (if you are!) and wish me luck!
Pssst! Check out the store so far: Bullfinch and Barbury