The UK Blog Team at Artisan Whimsy issued a challenge - the UK Inspiration Challenge - and I couldn't resist. The challenge was to create a piece of jewelry inspired by the hometown of one of the team members. I chose Southampton, the home of Jo Tinley of Daisy Chain Designs. You might remember her from the bangle challenge I participated in a few months ago (read about that here if you missed it).
Jo had this to say about Southampton: Southampton is a maritime town, and the port from which the Titanic sailed on 10th April 1912. Most of the crew came from Southampton and when the ship sank 5 days over 500 households in the city lost at least one family member. We are also home of the Spitfire - one of the heroes of WWII!
I did some research and found some other inspiration. I found a Knot Garden! I'd never heard of a Knot Garden, but it seemed somehow right up my alley.
I'd recently done several pieces using a Celtic knot focal piece, so I decided against making another, but here's a peek at the ones I did:
Southampton also has lots of waterfront, which always inspires me, but I decided I'd done that too recently, too. So I went back to what Jo told us and decided to focus on the Titanic. The grand scale of it and the rich and famous people aboard fascinate me. I can imagine the band playing in the background as men in tuxedos dine with ladies dressed in their finest. Silk and satin gowns, jewels and glitter. With those thoughts, I made this bracelet:
I used a sparkly crystal as a centerpiece and surrounded it with glass beads in all different shades of blue. I knotted the piece in deep navy blue cord and sprinkled sparkly crystals throughout. Can't you picture this on the wrist of one of those elegant ladies?