November 4, 2012

A Very British Challenge


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?
 

17 comments:

  1. Hi Sherry,
    Your work is always beautiful, but this time the cuff you made to represent the Titanic is gorgeous!
    Therese

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  2. This is truly beautiful and it has all the elements of the ship, the ocean, and I see the little gardens as well.

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  3. Oh, yes, I can totally see this on a Titanic passenger! Great job!

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  4. Sherry - This is a beautiful piece. The blue reminds me one of the dresses Kate Winslet wears at the beginning of the movie, but the sparkle matched the elegant maroon beaded dress she wore. Yet some how it looks as though it was made to go with the Heart of the Sea necklace. Beautiful work.

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  5. Sherry, that bracelet is a perfect tribute to the grandness of the Titanic. Like Stacy, it reminds me of something Kate Winslet would have worn in the movie. I would not be surprised at all to see this adorning any one of the fancy pants aboard that ship. Great, great job. This piece has it all. (Can I have it?)

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  6. Perfect! You always interpret themes to perfection.

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  7. Perfect design for the Titanic! It does bring you back to Edwardian times.

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  8. I love your work, and this piece is gorgeous ... as are your knot ones!!

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  9. This is lovely! I can picture someone wearing that bracelet with an elegant dress at the Captains table!

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  10. I think that your Celtic knots and your colors represent Southampton well! Do you have a good resource you can recommend for learning how to do those knots?

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  11. Well, I'm partial to the celtic knots you've done and would just as well stay away from the Titanic, but you done good with elegance, too. (They could've used your help with the construction of the Titanic....)

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  12. Just Fabulous...wish I could knot like that...you are so talented!

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  13. Sherri, that is so beautiful! And just perfect for a ball on the Titanic! As always I am in awe of your wonderfully neat macramé. Thank you for taking part in our challenge, and especially for choosing my home city!

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  14. Fabulous design Sherri as always - so opulent and fitting to the grandeur of the Titanic. Thanks for joining us in this challenge.

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  15. This is amazing! Beautiful design Sherri.

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  16. I can't even imagine how you could finish a piece like this in the time we had! All your bracelets here are beautiful and amazing, as always!

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