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ABS Challenge Update – September

on October 10, 2012

September Monthly Challenge 2012

Flora by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1588
Oil on wood, 73 x 56 cm
Private collection, Paris, France

About the Art
Flora is one of Arcimboldo’s most famous paintings.  Although his work was forgotten after his death, over the last 100 years it has grown in popularity to be included in many contemporary forms. This particular painting was used as the 2009 cover for the album “Bonfires on the Heath” by the English pop band The Clientele.

This was Art Bead Scene’s September Challenge – to create a piece of jewllery reflecting the painting and using an art bead(s).  I wasn’t overly keen on the painting but grew to like it more as I worked out what jewellery to make.   I used metallic mesh to create the texture in the paintings in a necklace and bracelet, my efforts can be seen below with a bit of background on the artbeads and design.

Crossed Wires - SEP ABS

Crossed Wires Necklace – An exploration with metallic mesh to represent the ethereal quality in Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Flora. Large lampwork beads by Judith Johnston (www.judith-johnson.com), smaller clear lampwork beads by Pure Glass Beads (www.pureglassbeads.co.uk)

Autumn Flowers bracelet

The small glass flower beads are encased in metallic mesh to represent the flowery and lacy texture in much of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Flora. The lampwork beads are by Judith Johnston (www.judith-johnston.com) These beads were bought from her Etsy site and not made (as far as I know) with the picture in mind. To me they seemed to really echo all elements of the picture and were the starting point in designing the bracelet. Other beads are a mixture of glass and lucite. To complete the flower theme a poppy clasp made by Jo Tinley at Daisychain Jewellery (www.daisychainjewellery.co.uk) was used.

Happy Autumn, wrap up warm.

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