This is a quickie post for those of you who won’t be reading my workshop description (in which these pictures also appear). Among my favorite sources of color inspiration are embroidered clothing and tapestries from historic times. The above color combination was inspired by images in an exceptionally beautiful book titled “Silken Threads: A History of Embroidery in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam” by Young Yang Chung. The book is worth buying for eye candy alone but the text is interesting and extremely readable as well.
This is the main image I used as a color reference. I didn’t intend it, but somehow elements of the stitchery crept into my cane design as well. I do sometimes incorporate the designs from embroidered work into my canes because the simplified imagery is readily translatable into cane components. In this case, however, it was unintentional.
Below, you can see some of the different pendant veneers I made from the cane. The image is a scan of the actual clay veneers before I applied them to pre-formed pendant cores.
When I made the necklace at the top and bottom of this post I purposely chose cording that looked somewhat ancient and interspersed large knots between the beads in an effort to achieve an ancient Asian look. The back side of the necklace is shown below.
I just came across this image of earrings and decided to add it at the end of this post.