Fine Art is an inspiration for my jewelry designs
love to attend museums and study the contemporary paintings for color and inspiration. Every December in Miami, Florida, there is a week long show, Art Basel Miami, that attract art lovers from around the World. Art Basel Miami is the highlight of my year, spending 3-5 days soaking up this wonderful creative energy. I always purchase the show catalog with information, so I will be able to use this book, long after the show.
After attending Art Basel a few years back, I decided to match my designs with contemporary fine art. My inspiration for a necklace would come from the the combination of colors and designs of the installation. When selling a piece of my jewelry that was inspired by a fine art creation, I would include information and a photo about the creative process that led to my art jewelry design.
Actually, this was not the first time that I saw art combined with other designs to create an inspiring combo. I starting my hand-knotted jewelry business in the year 2000. I was living in Farmington, Ct. where I taught myself how to hand-knot pearls. The prestigious, Farmington Valley Art Center in Avon, Ct was the first place that wanted my jewelry for their gallery.
While living in Farmington, I had the pleasure of attending the Fine Art and Flower show at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Ct. The Wadsworth is the oldest private museum in the United States. This fine art show has been taking place in Hartford for around for at least 35 years. I was always amazed and impressed with the way they would select paintings and combine the individual designs with an impressive floral display. This idea was behind my work with paintings and art jewelry.
The painting below, called Passion by a Canadian contemporary artist, was my inspiration for the amethyst, hot pink jade necklace (also below) that was sold to another Canadian designer that commissioned the piece of art for her home in Calgary. I found this particular painting on the internet while searching for contemporary designs. My necklace was found by Beadstyle magazine and was on the cover of the May 2016 issue. The magazine also did a 3 piece spread with the story. The issue can be purchase on line from Beadstyle.
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