First Four Images: I was approached by a client who asked me to create a piece inspired by their favourite poem. The initial stages of my research included taking direction from the poem itself, paying particular attention to words such as "silver", "softly" and "dreams". The colours are the result of blue being associated with mindfullness and peace, with 'starburst'-like embellishments representing the random firing of brain neurones during the fleeting thoughts of dreams. I felt that the contrast between the "poor" character in the poem and the rich language used in the writing leant themselves well to the idea of an "enwrought" (literally meaning "made from fabric"), heavily embellished piece.
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Second Five Images: I was asked to create a jewellery piece based on the ocean and biological metamorphisis. Using fresh water pearls and cowrie shells to reference the water inspiration and linear bugle beads to visually describe the movement of the waves and clusters of beads to represent the circular growth of biological forms such as moss, lichen and molluscs.