"Japan has a most exciting culture. There is a distinct division between past and future: ancient traditional values with their strong rituals, art forms and language on one side, versus the crazy dazzling fashion modernity, neon colors, and plastic kitsch on the other side.So, the above necklace is my answer to the challenge. Let me ask you, before I explain myself,
Pick ONE of these two styles to create a piece of jewelry that shows the important criteria needed to convey either the traditional or the modern Japan. OR: combine both styles into one piece accentuating the contrasts!"
1) Can you see any Japanese influence in this piece?
2) Do you see traditional Japan, or kitschy contemporary, like Hello Kitty and Anime?
3) What aspect of Japanese culture do you think my research and inspiration was taken from?
I would just love it if any of the ideas in those questions were discernable in the finished work, but they may not be. If your first impression of the piece, without knowing the title, had a sense of "Asian," without really knowing why, I'd feel wildly successful. Because, according to what I have read, Japanese architecture derives from Chinese and other Asian construction styles. So, here's my intention, laid out in words. Let's see if you got any of what I tried to do.
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Some of the temple roofs actually had spiked details at the roof corners, which REALLY appealed to me.
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I chose some "Purple Turquoise" pillow beads and a gorgeous 14 carat piece of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, whose softly curved edges reminded me of the shapes I liked in the roofs. I captured them in 24k dark gold delicas, to emphasize the bronze infusion in the Purple Turquoise. Then I used Bohemian hand-make spike beads to emulate the spiked details at the roof corners.
The detail is easier to see in the more nearly rectangular beads.
I chose an antique bronze filigree toggle and ring as a clasp, and finished the piece with a delicate drop from the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise center component. If this piece should be yours, please visit the listing for it in my Etsy shop here!
I struggled for a little while this fall with what to make. I decided the best thing to put in my Etsy shop are things I myself would want to wear. I'm kinda lusting after this piece, so, the idea produces things I like, but it's a little hard to part with them. :) But list I will, and here's a link if this piece should be yours! I'll take pleasure in knowing I have made something I'm proud of, and would be proud to sell, or wear myself.
To quote the Buddha himself:
"The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows."