|Dawn's Early Light|
This month's theme was "Misty Winter's Dawn" and I found it very inspiring. I wondered if I'd feel like creating winter in the midst of my favorite season, but I got into it and loved it. The fact that acorns are falling like rain here helps! In Minnesota, that is always an indicator of an early winter fast approaching.
I began with Swarovski rivolis, in Light Sapphire, Rose, and Rose Champagne, and bezeled them in 24k blue gold Miyuki delicas. I wanted to make tiny stars of the rivoli's, and play down the sparkle factor while featuring the amazing blue gold bead bezels.
I also ran into a mathematical challenge. Since I wanted to feature a star shape in the center of each component, there could only be numbers of beads in each bezel that would be evenly divided twice by two. So, 24,12,6, the smallest stars, 32,16,8, the medium stars, and 40,20,10, the largest star. But I had purchased 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18mm rivolis. So, I had to cheat repeatedly with technical control of tension to make this work. Yeeks! Much of what you see here is structural netting. The rivoli's are only about half of the width of the component in each case. Here's a peek at the back, which gives a better sense of how where the rivoli stops and the structure begins.
I also wanted the piece to have an organic, natural quality. I found that in my stick pearl tassles. For me, the sticks look like newly bare branches, glistening in the dewy dawn.
This piece grew as it developed. I had created a piece with linked rivolis earlier this summer in a hex pattern, which was supple and flexible, and I loved the feel of it. I wanted to explore what other shapes would be stable as negative spaces. I found that each opening I created required structural support from its neighbors and that the strength and suppleness of the whole was very dependent on the ingtegrity of each connection. I want to explore this further in the future!
|Early assembly detail, which really emphasizes the negative spaces and connections, before I finished the star picots.|