February 13, 2015

Beading Inspiration: Harlequin Diamond Bead Pendant Pattern

Where did that come from?

Very often as I am making a piece of jewelry, I think to myself - where the heck did I come up with that?  It isn't all that often that I come up with a plan and stick to it, but it does happen.

And when it does, I want you to know about it!

Well, yes and no.  I was inspired this week by a master of art and design and I thought I would share.

My harlequin diamond pendant - although it is simple and could have come from the inner workings of my brain - came from a book that I received as a present (from myself) for Christmas.

Charleston anyone?


Honestly, I can't even pretend that I can give you a history or even a well thought out analysis of Erte's contribution to art deco, fashion, illustration and jewelry making.  (Heck, I can't even figure out how to get an accent on the second e to spell his name correctly!)

I can just tell you I love this book. Erté: Art Deco Master of Graphic Art & Illustration is an amazing collection of his art - and the minute I saw it - I knew it would inspire my jewelry making.

I love the flow and curve of the graceful lines, the detailed patterns evident in every shape and form - the combination of subtlety and contrast of colors - and lest we forget, the depiction of an era of fashion that seems almost mythical in today's world.

The harlequin pendant diamond shape and bead pattern was inspired by the back of the robe in the print The Balcony.  I had to see if I could translate it into beads.  And while I know there's still a big difference between Erte's version and my own - remember it is meant to be inspiration, not imitation, so it will work for now.

I may try and tweak the shape to add more curve and movement - or I may just move on to another picture to see if I can capture the graceful lines in wires or beads.

We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Facebook Follower Update

I am continuing my steady climb to my first milestone of 500 followers on my Lisa Yang Jewelry Facebook page.  I am now at 411 likes.

You know I'll have to figure out a giveaway or something to celebrate once I finally make it there.

Should it be jewelry supplies or jewelry?  I think I'll start putting some things aside with each post...  Yup - that sounds like fun.

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