It is always a pleasure to be asked to exhibit my work and it usually sends a chain reaction from my brain to my fingers. The cogs started moving round and the electrodes fired sending idea after idea through my synapses. I decided, as it was so close to Valentine's Day, it would be ideal to use the Eva Collection as a starting point. Call it cliche but roses connect nicely to the feminine and will always be the Victorian token of love.
The Eva Collection takes the rose as an observation of the strong bond between mother and daughter. As a bud my mother nurtured me to full bloom where I flourished, and now I observe my elderly mother as the faded rose seeing her colour dim as the petals wither and gently but gracefully tumble to the floor.
My idea was to still use the rose structure but perhaps change the paper, introduce additional jewellery items such as a necklet, a wristlet and a different style of brooch, perhaps a brooch bar.
Once I had the letters in my studio I set to work creating a few roses from the paper. What did I like about them? The blue ink stood out as it danced decoratively across the lined paper forming patterns. If I echoed the colour of the ink by using a very fine tatting thread it might just work to reflect the handwritten patterns. As you can see in the sketch, I have also added a few ruby red beads, these ended up being swarkowski crystals, a word I can never say the same way twice.
Other ideas that came, went or were developed included a crocheted wristlet embellished with tiny crocheted beads, a brooch bar and a rose brooch with tatting and crystals. I think I enjoyed creating the brooch bar as I feel it is almost like a medal or an award celebrating beauty. Now I feel that the brooch bar needs to be developed further........