I have to say that although I have been influenced by many artists using many techniques, and by my environment and people themselves, I immediately knew who my main and lasting influence has been so far - Holly of Bijoux d'Odalisque. It's probably because I have a thing with glamor, glitz, bling, scrumptious color and fine workmanship. It fits right in with my love of Swarovski crystals, but she takes it a several notches higher. Her work has the ultimate "put together" look. I'm talking design and composition, color palette and execution. Her real passion is painting, as you will read about in her etsy profile. To see her jewelery, I can only imagine what her paintings are like - a symphony of color, I'm sure. I think one really needs to have a innate ability or "an eye for it" to achieve what she does.
Although I did make a pair of earrings based on one of her designs and gave them to my older sister as a gift, the influence is really towards quality of work, color pairing just from viewing her work, and lessons in what glamorous, modern decadence is.
|Isabeau Earrings by Holly at Bijoux d'Odalisque|
(photograph used with permission)
|Although there is no comparison to the juicy rubies|
and vermeil findings of the Isabeau Earrings by
Holly pictured above, my sister really loved
these earrings I made for her in 2009!
(remade with matching wire, not pictured)
The Isabeau Earrings are one of Holly's most basic designs, and one her most beautiful, elegant in their simplicity. Want to see the matching pendant necklace? It's divine...
Holly is also known for her clusters of itty bitty gemstones to form a cascade of color. A very good example can be seen in her Gilded Butterflies necklace. Those types of designs were influential to me as well. One day my older sister asked me to make a pair of pearl earrings to match a multi-colored pearl bracelet she had, and I thought of the clusters. They look nothing alike, but it was the idea I got from seeing them. The end result:
|Pearl Drop Cluster Earrings. Made to match the bracelet below -|
Using fine silver ball head pins made by Holly!
|The Pearl Drop Cluster earrings were made to match this|
bracelet that my sister had for years. Impossible to match the
colors perfectly, but the earrings turned out well.
To participate in the Carnival Blog, click the other Starving Artists Team members' links to blogs about their influences:
The FamiLee Jewels
Thanks for visiting me today and thank you Holly for your inspiration!