Like any fantasy-reading, day dreamer of a girl, I was enamoured of Pre-raphaelite imagery, and this fascination has never left me. Sure the women are objectified in these paintings, and there is often a morbidity to them, but they are also powerful, substantial, and reflecting psychological complexities that rang true to me as a bookworm girl in the suburbs longing for a more interesting life.
I’m lucky to have beautiful friends who are willing to sit for me and model my jewellery– both Rosie and Catherine defintely channel the powerful, mysterious heroines of the Pre Raphelite’s.
When I design pieces it’s often with my customers in mind. My work has a sense of humour but also it’s beauty is based in narrative– not unlike the Pre Raphealite paintings that inform my work.
These earrings were inspired by the angel of death, Azreal. I’ve posted the paintings which correspond to some of my designs below: http://feral-strumpet.myshopify.com/products/copy-of-queen-bee-bindi-with-rose-and-moss-green
By far the most famous Rosetti painting, I have often been influenced by the colours in his Proserpine, as well as the melancholic drapery. My obsessions with garnets and their resemblance to pomegranate seeds probably can be traced back to this painting, too.
Another enduring favourite is Waterhouse’s A Mermaid. The best boss I’ve ever had, Julie, back at the San Francisco State University Library Periodicals Department, had this postcard slipped under the glass of her desk. Julie looked like the mermaid in the picture and everytime I see this photo I see Julie. I loved staring at it (Julie obviously had a lot of patience with my day dreaming self)– the tail wrapped so neatly around her, her am caught in mid-stroke combing her hair and that shell filled with her jewels. I wanted to comb through it! I love setting myself the challenge of making something you could find in that very shell.