Ode to Mina Harker

Mina Harker Necklaced of antique and vintage crucifixes and rosary beads.

The Mina Harker Necklace is one of my oldest designs.  Originally, I did not make them to sell, because I made them before I even had a business selling my wares.   I made them to wear with black slips and vintage black kimonos back in the day when I went to goth clubs in London. They combined my love of intricate statement jewellery and my extensive collection of broken, and abandoned rosaries.

I named this design after one of my favourite fictional characters, the typist and undead survivor, Mina Harker, that ex-school teacher who traversed the liminal world of the damned, the infected of soul who lived to tell the tale.  There have been many Minas in other fictions but perhaps my favourite is The Letters of Mina Harker by Dodie Belamy, where Mina is re-visioned as a sexually active woman living in San Fransisco during the 1980s– she is also the author, speaking.  If you have not read it, you should!

Joey in full deathrock glory wearing his Mina.

This design has had more manifestations and versions than any other– and probably each has been a little painful to let each one go.  Most have found fascinating homes with artists, designers and creative visionaries.  Here your can see a recent custom design I made for Joey of Scout LA.

 

 

 

What Would Vanessa Do?

Catherine wearing the Vine of Elements Pentagram Necklace
Catherine wearing the Vine of Elements Pentagram Necklace, channeling the Witch circa 1972.

I wanted to share with you some of the images from the latest photoshoot I did with Catherine modeling. Many of the designs are from the Gothic Adornments Collection, inspired by gothic heroines from fiction and, most recently teevee.

I've recently added many new designs to the Gothic Adornments collection of the shop.
I’ve recently added many new designs to the Gothic Adornments collection of the shop.
Catherine wearing the wrapped chrysoprase pendant necklace.
Catherine wearing the wrapped chrysoprase pendant necklace.

 

While shooting the collection we were talking about our common love for Penny Dreadful and particularly the character of Vanessa Ives who embodies the spiritual horror and conflict as well as ovaries-out demon possession like no other.  Her performance captures the lurid yet convincing dread of being “chosen” not by God, but by something else.

When I first heard they were making a show that combined all the horror classics in one universe, one show, I was skeptical, but I’ve fallen under the spell of the show and it is informing much of my work lately.

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