Montag, 28. Mai 2012

Mother Necklace

Hello again :)
I thought I'd share some pictures of my Mother Neklace with you.
I call it Mother Necklace not only because I actually made it for my Mom, but also because it's mother themed.

It all began when I found some bottle tree (Brachychiton populneus) seed pods on a weekend trip to Barceloa a few weeks ago. I looked at them and found that their shape was...ahem...quite female :)
It reminded me on childbirth.
So the idea was born to create a necklace for my Mom from it.

This necklace is full of meanings and symbolism. Almost every detail tells a story, but most of them even my Mom won't understand. To make this piece, I went on a trip down to memory lane, and sometimes it hurt a bit. In a way, this was some kind of birth for me, too.

Behind a "leaf" (sewn of recycled recycled sari fabric and Lacy's Stiff Stuff and adorned with some glass beads, a brass sequin and a garnet) are childhood photos of my sister (top), my brother (bottom) and me, embedded in resin.
I didn't pour the resin directly into the pod. You can'tsee it very good, but I made a mold especially for this piece. The finished resin piece has the shape of a leaf, and on the back of the piece you can see the cast of an elder blossom that is shining through. I highlited the elder blossom a bit with Gilders Paste in antique gold. Then I put some dupioni silk loosely into the pod. Above came a piece of mica, also cut into leaf shape. Finally the resin piece was placed on top. Tiny golden glass seed beads, "sewn" into the pod with waxed linen thread, prevent everything from falling out.

I am quite pleased with this necklace. 
Yesterday I gave it to her. 


PipnMolly hat gesagt…

The necklace is wonderful. I hope your mother was happy with her treasure.
Ahhh, weekend trip to Barcelona.
Must be nice.....

Palimpa Lim hat gesagt…

Thank you, Tracy!! Our weekend trip to Barcelona (our kids went with me) was fantastic and very inspiring, indeed. I am a HUGE fan of Antoni Gaudi's work, so to me it was truly a weekend in heaven :) Normally, one weekend is far too short for a trip to a city like Barcelona, of course.

stregata hat gesagt…

Eine wirklich ganz außergewöhnlich wunderbare Kette. Ich bin ganz hin und weg davon, wie Du den Anhänger in mehreren Lagen konzipiert hast. Traumhaft!

stregata hat gesagt…

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!!!!!!!!!!!!

Palimpa Lim hat gesagt…

Danke Dir, liebe Renate!
Mein Geburtstag ist erst morgen, aber über Glückwünsche freue ich mich natürlich schon heute!!!

Louise hat gesagt…

So very beautiful! Your work is stunning!

Palimpa Lim hat gesagt…

Awww, thank you, Louise! So good to "hear" from you!

Green Studio hat gesagt…

Nice it!!!

Palimpa Lim hat gesagt…

Yep, it's way more organic than the necklaces I normally create. It's just...what can I's for my Mom ;) Glad you like it, Lisa!

Gayle hat gesagt…

Jana I am sure your mom must have loved it. It's really beautiful and I love all the attention to detail and all the symbolism.

Palimpa Lim hat gesagt…

Thank you, Gayle!
By the way, my little one is going to create her own prayer flag and I can't wait to join in this project with her... but haven't found the time, yet.

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A beautiful inspirational necklace filled with meaning and substance...
And yes! Put me on. Tjphe list for just have to make it to Barcelona some day

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