Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
"Not all the tales are so self-destructive. “Antickes and Frets,” for example, is a neat bit of fancy-work on the grim web fate wove for Mary Queen of Scots. Told of magic worked by embroidery, Mary in her captivity undertakes to assassinate Queen Elizabeth by sending her a skirt embroidered with little pink flowers, and sure enough the pink pustules of the pox break out on Elizabeth’s skin. Then the magic is turned upon Mary herself, and the tale takes another turn. The metaphor of stitching the future into place is a striking one, well used."
"Scotland and England have been frenemies for centuries as Mary Queen of Scots knew well. Mary became Queen of Scotland as a babe and was next in line for the English throne after her older cousin Elizabeth I. Elizabeth, however, refused to acknowledge Mary as her heiress and was threatened by the Roman Catholics who saw Mary as the true queen. So when Mary foolishly ran to Elizabeth for help, following some poor political and personal decisions, the ever cunning Elizabeth did not come to her aid. Instead she had her cousin locked away for the next 18 years of her life and, after an assassination plot was revealed, ordered Mary's execution at the age of 44. Thankfully, beheadings don't factor into most family rivalries these days."
I chose to highlight this tumultuous royal relationship with a heart pendant that has nails embedded in it. The pendant is by Maku Raku and you can find others at Allegory Gallery. I decided to make a two strand necklace to show the two family lines of the Tudors and the Stuart's and used purple to showcase the royalty.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Sunday, October 2, 2016
The folks at AJE blog again opened up the challenge for anyone to play along. This month it was a Tree Theme! I had these Humblebeads that I'd been wanting to use, they are an acorn, and some little birdies and some branch beads. Unfortunately, I did not get done in time to post with the reveal, but please take a look at what everyone else did! What a fun challenge! It took me a while to get started because this month I was a little busy with work and crate training our new puppy, so I am glad I got one done. It all came together along with the Sarajo's Honey Do challenge... I used the same piece for both! I know, it's not exactly *illegal*, but it is not something I normally do. I love the challenges each month, they are my muse!! Next month I will be better, I promise!
Why, yes, you CAN see some pictures of my new puppy! His name is Goose.
But I managed a good picture ...
I KNOW, ISNT HE ADORABLE?!?!?
Any way, on to my piece...
Thanks for looking, be sure to check out every one else's piece on Art Jewelry Elements blog.
Here's my interpretation. (I actually will use this for two challenges!)
Thanks for looking! Hop to see all the other projects on Sarajo's blog!
Also, take a look at my post for Art Jewelry Elements, I didn't make it in time to post with the others, but I had fun writing it anyway!