Wool necklace

Wool necklace pink

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Month seven outcome – ” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Wool Necklace: ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Wool Necklace – For those following me on social media, you will know that September was my month of making jewellery from something with wool. Wool was a material I thought I’d feel at home with due to having worked with so much textiles previously but I actually found this month pretty tricky!

Month seven of my #ProjectWabiSabi was a celebration of wool because this is the material that marks the seventh wedding anniversary.  So each month for the rest of the year, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

My plan this year is to mark months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3518″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]During September I also recommended some brilliant independent businesses making beautiful makes from wool, see more here. I also interviewed Queen of wool Rachel Coopey about her woollen designs, see more here. Finally, I made an wool necklace and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Making in wool” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Setting myself a brief …

For those of you who have read my last few #ProjectWabiSabi posts, you’ll know that I have to set myself a brief to know where I’m going to make my jewellery. In fact so much so sometimes, that I seem to tie myself up in knots with the amount of boundaries I set myself whilst making a piece!

This month the brief had a couple of parameters: to utilise the stunning Coops Knits Merino wool given to me by designer interview participant Rachel. To make a bracelet. To try and make use of the new macrame skills I had learnt whilst doing a wall hanging workshop with Romy Design at Workshop SY1. As you might have guessed I only managed two out of the three this time![/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3514″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]

Playing with wool …

After a couple of followers challenged me to make a bracelet as one of my outcomes, I really felt like this month could be where I made this happen. I begun tests with a gold bangle, trying various knotting techniques around the frame.

However many techniques I tried, I just simply felt that the outcome did not do the technique justice and didn’t sit right with me. It was ‘ok’ but for me putting out ‘ok’ has never sat right. So whether it was comfort zone or not, I resided to go with my gut and pursue an outcome that felt more resolved in the time I had.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3516″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3512″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_custom_heading text=”Wool necklace” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Problem Solving…
Due to only being a novice with macrame techniques, the skills I had at my disposal were somewhat limited. But I did various samples and spent many hours getting a feel for what might be possible.
The difficult think was balancing out visually, the weight of the wool versus the weight of the brass tube. Something which always makes designing jewellery a challenge is making the item beautiful aesthetically as well as practical and wearable.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3517″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3511″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]After much frustration and feeling like this was the month that might just have had me stumped, I got there!

As so often I find with my work, I have to simplify. When I feel like I am hitting my head against a brick wall, I go back to the drawing board. The challenge is to try and approach the problem with fresh eyes and not overcomplicate things. I also have to trust my instinct as there’s no one else making the rules for me. After all, I am allowed to make this enjoyable. So I went with it and this is what I came up with.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]

The outcome…

My wool necklace uses macrame techniques to create form, from the beautifully soft merino wool. A brushed brass bar creates a focal point on the central section of the necklace. Let us know what you think by dropping me a comment in the box below![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3510″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3509″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”jumbo” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”https://www.instagram.com/saloukee/” text=”Keep up to date with my jewellery journey on Instagram”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Iron Ring

Iron Ring Handcrafted

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Month sixth outcome – ” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Iron Ring: ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Iron Ring – For those following me on social media, you will know that August was my month of making jewellery from something with iron. Iron is a material which I’ve never worked with previously. Therefore, with just a month to accomplish an outcome, I had to stretch the brief a little!

Month six of my #ProjectWabiSabi was a celebration of iron because this is the material that marks the sixth wedding anniversary.  So each month for the rest of the year, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

My plan this year is to mark months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3454″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]During August I also recommended some brilliant local businesses where you can partake in iron themed activities, see more here. I interviewed Ironbridge business woman Emma Cantillionsee more here. Finally, I made an iron ring and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Creating in iron” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Making with found materials …

For those of you who have read my last few #ProjectWabiSabi posts, you’ll know that my work is often led by the materials themselves. Found materials are some of my favourites to work with and this month’s outcome was no different. I love to see what man and nature can conjure up. I also like to see how I can incorporate that into my work, without too much manipulation.

A few months before my iron month was due, I had spoken to Emma (who lives in Ironbridge and was interviewed this month – details above). I asked her whether she had unearthed any interesting finds whilst converting her barn. Wonderfully for me she came up trumps. Not only a piece of raw iron but also some stunning pieces of colourful rock from her garden.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3455″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]

Further research…

Upon a little further digging (of the research kind this time) I found out that this rock was in fact a by-product of the iron industry – even more on theme! The stony waste matter (that was actually glass-like on closer inspection), was in fact slag. So this colourful earthy matter is what is left over after a desired metal has been separated from its raw ore. It is said to be usually a mixture of metal oxides and silicone dioxide – who knew!

And don’t worry, I wasn’t stealing precious resources from this World Heritage Site. In fact, such material an be found all over Ironbridge. An area known throughout the world as a symbol of the Industrial Revolution.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3459″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3461″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3460″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]I opted to work with the rocks on this occasion as these were what intrigued me the most. Unsure of what their true composition, I took to work on one of them with my trusty hammer (and some safety glasses!). To my delight, the stunning colours ran in layers throughout the material, which brough much excitement! But with glass like edges, they needed some work before they could become used and wearable.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_custom_heading text=”Iron outcome” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Problem Solving…
My first challenge was to refine the rocks. I needed to tumble them to turn the rough edges, smooth. This took many days and was a new process to me but I was really pleased with the journey they went on. The colours were still beautifully apparent but the rocks had taken on a more organic form.
I could have continued to tumble and polish the rocks further until they had a shiny appearance. However, for me this was a step, too far removed from the found materials that they came to me as.

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One of my challenges to myself this year is to gain more confidence with my metalsmithing after spending most of my career out of that saddle! This of course takes practice, so I’d decided that my outcome would involve metalwork and in particular a claw setting. My last decision I got help with. I asked my lovely social media followers whether earrings or a ring should be my outcome, and three quarters voted in favour of an iron ring.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]

The outcome…

My iron ring final outcome reveals the stunning shades of the rock in all its glory, with it’s four claw setting elevating the centre piece. The ring is made in silver and oxidised to give it’s grey patina. It’s finished with a hammered texture, respecting it’s organic roots.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3458″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3456″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3457″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”jumbo” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/#contact” text=”Contact me if you’d like an iron ring of your own”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Neon Wood Pendant

Neon Wood Pendant jewellery

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Month five outcome – ” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}23bfbfbf” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Neon Wood Pendant: ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Neon wood pendant – For those following me on social media, you will know that July was my month of making wood jewellery. Wood, is something I have tinkered with before in the studio (in my White // Wood Collection) but it was lovely to revisit it once more.

Month five was a celebration of wood because this is the material that marks the fifth wedding anniversary.  So each month for the rest of the year, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

My plan this year is to mark months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3418″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]During July I also recommended some brilliant makers who create pieces made in wood, see more here. I interviewed jewellery designer working in wood Kelly Munrosee more here. Finally, I made a NEW neon wood pendant and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Designing in wood” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Making with found materials …

For those of you who read my last #ProjectWabiSabi blog about my new linen earrings, you might remember that I mentioned that my work is often led by the materials themselves. Through play, I like to see in its most basic form, how it can be manipulated.

Whilst creating my neon wood pendant, this again was the case. Early on in July, I asked followers to vote on which type of wood they thought I should work with for my outcome. I was choosing between a piece of beautiful oak wood veneer that’s been in my materials kit for such a long time. The second option was some rather rough pine block offcuts which had been charred by an angle grinder in a recent DIY project at home.

I was quite surprised that followers chose the pine blocks. I had kept them due to the beautiful, polished edge the grinder had created so I was excited to take on the challenge of making jewellery with them.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3413″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]Work in progress…

At the beginning of July, all I knew about the wood I was going to making a piece with, was that I didn’t want to change it much. Sometimes I believe that things are perfect just the way they are. Sometimes an accidental activity brings the most perfect outcome, without any further manipulation.

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3414″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]The wood that we’d cut from the surround of our front door, smoothed down by the grinder we were using, was a mini piece of art if itself. We would never have found the method, without the very situation needing us the think outside of the box. I had kept it at the time, intrigued by its properties, wondering whether at some point it might come in use and this was the perfect opportunity![/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Wood outcome” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Problem Solving…
As I begun to play with the chunks of wood in their original, unmanipulated form, I realised that my outcome options were going to be somewhat limited. Though a couple of friends challenged me to make a bracelet, it was a neck piece that my gut was telling me to pursue. (Bracelet challenge has not been forgotten!)
At first I was looking at incorporating several of the chunks into one neck piece and I wanted to find some kind of pulley mechanism to add movement and impermanence. After several sample attempts, I found there was too many variables that would change on every make, that didn’t enable the quality of outcome I wanted. But all to often within this project, especially within the short timescales, I’ve found the only answer is to simplify!

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So often, I find that I set myself impossible challenges. I don’t just like to set myself the one challenge, ie: make a piece of jewellery with wood. I like to create myself some basically pretty limiting parameters, ie: make a piece of jewellery with wood. It’s a necklace made of offcuts of charred pine. You cannot change the pine. The necklace should be able to moveable and non permanent in its form. It should be able to be worn by people of various shapes and sizes. It should be minimal is style but include some unconventional materials. It’s making should be simple but it’s design clever and replicable. And that’s just some of them!
I suppose in reality I’m forming myself a brief but sometimes I seem to create so many boundaries in which to create, I make a solution which is overcomplicated! Ironic that one of the main reasons I say I love being my own boss is that I have freedom isn’t it?!

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3416″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The outcome…

I opted to simplify the design by incorporating just a single wood block whilst designing with moveability. I added a big punch of colour with some neon thread, which contrasted beautifully with the polished dark charring of the pine. The grey arc at the top of the piece not only creates beautiful form, it also sits comfortably on the back of the neck, whilst keeping the cotton strands separated.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3409″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3410″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3408″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The block istelf can be slid up or down the lengths of thread. Not only is this great for ease of putting on, but it means it’s up to the wearer to change the look of this piece, dependent on their fancy.

The lengths of thread are deliberately long, enabling the wood to sit at a playful and adjustable position, resting between your chest and tummy. Bringing brightness to a tee, top or dress. Full pendant drop length is approx. 60cm and wood block is 2.5 x 3.5cm.

So I’d love to hear what you think of my neon wood pendant? …[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3407″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3406″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3405″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”jumbo” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/#contact” text=”Contact me if you’d like to a neon wood pendant”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Linen Earrings

Linen earrings crocheted

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Month four outcome – ” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}23bfbfbf” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Linen Earrings: ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]For those following me on social media, you will know that June was my month of making linen jewellery. Though I’ve played with most fabrics and materials over the years, linen was something that had slipped my grasp.

Month four was a celebration of linen because this is the material that marks the fourth wedding anniversary.  So each month for the rest of the year, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

My plan this year is to mark months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3302″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]During June I also recommended some brilliant makers who create pieces made in linen, see more here. I interviewed consultant and textiles designer Kirsty Anne Powell, see more here. Finally, I made a pair of NEW linen earrings and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Designing in linen” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Being led by the material itself …

For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you’ll remember that at the culmination of my last #ProjectWabiSabi outcome, I was guided by a theme of preciousness. This is a theme that has often reoccured in my work over the years and is very much behind the soul of the keepsake commissions I undertake also.

Other inspirations when creating concepts for jewellery, sometimes come from simply being led by the materials themselves. Through play, I like to see in its most basic form, how it can be manipulated. Whilst creating my linen earrings, this was how I went about creating the final outcome. This is also why I’m always keen to understand how other designers connect with the materials themselves, you’ll see more of this in the designer interviews I have undertaken as part of an accompanying blog series.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3300″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]Work in progress…

At the beginning of June, I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted to make. I thought this was going to be an easy month! I’d had an idea that I wanted to pursue that had been in my head for some time and thought it would make a lovely pair of stud earrings (something which I feel my collection has missed up until now). However after a little research I realised my idea already existed. Now whilst it’s arguably difficult to create completely original and new designs these days, I simply could not ever consciously mimic the design of another designer so I explored other avenues.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3293″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]I began to explore techniques that I’ve played with previously but not created any outcomes with. I tinkered with simple knitting and crocheting techniques, but I found it difficult being so far out of my comfort zone. What I had seen as being a ‘easy’ month became one where I worried whether I would be able to come up with an accomplished finish.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Linen outcome” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Problem Solving…
The only way for me to overcome my worries was to practice and trial lots of options, weighing up with overall aesthetic versus the capability of my skill set and then also considering the practicality of the design itself as a wearable piece of jewellery.
I also pushed through my stresses of imperfection by reverting back to my projects’ beginning and the meaning behind it. My focus throughout this year was about working with the sentiment of WabiSabi – to seek beauty in the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. This didn’t need to be a forever piece of jewellery that I would be judged on until the end of time, it needed to represent now.
It’s easy to critique yourself whilst putting your work out there so openly on the internet but ultimately I keep reminding myself that this is a personal challenge. If people enjoy my work along the way and want to wear it then this is a BIG bonus. Without the love for what I do, my business ceases to exist. In trying to enjoy the process, I hope that I will find a little more fluidity and freedom in what I do. Luckily I got there, a finished piece … on the last day on June!

[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3291″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The outcome…

A clean, simple pair of linen earrings. Working with the beautiful linen’s gentle nature in a soft grey colour palette. This English linen thread is crocheted around silver and finished with solid silver post and backs, so perfect for delicate ears. They’re approximately 2cm in diameter which make for a lovely sized ear stud and I’m happy to have a more toned down addition to the last few colourful ones, I’ve made during this project.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3294″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3296″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3295″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”jumbo” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/jewellery-shop/linen-jewellery-crocheted-studs/” text=”Buy a pair of linen earrings”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Leather Jewellery

Leather Jewellery 3 year anniversary Brooch

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For those following me on social media, you will know that May was my month of making leather jewellery. This is actually not my first time working with the medium. In fact back at University many moons ago in my final year, I made a number of leather corset style belts. I have to say I had the help of a very brilliant saddler at the time though!

This time I was going it alone so I kept the working simple and tried to not over complicate my design. After many samples made, I concluded the month with a set of leather/wood/metal brooches.

Month three was a celebration of leather because this is the material that marks the third wedding anniversary.  So each month for the rest of the year, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

My plan this year is to mark months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3227″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]During May I also recommended some brilliant makers who create pieces made in leather, see more here. I interviewed watchmaker Jon Shakespeare, see more here. Finally, I made a series of NEW leather jewellery and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Designing in leather” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]A collection with meaning …

As a designer I have found over the years, there are a certain number of themes which seem to tie together all of my collections. For many years I viewed each collection I created as a completely new entity. My feeling was that they didn’t necessarily convey a similar message or even have a cohesive aesthetic. However with time and wisdom from peers, I can see that my work does indeed have reoccuring themes.

One of these is the theme of preciousness, of time, of sentiment and of nurturing the forgotten. This idea to some extent has threads through each and every collection. It’s also something which intrigues me in life and in the work of others. As something so central, it’s also the reason in my series of Designer Interviews that I have questioned others on the subject.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3228″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]Creating leather jewellery this month has allowed me to explore this theme once more, with hopefully a new angle. The series of brooches I have made are pieces of hope, of dreaming, of time spent and of remembrance. They’re vistas which transport you to another place, remind you of a memory and allow a moment of serenity in a busy world.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]Work in progress…

I knew I wanted to create more than just one piece, so that viewers could find a connection with at least one of the scenes I was hoping to create. I wondered where it was I adventured to when I was in need of reflection time. Ironically it came to me on a break to Greece at the start of the month. There I was listening to sea in the sun, (trying to escape from the world) and that’s when the idea came to me.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3234″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]I quickly scribbled the ideas that were in my head in to my phone and emailed it to myself so that I could come back to it on my return. As you’ll see they’re very rough and I can admit drawing is not my strong point. But the idea was there for me to revisit on my return to the studio.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Leather outcome” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Problem Solving…
Back to work after holiday meant I had to work quick to resolve my ideas. I sought the help of my brilliant Instagram followers to see where they escape to to find peace. After making many samples, (I think I counted about x40 in the end!) I selected three which I felt not only stood alone representing my message but also worked as a set.

[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3233″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The outcome…

A playful set of simplistic graphics, made in leather. Three brooches capturing ‘Moments in Time’.

  • One: my daydream brooch, for taking time to just be.
  • Two: my dusk till dawn brooch, for fresh beginnings.
  • Three: my moonlight brooch, for making wishes come true.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3240″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3239″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3238″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The leather scenes are captured on wood and set on a vintage style brass brooch setting, with pin closure. Versatile yet meaningful and each one ever so slightly unique, due to its making by hand.

I’d love to know what you think, so do leave a reply and let us know your thoughts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3327″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3235″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3237″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”jumbo” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/handmade-brooches/” text=”Purchase a brooch here”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cotton Rope Necklace

Cotton Rope Necklace long

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Month two outcome – ” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}23bfbfbf” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Cotton Rope Necklace: ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Hopefully some of you will know by now, that April was the month where I familiarised myself once more with working with cotton. Time playing and testing. led me to making an adjustable cotton rope necklace in a brilliant sunshine yellow palette.

Month two was a celebration of cotton because this is the material that marks the second wedding anniversary.  So each month for the rest of the year, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

My plan this year is to mark months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3085″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]During April I recommended some brilliant makers who create pieces made in cotton, see more here. I interviewed Superfrilly jeweller Sally Collins, see more here. Finally, I made a NEW cotton rope necklace and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Designing with rope” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]A material revisited …

Cotton is a material I have used before in my practice. I feel thankful that my #ProjectWabiSabi has guided me in gently, with the first two months working with familiar materials. I played a lot with cottons and various other textile mediums first at University studying silversmithing and jewellery. It’s strange, even now when viewing my collection as a whole people often asked if indeed it was textiles, that I studied many moons ago.

I’ve always been intrigued something softer in nature and to touch. The delicacy and impermanence has always drawn me in. In terms of Saloukee and actually making jewellery from it, my White // Wood collection uses a beautiful 100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826} British made cotton rope. I then later revisited using the medium more recently when I designed my necklace making kits in my Self Care range, see more here.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3080″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]It’s strange, sometimes when you undertake a project, you leave feeling like there were things left unsaid. Somehow I felt like this with the gorgeous British rope, I sourced in my necklace kits. So I picked them up again for this project in the hope by the end somehow I would finish what I’d started.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]Work in progress…

The starting point was a case of relooking at a lovely set of samples that I created some time ago. These macquettes were made using simple knotting techniques in natural cotton rope.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”3083″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]With Spring almost upon us and with me always being urged to use more colour, I opted for a much brighter colour to begin my developments in. I wanted to keep the knotting simple but to create some statement, so I selected a thicker rope than I’ve previously used.

I was also excited to combine the rope with the most exciting new material I’ve found. A very clever rubber which allowed me to seal the ends of the rope to avoid fraying. It also enabled me to contain sections where needed and also to add and additional colour to the piece.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Cotton outcome” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Problem Solving…
The several samples that I ended up honing in on were really simple in and minimal in design. The toughest thing was to know which was the most successful to finalise to become my overall income for my month two.
I did what I’ve now found out to be the best thing and I asked my followers over on Instagram and Facebook to give me their opinion. Their vote was unanimous across both polls that I held. The people spoke and my knotted cotton rope necklace was the one to pursue.

[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3082″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The outcome…

A bold sunshine yellow cotton rope necklace which is (a highlight for me) completely adjustable! The reason I made the decision to add this feature is because we are all so different and I thought this was a lovely way to make this necklace work with different bodies, as well as different outfits.

There’s no messing with a fiddly fastening, instead a central piece of rubber allows both end ropes to be pulled to lengthen or shorten the necklace. Therefore the necklace drop can be adjusted to wherever the mood or outfit takes you!

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3087″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3088″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]From a bright bib necklace sitting just below your collarbone (approximate drop length 25cm). Then all the way to a beautifully elegant elongated drop necklace (approximate drop length 40cm), adding a splash of colour to any outfit.

We’d love to know what you think, so do leave a reply and let us know your thoughts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3090″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3089″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”large” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/cotton-anniversary-gifts-for-her/” text=”See our existing range of cotton jewellery”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”large” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/jewellery-shop/knot-necklace/” text=”Buy your own knot necklace here”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Paper Earrings

Paper Earrings blue

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Month one outcome – ” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}23bfbfbf” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Paper Earrings: ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

As most of you will know by now, March was a month where I became obsessed with paper (it’s not the first time you’ll understand!) Which ultimately led to some rather cute paper earrings being made.

Month one was a celebration of paper because this is the material that marks the first wedding anniversary.  So each month for the rest of the year, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”2979″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]My plan this year is to mark months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.

During March I recommended some brilliant makers who create in paper, see more here. I interviewed talented paper engineer Sarah Louise Matthews, see more here. Finally I made some NEW paper earrings and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Project Wabi Sabi” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

What is Wabi Sabi?
So I’ve finally named the 10 month jewellery making project … I’m calling it #ProjectWabiSabi. Why, you ask? Well this is a Japanese phrase based on a view of acceptance of imperfection.

[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”2998″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]For Wabi Sabi Simple book author Richard Powell “Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”

For me, this notion perfectly summarises a healthy acceptance. This I feel is always hard to settle for as a designer who is driven to strive for more. My hope is that by focussing and embracing the imperfect, creativity might just happen more freely and outcomes might actually see the light of day![/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Designing in paper” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]A project left behind…

It’s actually crazy … I begun designing a new range of paper jewellery about two years ago. It seems I got to a certain point and I stopped. Perhaps I got too busy to see it through, that or too scared to show the world.

Therefore, I am determined that my #ProjectWabiSabi should help me bring to life some of the many projects I have started. It should allow me commitment in time to getting things made into tangible wearables, not just half designed thoughts on paper or half made test pieces in boxes.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][image_with_animation image_url=”2994″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]Work in progress…

The initial piece I begun developing was a necklace inspired originally by Art Deco and it’s wonderful geometric shapes. From here I focused mainly on the metal shapes themselves and how to give my paper earrings the longevity and practical wearability, I’m so often asked about.

Making paper wearable, poses many issues. It’s inflexible and unforgiving, so in many ways it does not lend itself to being worn. In my new pieces I wanted to use brass alongside the paper to give it strength but also familiarity and therefore accessibility to wearers.

I had the idea of creating ‘jewels’ from the paper by building up the layers. This was decided way back two years ago when I began the research the idea. It took many, many paper earrings versions before I was indeed happy with the visual and practical qualities working in harmony.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Paper outcome” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

Problem Solving…
The paper earrings outcome was actually originally going to be a paper necklace. I was so close to resolving the necklace but in the time frame it just was not quite there. So my secondary piece, the paper earrings came to centre stage.
Rather than forcing the issue and pursuing the creativity and problem solving under stress. And so, I embraced the concept of Wabi Sabi and resolved the paper earrings without guilt.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”2987″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”2988″ alignment=”right” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100{bf9a968572e7ebb68f246158f0b8da6c4ea2bd1e341039728af7ec2198186826}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The outcome…

A simple pair of paper earrings with brushed brass plates and silver posts. I’ve chosen a lovely metallic paper, which gives a beautiful twinkle on movement. The brass has been buffed by hand to give it a tactile matt texture and the 925 silver back and posts, means no issues with allergies.

They are approximately 20mm wide and 18mm high and though there are many staggered layers to make up the paper earrings. They’re wonderfully light for the lobes, due to the material itself.

As ever there’s been lessons learnt, but I’m so pleased that month 1 of 10 has been accomplished and I have these pretties to show for it! Let me know what you think![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”large” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/paper-jewellery/” text=”See our existing range of paper jewellery here”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_btn size=”large” open_new_tab=”true” button_style=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#ffffff” icon_family=”none” url=”http://saloukee.com/jewellery-shop/paper-jewelry/” text=”Buy a pair of our paper earrings here”][/vc_column][/vc_row]