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Build a Line Challenge 2016 - The Journey Progresses

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Art Nouveau Necklace by Gorges Fouquet Jewelers, Designed by Alphonse Mucha
Circa1905 (photo via Project Wedding)
When I started the B'Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge (BALC) 2016, I discovered relatively quickly my design influences lie in the beautiful, undulating designs of the Art Nouveau movement, yet I am also drawn to the simplicity found in Arts and Crafts designs. Many of the colors used at the turn of the 20th century are soft and mutable, like the colors found in nature from which both artistic movements find their roots.

Arts & Crafts Necklace by W. H. Haseler Jewelers, Designed by Archibald Knox
Circa 1902 (photo via Victoria & Albert Museum)

One of the most enlightening exercises we undertook in this portion of the class was to spend time learning about designers and their influences in the better part of the twentieth century. I was amazed to find the spirit of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements carried on in designs by the likes of Miriam Haskell and Coro. I also enjoy beautiful Victorian mainstream designs and their ornate patterns. Modern designers like Alexander McQueen carry elements of Victorian design in their lines today.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2016 Collection, Coro Rhinestone Necklace, Miriam Haskell Demi Parure
Photos via Vogue, Treasures of Grace, and Aged and Opulent Jewelry

At this point in my jewelry career, I feel very confident in sourcing and selling antique/vintage jewelry on a small scale. I am developing jewelry making skills and would consider myself to be a 'hobbyist' with aspirations to grow my business into a full scale design and production venue. I truly enjoy the detail found in beautiful antique pieces and am honored to carry some of the thought processes of those who have gone before me into my first line. With All Jeweled in White, my initial focus is on simple design with a definite nod to the past. I am using high quality components in rich antique brass, Czechoslovakian crystals and glass pearls along with a few fun surprises like silk Sari ribbon and a new patina I am developing. Simple, yet elegant, All Jeweled in White is my step into the 'maker' category of a jewelry business.

A Few Components for All Jeweled in White

This is the second in a three post installment for the BALC 2016 blog hop (post 1 is available here). Our next post will be April 1, 2016, so please stop back for a visit.


BALC 2016 Blog Hop

Be sure to visit the talented students in the BALC 2016 class. I am amazed at the amount of work these talented ladies have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.

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