Inspired by art necklace: Brights by Kate Channing
This necklace is based on Sir Isaac Newton's first circular diagram of colours developed in 1666.
The logically arranged sequence of pure hues has formed a basic concept of art teaching and design theory from the 17th century to the present day.
Here the natural progression of colours is created by over 2,500 hand-strung small beads. Varying effects can be created by altering the number of loops the wearer makes in the necklace. Each necklace comes in its own storage bag created from Liberty cotton The fabric has been designed by Ian Rhodes to represent a watercolour paint box.
Members price: £135.00
"When I was a young girl a family friend in Africa sent me a surprise gift of a simple bead bracelet. It became one of my most treasured pieces of jewellery. After a career working for some of the best known and well-loved names on the British high street my interest in beads re-surfaced when I was lucky enough to travel abroad buying jewellery in my role as Retail Director at The British Museum.
I became fascinated by the different techniques and materials used by ancient societies to create wonderful styles of personal adornment. Working from my studio in the Test Valley, in Hampshire, UK, I make jewellery by hand using a combination of artisan, upcycled and modern beads together with semi-precious stones, artclay and paper.
Each piece develops organically from planned and serendipitous combinations of beads on the workbench.
I am excited by juxtaposing vintage and artisan beads, collected on my travels, with modern resin and glass beads to obtain dramatic effects of colour and texture,. My current collections are inspired by themes of Art, History and Literature.
I donate a percentage of the retail price of my jewellery to audited charities (And I still wear the little african bracelet.)"
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