As soon as I was allocated a month I started thinking about a theme and title for it, I knew I wanted all the pieces to be made in black or white or a mixture of both, so that was the theme sorted, the title was a bit more tricky! having played around with ideas for a while, I decided I wanted it to be musical, I had considered briefly calling it 'manuscript jewellery' or 'ebony and ivory' - but then it occurred to me that A Flat major had 4 flats - B,E,A,D spelling....! and as I rarely know what I am going to make with my beads until I start making it is all quite Impromptu.
With the theme and the title decided I then had to make the jewellery along with the displays, I also had to photograph it all, price it up and list the items.
Most of the pieces I made specifically for the exhibition - a few I had made earlier but fitted the theme nicely so I included them too, in total I made over 150 pieces, safe to say I really am now enjoying working with coloured beads again, whenever I can - I found it quite hard to stick to my self imposed theme of black and white and had to resist putting the odd red bead into the mix-
"Impromptu in A Flat Major - a collection of jewellery in black and white"
|earrings displayed as sheet music|
|some of my knitted, crocheted or woven tiaras and crowns|
|beaded black and white cuffs|
|beaded black and white pendants|
|crocheted bead necklace|
|a tree full of stone pendants each stone is wrapped in crocheted wire and beads, the stones themselves came from Black beach, Isle of Mull|
As you can see, I have made jewellery in a variety of styles,suitable for many different occassions.
This exhibition will close Thursday October 27th,
handmade jewellery by Angela Smith