Wednesday 13 April 2016

The Garden of the Artist, Beaded OOAK Cuff


Dusk & Decadence's first sale!

 'The Garden of the Artist' beaded cuff. 
This piece is an artwork in its own right. It is such a delight to know that this piece will be worn and cherished.

This cuff was inspired by 'The Dream' an incredible painting by the artist Henri Rousseau painted in 1910. I felt a great connection to Rousseau's primitive paintings growing up. I love the sense of longing inspired by Rousseau's dreamscapes of stylized flattened space. 

Here I have portrayed a garden as twilight touches the flowers. Insects move busily about the blooms and the scent of night flowers fills the air. In this piece I have beaded around a beautifully stitched vintage Chinese embroidery, its flowers and leaves vie for space amongst the scattering of Victorian millinery flowers and silk flowers some of which I have hand painted. Their centers consist of freshwater pearls and Japanese seed beads. Amongst the flowers little golden pressed metal dragonflies make their way to their beds.

The reverse of the cuff is a wonderful vintage pink obi material and the closure consists of a pressed tin button with a painted center. The cuff is finished with a silver elastic loop to ensure a perfect fit.