Gaudí was the greatest proponent of Catalan modernism
of all time. Gaudí's one-of-a-kind style, led to his creation
of numerous architectural wonders in and around Barcelona, Spain.
were inspired by two different aspects of his work. The first,
being the architectural flowing shapes, arches and spires. The
second, was to capture the essence of his use of color and light.
Then, the more I worked on these diminutive 3-D shapes, the more
I thought of them as follies!
In England, a
folly is an architectural structure, constructed primarily for
decoration. Many would call them feats of fancy, as these diminutive
structures were created to please the eye or lead the eye to
see something beyond the structure. Many were miniature versions
of the castle that shared the same land. A great example is Highcleare
Castle (home of Downton Abbey) and its multitude of follies.
has a tassel shape consisting of three shaped components, laced
together to form "windows" of color and structure.
At the top of each of the tassels is a four-sided CZ beaded bead,
reflecting light as it is worn. These earrings make a statement.
They are bold and contemporary, but reminiscent of the true Gaudí
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Workshop length: This is a 1-day workshop
Earring length: 2 ½ inches long (from the top of
the ear wire to the bottom of the tassel shape) by 1 inch wide
at the widest point of the tassel shape.
Flat peyote stitch with increasing
Tubular peyote stitch with decreasing