With its iridescent
feathers and decadent beauty, it is no wonder that the peacock
has been the focus of inspiration for many designers, back to
ancient times. The allure of these fabulous birds crossed all
cultures, from fashionable European designers, creating amazing
works of art, to the influence of Japanese designers, creating
stunning embroidered kimonos.
like William Morris, Louis Comfort Tiffany, The House of Worth
and René Lalique, took their inspiration to new heights,
creating living spaces, couture clothing, glass art, and fine
jewelry, all based on one colorful bird: the Peacock! They used
a variety of materials in their creations, to include fabric,
paint, opalescent glass, fine metals and bronze, and enamel.
Regarded by many
cultures as a symbol of wealth, beauty and rebirth, peacocks
were also a symbol of royalty. Indian rulers would have servants
cool them with peacock feather fans. Japan regarded Peacocks
as a symbol of dignity and beauty. Images of these beauties can
also be found in early Christian tomb art, and were a favorite
motif in ancient Rome and Byzantium.
of the Peacock
is my interpretation of a more contemporary approach to a timeless
inspiration. Three "feather" shapes are filled with
embellished Swarovski pearls and linked together for a fabulous
focal point. All of the feather shapes and the necklace straps
are created in cubic right-angle weave. The pearl embellishments,
buttons and the necklace connector utilize peyote stitch, netting
and embellishing techniques.
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Necklace length: My samples of this design
are 17.5 inches long from the tip of the necklace connector to
the opposite button.
Cubic right angle weave
Flat and tubular peyote stitch