Focusing on the descriptions of flower, from the Language of Flowers, I began to look for models of those themes in literature; particularly themes of torn self in neglected relationships. Three novels came to mind, Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Nu Gold Brass, Sterling Silver 2014
Inspired from novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
In this piece I’ve searched to unravel and understand the thoughts and feelings of Constance Chatterley, and other women that go through similar situations. Like ivy, her commitment and eternal love for her husband never leaves, it’s everywhere, even when she finds comfort in the arms of another. But at the same time, this all encompassing, deep-rooted care and compassion causes harm and restlessness, “taking possession of her like a madness”. As an escape, she finds the spark of a secrete love and bliss, like gardenias growing amidst the ivy. To the outside viewer one sees an elegant garden façade, but internally the entanglement is all consuming.
Nu Gold Brass, Resin 2015
Inspired from the novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The further she swam, the more she began to feel herself lighten. This pivotal moment of complete release I find both tranquil and violent. Focusing on this dichotomy, Serenity’s design elements take this into consideration. The pierced-out imagery in this piece consists of water and the flower bud of a persimmon tree, meaning to “bury me amidst nature’s beauties”. These resin-filled cavities create a fluidity of graceful motion, while the outer perimeter juts out aggressively mimicking the force and brutality of ocean waves. The wearer is to feel both elegant and apprehensive about how the necklace commands the body. It strikes a fine balance, forcing the wearer to be aware of their every move to prevent harming oneself.
Silver, Smokey Quartz, Cubic Zirconia, Pearls 2015
Inspired from the novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
There is such an elegance and pain with her character. To best represent this I combined the aesthetic of a traditional gemstone bracelet with an abstracted valerian flower using seed pearls and smoky quartz. Using valerian to represent Anna was fitting because it’s meaning is to have an accommodating disposition. Wanting a way to contrast the traditional gemstone bracelet and the meaning of valerian to truly represent Anna, I set additional cubic zirconia into the underside of the bracelet. By doing this, when worn the stones puncture the skin creating and unseen pain and torture.