Saturday, October 31, 2009

Vintage... with a Modern Twist

My bead work is always rooted in the past, sometimes it's the technique or the colors or the design, but usually with a modern twist. I recently completed several new pieces for my annual trunk show at Grand Hotel.

The first is a choker and bracelet:

The design is definitely Victorian inspired, but the technique is completely modern.

Here's a beaded hairpin:

It emulates a period "trembler" but giant sized - over four inches across! It would be perfect in a modern updo.

All three of these pieces would be perfect for all the upcoming holiday parties, for either the modern fashionista or the lady who lets the past influence her personal style - exactly the juxtaposition I strive to create.