Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flying Critters

I'm hooked on Art Nouveau. My interest in this style began a year and a half ago, when Nancy Reinke, an artist from the Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA) presented me antique beads she took from her grandmother. Beads were Czech charlottes and were produced at the end of XIX century. No wonder, that I started reading about that time and learning art of this period. I expressed my love in several jewelry pieces: Lady Winter Necklace featuring painting Winter by Alfons Mucha, and Judith Necklace featuring... of course, artwork Judith by Gustav Klimt!


So, when Artbeads.com announced its new blogging challenge "What’s Old is New Again!", I was happy because it was a great opportunity to continue my own Art Nouveau challenge. I have to confess - and I'm glad to do that - they paid a lot of attention at vintage style products, and my search wasn't to long. Steampunk? Not now, maybe, later on...


So, I came to just launched Kabela Design that carries a very beautiful line of brass antique styled products. Art Nouveau art pieces widely featured elements of live nature such as threes, flowers, birds, insects, lizards, butterflies, etc., but number one is a dragonfly! How come? Who knows! I think, some explanations can be found. Try "Art Nouveau butterfly", and Google Image search will return you hundreds of jewelry pieces with those critters!


I finished my search very quickly, I selected two Kabela Design Antique Brass Dragonfly Pendant "to support" the center piece, and Kabela Design Antique Brass To Thee Pendant as a frame for embroidery: a piece of genuine leather and TOHO charlotte seed beads 15/0, in the center I attached a charm featuring hummingbird, the same charm I used as a small pendant. Swarovski crystal pearls of bronze and blue color, and Extreme Trios (24K gold plated) thread by Softflex helped me finish my light-weight necklace.

Art Nouveau Restored
Art Nouveau must go on! And here is a piece of jewelry created just from beads I mentioned in the beginning of my post. It also features my lovely style. If you like that necklace you can cast your vote for People's Choice Award in the International Bead Award Contest:



Disclosure. Being a reviewer of Artbeads.com products and a participant of its blogging program I received Kabela Design brass components free of charge. This post reflects my honest opinion; and Artbeads.com is not compensating me for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.


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16 comments:

Tündrüs (Jákóiné Klárik Tünde) said...

Gorgeous pieces!!!

Mandy said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! I hope to get to Alexandria soon to see your store, my cousin has a store in Alexandria also!

Zoya Gutina said...

Thanks a lot, ladies! Come to see me in Alexandria! )))

Jacob The Jeweler said...

This is an excellent review.I would love to read more about this topic.
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A... nakit said...

wonderfully...

Zoya Gutina said...

Thank you! )))

Wholesale Jewelry said...

Wow these pieces look really stunning and beautifully designed by Kabela. Kabela designs are very famous due to their vintage style jewelry. I like their all collection but Flying Critters collection is so awesome.

fashion jewelry said...

wow..what a great collection...
love the design
Those pieces of art that are absolutely stunning!

Gold Charm Bracelet said...

Very nice idea...the birds and the insects in brass o copper look superb.In total it is a very new innovative piece.

Diamond Guides said...

As I seen the these very artistic designed jewels, I'm so moved with the craftsmanship!

I'm sure these jewels will look even more beautiful with diamonds attached instead of pearls and beads!

Zoya Gutina said...

Thank you, but I don't think so! )))

Diamond guide said...

Such lovely and adorable jewels!

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