Monday, 12 November 2012

UK Inspiration Challenge


Here is the reveal for the UK Inspiration Challenge on Artisan Whimsy.

My Region, as one of the Hosts, is Bath, the Historic City originally built by the Romans in AD60 on the site of natural springs, the Roman did like their Hot Baths!!!  It was known then by the name Aquae Sulis which means "The Waters of Sulis".  Later the city was very popular during the Georgian era which lead to a massive expansion resulting in some of the glorious Georgian architecture that we can still see today.

It was the Roman influence that interested me the most, the fact that many of the jewellery techniques that they used then, are still being used today, nearly 2000 years later.  I find that completely amazing!!!

Here are the pieces I created:


Roman Inspired Pendant and matching Earrings

The Romans loved their gold, so I used Gold Polymer Clay as the base for my pendant and incorporated it in the Leaf Cane that I made.  Knowing how fond the Romans were of Leaves and as everyone who knows me and my creations know, I too have a bit of a thing for leaves, I wanted to incorporated them into my design.  I was thinking broadly of the Roman Laurel Wreaths that Emperors are often depicted wearing, I created a Pendant and a pair of Earring, the earrings use a wire wrap technique that Roman Jewellers would have been familiar with.

I have so enjoyed this challenge and so, I think have lots of other people, judging by the number of entries that we had to the challenge.

Please take the time to visit their blogs and have a look at the amazing pieces they have created using the 6 regions of Britain as their inspiration

 All the links can be found here on the Artisan Whimsy Challenge Page.

 We will be picking the winners on Tuesday!!!!

19 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

Oh these are so gorgeous! I love the leaves through out and the gold tones - just amazing work you do

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Pippa,
Gorgeous pieces and I can truly see the Roman influence in your pieces. Thank you for sharing a bit of the history of your hometown.
Therese

Jo said...

They are beautiful Pippa! The leaf cane slices are perfect. We've had so many fantastic entries to our challenge!

Lesley said...

That was inspired Pippa - very clever and very effective, love them.

windbent said...

That's fun because it not only looks like leaves, but water from the "bathes" so I really like your idea.

Caroline said...

They are stunning! I love Bath, I used to visit my Auntie there as a child, (I remember the magical water being awful, the place is great tho!) You're leaves reflect the Roman designs beautifully! :)

Jean A. Wells said...

That is soooo pretty. You are just a genius with polymer clay. I really can see the Roman influence in your jewellery. (I spelled it the way you all spell it....)

Sherri Stokey said...

Beautiful pieces!

Kashmira said...

Oh my goodness!!! That is gorgeous!

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Jewellery said...

I love these beautiful pieces. They are super fab x

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Stunning designs, you must be so proud.

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Beautiful Design! Very nice work Pippa...really this is so simple and unique ..Love it

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