Still on the subject of earrings. Whilst yesterday's pair were an exercise in restrained minimalism, 'less is more' as the influential architect Mies van der Rohe would say. Today I would assert that 'less is a bore' (after all it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind).
Back in 2007, my jewellery teacher, Barbara Christie, set an interesting project. We had to choose a person featured in the National Portrait Gallery, London and create a pair of earrings inspired by them. I chose Amy Johnson (1903 - 1941).
She was a pioneering aviator and was the first woman to fly solo from the UK to Australia in 1930. This photograph of her shows her strength, beauty and a steely determination. Her gaze if fixed on the horizon and beyond. The sky is reflected in one of her goggles. Up, up and away!
I was faced with the question - what kind of earrings would Amy Johnson wear? I was pretty sure they would be unconventional, like her. I also wanted them to 'fly', not to dangle downwards, bound by gravity. After many experiments I settled on this design. A singular earring (because two would just be too much) for a singular lady.
I brought some 1930's architectural influences into this piece. In particular, I had in mind the Penguin Pool in London Zoo by Berthold Lubetkin. It was completed in 1934 and had this similar pioneering spirit, a streamlined design of a seemingly weightless flying concrete ribbon. It is suspended, spring like, looking like it may actually launch itself airborne at any moment.