I first 'met' Sharon of My Passport to Style
when I read her post on the Henry Holland A/W 12
runway show for London Fashion Week. She had me sniggering into my full fat (and proud of it) mocha.
A couple of emails bounced between us which ended up with Sharon asking me if I would be interested in designing her a virtual necklace which she would feature along side some of my existing collection on her blog. I was intrigued. I said 'yes!' and got to work.
Sharon sent me a link to her Pinterest
fashion inspiration board....
|Sharon's fashion and style pinterest board|
...and from this I pulled together this collage to abstract the colours and materials - essentially my way of kick-starting the design process.
|sketchbook collage, colours and material, March 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes|
Sharon also told me which pieces from my existing collection she liked the best; Storm Necklace
, Yellow Submarine Ring
and the Barnacle Ring
|Sharon's favourites and a few others, from the existing Hybrid Handmade Collection|
From Sharon's favourites I began to focus in on pebble shapes and faceted textures; this combined with the colours and textures from the collage all came together to create the following sketches.
|Sketchbook design for Sharon's Virtual Necklace, March 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes|
The pendant became a chunk of faceted wood or turquoise stone - based on the size of a pebble that would fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. It is strung on a bright turquoise silk chord or a gold chain. It is a meditative little piece, positioned at the perfect length for pulling this way and that, along the midsection of the chain whilst you ponder life's big questions. A couple of little gold 'barnacles' complete the composition.
So, there you have it. My first ever 'virtual commission'. A big thank you to Sharon
for coming up with this great idea. Now, I think I'm going to have to go off and make it for real!