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The Victorian Era.  When I think of the Victorian Era I always think about the magnificent dresses adorned in pearls, lace, gold brooches, feathers, beads, and ribbons.  Layer upon layer of silk, satin, and velvet in rich, royal colors: all the robin’s egg blue, scarlet red, eggplant purple, evergreen, ballet pink, and ivories you could ever desire.  Ugh, I was born in the wrong era. Though I am grateful my mother never tried to put me into one of those corsets.  Torture devices is what I would call those. I could never risk the ability to breathe deeply in order to look like an hour-glass.  Sigh…but the way fabrics were manipulated and transformed into fantastical waterfalls of fabric just mesmerize me.

Thank god I can still taste a little bit of this era with these beautiful textile necklaces.  They can be worn with any little black dress or with a plain white tee-shirt.  Either way, they make a statement on their own, “I feel pretty.”

Katherine Wardropped is an award-winning 3-D textile designer.  Her goal is to organically develop her “sculptural fabric technique” to a range of creative disciplines.  Particularly her brooches and necklaces all remind me of swirling wedding cakes.

However these necklaces are only available in London-based boutiques, though you could commission Katherine to create a masterpiece for you..if you are willing to pay a Victorian price.

If you don’t want to break the bank, then you should check out the necklaces created by Laura Su for her website Prismera.  Laura takes chiffon and other fabrics, sculpts them into ruffles, and applies vintage-style satin, ruffles, and sequins creating a modern take on Victorian high-style.

So indulge me if you will on a little detour we are going to take.  Personally, my accessory of choice has always been jewelry, and with the ladies of TAC embarking on the 6 Items or Less Challenge it has been on my mind lately.  I have a fairly large collection since I worked at a jewelry store, Pennyweights, for many years throughout high school and part of college…and I have kept every piece.  So I am always interested in what new paths jewelry makers are taking.  It is safe to say that jewelry, like clothing, will be around as long as fashion is around.  It is impossible to separate the two.  

So when I came across this amazing series of jewelry photographed by Patrizio di Renzo I was hooked.   Majo Fruithof’s jewelry collections are symmetrical in nature but is certainly not for squares. 

Her 2008 collection is almost complete done in black with the intentional splash of color or integration of white. All her pieces are exquisitely simple and easy to integrate into any fashion closet, but every single piece is a work of art in itself.  And in this world of Silly Bandz and multiple piercings, it is refreshing to see solidarity genius.

I know that jewelry of this kind is more of a metal works craft rather than a textile art, but metal works is also an age-old craft.  So thank you for letting me side-track just for a moment while accessorizing is consuming my mind.  And check out the TAC ladies on their 6 Items Challenge.