As time and interest allow, I enjoy participating in the “We’re all Ears” earring challenge hosted by Earrings Everyday. Erin does a fantastic job coming up with creative inspiration from a variety of sources and I always look forward to the start of the month to see what she has for us. This month she gave us a selection of intricate arabesque art featured in ancient architecture.
These mesmerizing mosaics rely heavily on tiny repeating geometric patterns and they kind of make my head spin. I love architecture so much and I was excited to try my hand at creating something influenced by these beautiful old buildings.
Coincidentally, this month I also watched Casablanca for the first time. And I’ve been watching it, and watching it, and watching it… you get the idea. I loved everything about it. There isn’t anything as stunning as these pictures in the sets of Casablanca, but I saw glimpses of mosaics that were not dissimilar from our given inspiration. While the storyline was great, what I was really taken with was the feeling of aged nostalgia the movie managed to conjure. There was a beautifully decayed sensibility to it and an awareness of how fleeting time can be. I wanted to capture something of that feeling in my earrings. The featured song, As Time Goes By, was meant to illustrate the relationship between Richard and Ilsa, but I thought it also perfectly epitomized the paradox of the world changing within a city of static agelessness.
For the earrings, I patinated hand embossed copper sheet as the focal point. I found this piece of metal in the scrap bin at the studio during my metalsmithing class and it reminded me of the intricate patterning in our inspiration. It was too pretty to be thrown away. I cut the piece in two and lightly dapped them into a domed shape. I wire-wrapped fancy loops and dangled a bit of czech glass with vintage finish before attaching to hand-formed earwires. I added a wire-wrapped leaf dangle to finish off the design because.. you know, I love leaves. I’m enchanted by decrepit buildings enveloped in tangles of vines; and it seemed an appropriate reminder that time goes by… and every moment is an ordinary miracle.
Blessings to you,