Every month the Earrings Everyday blog hosts a design challenge based on a theme. This month the challenge allowed for a wide range of options. Built around the theme of an African Storyteller and the quilts of Africa there was much to select from. The quilt designs that were selected come from the Siddi peoples of Karnataka, a South Western part of India. They are descendants of early African immigrants and slaves brought to India by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. I chose this pattern for my inspiration.
The first pair of earrings I made pulled their colours from the greens, browns and pale creamy colours in the quilt.
The deep beige/cream stoneware charms, with brown flowers and stems, were created by Cindy Pack of Art & Soul, and the complementary green and brown ceramic mini beads come from Gaea Cannaday. The beads are strung on antiqued bronze square wire and hang from antiqued copper leverback ear wires. (I noticed an open loop that needs to be fixed before these are added to inventory, something to take care of tomorrow)
The second pair are inspired by the brighter colours in the quilt, pulling on the blue, red and white colours.
The sweet little porcelain flowers in red and white were gifted by Lesley Watt of Thea Elements and just arrived today in a parcel with her lovely art beads that I won the auction for on CBAM. I matched them with some deep blue beads from Andrew Thornton’s Endless Sky design kit. The leverback ear wires and wires used to make the earrings are all gunmetal
When the theme for this month was first announced I did struggle a little bit, but then I started to remember rag quilts my mother and grandmother made when I was a little girl. Those quilts kept us warm for many years and brought back many fond memories. It’s those memories that these earrings spring from.
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