13 June 2010

...Celestial, Empyrean, Transcendental...

So.......! Here's how my mind works... A few weeks ago, the winner of my facebook competition Annabelle Loi came up with these delightful three words of inspiration:
Beautiful, evocative words that paint such a picture in my mind...  Here's how I get from a word to creating a piece........bear with me here - I'm just going to write how it goes for me - just *my* own personal interpretation based-up my intimate association with these words...

The first thing that comes to mind is movement - stars across a dark, midnight blue sky. A starlit journey. A mix of dark and light. Chiaroscuro. Sparkling, shimmering yet subtle and enigmatic.  Each word, to me, is both feminine and powerful.  Powerful does not have to be 'in your face' bold.  In this instance, the words conjure up a delicate female beauty in neutrals, perhaps interlaced with subtle blues.

'Movement' - how to create in a piece of jewellery?  'Journey' - fluid, organic form taking the eye from a to b... 'Midnight' blue.....iolite.  'Starlit'.......dotted sparkling gems along the pathway.  'Delicate and feminine' - soft, curling, meandering, circle, cluster.  The colors....white, black, greys, blue....... (chatoyant moonstone / white topaz / labradorite / opal / iolite / spinel / moss amethyst).  Oxidized silver for the most magical effect of course... Here's how this looked in my sketch book (you'll see my sketches are usually *just for me*!): 

Plan in place and with my head spinning with creativity I begin............... Silver, gemstones, torch, hammer, and a few hours of concentration (whilst listening to His Dark Materials) later - the Earrings are ready to drop into the alchemic potion that is LOS!   Well:  Here they are!  Annabelle - I hope you adore them - I hope they meet the picture you painted for me?  And - *thank you* so, so much for giving me such a well of inspiration. xxx

But....... running on adrenalin that I currently am, my brain doesn't know when to stop and journeys off into poet form and expands this imagery into a moonlit love-story, which I'd love to share...Obviously the title a play on a famous Shakespearean quote:
~Well Met by Moonlight~
Celestial bodies of glistening light
A bright supernova salutes the dark night
And far, far away in a thought and a dream
A soul grasps it's twin in a shimmering beam
A moondance
A sundance
Transcending dimension
Soft touches
Deep glances
Empyrean ascension
And there on a mountain of tourmaline green
Two spirits meet in a moment unseen.

So... that's me done. Three words - three amazing words and that's what happens.  ~Emily~ xx


  1. Wow, such gorgeous earrings that completely capture the feeling of those magical words...I loved getting a peek into your creative process, Emily! xo

  2. How fun to peer into your sketch book, Emily! The earrings are a masterpiece!

  3. Found u on FB - u are truly talented :) Love ur designs

  4. Amazing. I can barely grasp the fact that these are really mine and that three words can inspire such beauty. Love them, Emily! Xx

  5. What an amazing way to create and inspire yourself. I sort of think in the same way, but more in my head the only way I can make these thoughts come out is in the jewellery. You are great with words.. I love your poem!

    Thank you for sharing your creative process.

  6. Ems- LOVE THE POEM. You are a polymath. Amazing and beautiful too!Sam

  7. Emily, what a treat to glance into your sketchbook and bear witness to your creative process...thank you for sharing! I love the way you create a story with your jewellery. These delightful earrings are the embodiment of those inspiring words! And your lovely poem is just the icing on the cake, the final chapter of the story, if you will. Amazing and inspiring! Belinda -xo-

  8. I'm just blown-away by your work and your creativity. I read your World Artisan interview and you really are in a league of your own. "World Class"- no question. From one artist to another, I'm in awe. Besos. Jorge.

  9. Thank you ever-so much!!! I'm thrilled Annabelle loves her earrings and that you're enjoying the insight into my creative process. AND - thank you particularly for loving my poem... love ~E~xx

  10. Hi emily. Your jewelry is awesome. I'm a big fan and agree with the comment from jorge of 'world class'. your Poem is also incredible. Really moves me as it feels magic and pure too. thanks for sharing all this, it is special stuff. Rosa Carteri