This month I accepted the challenge set by Erin of Tesori Trovati Jewelry and joined in the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop. First up, we had to decide on a region – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe or Oceania with the only rule being that you couldn’t choose the region where you live – living in Australia; Oceania was out for me. I choose Americas. Why? Because, I figured that not many other people would or could (if they live in that region). From here, I originally intended to pick one of the South American countries, but after giving it a little more thought I chose the USA.
In 2010, I spent a few weeks in the USA including time in the SouthWest where I fell in love with the predominantly coral red and turquoise colour palette and gained an appreciation for Native American history and art. I saw (and drooled over) many exquisite pieces of beadwork (both jewellery and clothing items) which were clearly a labour of love for the artists. I’m drawn to the simplicity yet striking beauty of the Native American art style and the geometric shapes and precision of their designs.
Inspired by the turquoise and coral red colour palette of the SouthWest USA and the Native American style, I’ve designed a fringe necklace. It includes sterling silver beads, seed beads in turquoise, red, silver and black and turquoise chips. It is strung on waxed lined cord and finished with a sterling silver toggle clasp.
To view the full list of participants in the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop go to Erin’s Treasures Found blog.