RMIT Year 3, Semester 1, Jewellery #2

20 10 2012

Third year, first semester, Jewellery #2: Ring for a Grandmother

The second piece in this group is: ‘Ring for Grandmother, Barbara, 1612′.

Made for: Barbara Schwarz, nee Mangold  (1507 – unknown). This is the same person as ‘Ring for Mother, Barbara, 1542‘.

Matthäus married Barbara in 1538.  They had a son Veit Conrad Schwartz.

Premise:  Veit’s son has commissioned a design for a ring in honour of his Grandmother, in the style of the day.  The late 1500s and early 1600s is the height of the Elizabethan fashion, dominated by extravagance, pearls and lace.  The lace ruff signifies the wealth of the individual, with only the richest owning more than one.

The portrait below was the key image of this work and shows a lace collar from the period.

image from: Earnshaw, Pat. Lace in Fashion – from the Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries, BT Batsford, London, 1985

I started to play with craft mesh to get a feel for the construction of the folds, and decided to stay with the material. This was a departure from my usual approach to making; this time I was making with a light touch and in response to the material. This wasn’t meant to be a ‘serious’ collection.

Finished collection:

Grandmother rings; image not to be reproduced without permission

Grandmother rings; image not to be reproduced without permission

Then I got a bit carried away and made a brooch too!

Grandmother collection; image not to be reproduced without permission

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 3, Semester 1, Jewellery #1
… see more projects from RMIT Year 3 here


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