E N C H A N T E D . P O M E G R A N A T E . B R A N C H . N E C K L A C E
Created especially for a cultural exchange pop-up event in Hankyu Department Store, Osaka, this mini collection was designed in response to an "identity box' sent to me by my exchange partner, Japanese fashion brand RBTCXO. Amongst the pile of objects & ephemera in the box was a small dried pomegranate, a large stuffed patchwork banana, an iridescent vinyl wristband, some monochrome drawings of birds and a bag of assorted googly eyes. Though literally a mixed bag of components, I translated these motifs in to a collection of enchanted fruit adornments in a classic Rosita Bonita mould, but incorporated new-to-me materials to reflect RBTXCO's playful and textural designs. Natural meets unnatural, soft meets hard, matt meets high shine, beauty meets humour and tradition meets the future.
The centrepiece of the collection, this necklace has a tale to tell, is a feast of textures and detail, but is dainty enough to be highly wearable, day or night.
A sweeping branch is cut from thick, smooth forest green leather. Pomegranates in dappled pink & red leather are printed with shimmering holographic foil, bursting with magical seeds in a bewitching bright blue. Perched amongst sculpted silk blooms and a patchwork of leaves are a pair of hungry little birds, etched in to pearl lucite, with tiny beaks of blue.
Leather Branch approx 145mm wide, weighing 23g
Leather (cow, pig & goat hide), Acrylic, vinyl leatherette, mother of pearl, glass & chalcedony beads, gold plated brass chain & findings.