Thursday, 21 November 2013

Wycked Pretty Things. Shop of the Week no.5.

Every Saturday a new shop of the week is chosen by the previous shop of the week from the number of treasuries made for the. This week that honour belongs to Michaela and Roxanne from Wycked Pretty Things. This is the winning treasury.

Taking a peek into Wycked Pretty Things, I am struck immediately by the apparent simplicity of each design, but the way the jewellery is made, and the colours used, give it a uniqueness and freshness, and makes me want to pick it up and wear it now...right now. So what about the artists behind this lovely shop?

                     Lavender and Gold Tree of Life Bracelet

Tell us a little about yourself and your work
Roxanne and I are a mother and daughter team. Roxanne has been a painter for the past thirty years and I (Michaela) was raised in a house amongst her and my farther who is a red smith – giving me the idea to combine talents. We both love colour and art, and think making jewellery is a way to display art on the physical form.

What inspires your work?
Our work is inspired by nature. We believe the most beautiful colour combinations are found naturally in the shades of blue in a glacier, the pinks and greens of a meadow etc.

What are your favourite colours?

We love burgundy and gold as well as cerulean blues and purples.

                           Blue and Green Celtic Cross Bracelet

What is your favourite medium/material?
My favourite medium is bronze/copper for welding (second to paint/pastel) while Roxanne prefers acrylic paint.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
Our favourite holiday destination is St Augustine, Florida, where we can never get enough of the historical district.

          Blue Abstract Suncatcher

What other artists work to you admire and aspire to? We greatly admire an array of artists, however our favourites include for Roxanne; H.R. Gigers’ work as well as the abstract creations of Jackson Pollock that she draws a large amount of her inspiration from. For me I am largely influenced by the fantasy-like, dark art of Anne Stokes and was inspired to begin painting by the work of Vincent van Goch (particularly Starry Night).

What are you most proud of?
For both of us we can confidently say that we are most proud of the fact that our art makes people happy; when we see customers smile, know that our work is a birthday gift etc. Nothing makes us happier than knowing something we love is spreading joy, and we are most proud of that.

                   Blue and Black Gothic Celtic Knot Earrings

                         Purple Octopus Tentacle Bracelet

Thank you Roxanne and Michaela for taking part in this. I love how your work is inspired by nature. There is an old saying here 'Pink and Green should ne'er be seen' Well I heartily disagree with that. If that were true, we wouldn't see pink flowers in a meadow would we? If it's good enough for mother nature, its absolutely fine with me.

To visit Wycked Pretty Things, just click here                                                     

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