I have mentioned Ronit Florence's work in a couple of previous posts, and really wanted to share some of it here. The most recent has been a necklace in memory of Oreo. Oreo, as I mentioned earlier, has been her furry baby for many years, and recently passed away. I had designed some patterns for her, based on pics of both her furry babies.
Here's one of the patterns I did:
Here's the gorgeous necklace based on the pattern:
Most of the things I admire about Ronit's work can be seen in this piece. She really takes a basic pattern and adds lots of personal touches. Look at what the pattern looked like to begin with, and then see the things Ronit did to personalize the piece. This piece also has a lot of flexability in how it is worn.
The original pattern has a peach back ground, but the final work has a turquoise background. Also the number of colours in Oreo's fur was reduced a bit to give a stronger image. I try to keep numbers limited, but sometimes don't limit them them as much as is possible. Also the fringe coming from the bottom gives the simple square more shape and definition as a pendant.
It's really important to not be afraid to try something not in the pattern, to change colours, omit colours,. Try different styles of beaded necklaces to compliment the pendant. Don't be afraid of making a mistake -- That's really how you learn and stretch your abilities. Do things you like to add a bit of yourself to every piece.
I mentioned above the flexibility of this piece. One thing Ronit does in most of her work is to have the necklace attach to each side of the pendant. This lets her change out the necklace - or wear the necklace without the pendant. Also, notice the section of peyote on the left side of the necklace -- that too is removable and can be worn as a separate bracelet or part of the necklace as a whole. This gives a lot of flexability to the piece.