Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Persephone - my new neckpiece

I have created a neckpiece inspired by the myth of Persephone. Flowers woven from tiny beads and rich bead embroidery make a very pretty piece. I found some wonderful glass chips that remind me so much of the pomegranate seeds Persephone ate. I learned some new techniques whilst making this, a picot edge to the bead embroidery just suited it, also the reducing of the strap at the back presented a challenge. I used Beadsmith Fireline thread to secure the flowers and leaves. Originally developed for fishermen, it is very strong, but virtually invisible. This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m impressed with it. Many blissful hours of work have gone into Persephone, I thought very carefully about the position of all the flowers, I'm glad that I decided on an asymmetrical design, it suits the nature inspired theme perfectly.

Painting of Persephone by Rosetti
Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Demeter, who was the goddess of the harvest refused to let her daughter marry. Zeus on the other hand thought it was time for Persephone to take a husband and he ordered Eros, the god of love to shoot Hades, the king of the underworld with one of his arrows. Hades, smitten with Persephone as a result, bore her away to the underworld to be his queen. Demeter was distraught at the loss of her daughter and caused the crops to fail and famine to sweep the earth. Zeus eventually asked Hades to return Persephone, but because she had eaten some pomegranate seeds in the underworld, she has to return to her husband Hades for part of the year. I like to imagine that she is happy to return to him, and allow the different seasons on earth.  

It occurs to me that Persephone would wear very different clothes during her time in the underworld. After a few months in girlie flowery garments she is probably pleased to put on something black, stylish and with a hint of the gothic! I may well have to make another darker version for her that would suit her other persona.


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