|Lirope the Bright|
I was so excited when I came upon a source for collage sheets of illustrations from my favorite artists who painted during the Golden Age of Illustration. I love getting lost in the stories and the characters come vividly to life in my imagination, spurred by these gorgeous images. To be able to design something to wear from their gorgeous illustrations is a true treat.
One of my favorite artists from that time is Warwick Goble, who immortalized Lirope for us all in his illustration for the poem, Lirope the Bright, in The Book of Fairy Poetry, published in 1920. Isn't it fantastic that we have free access to some of the greatest and most beautiful works of all time online! Openlibrary.org is a wonderful resource for reading, especially before bedtime.
Here's an excerpt from the poem, Lirope the Bright written by Michael Drayton -
"What form she pleased each thing would take
That e'er she did behold;
Of pebbles she could diamonds make,
Gross iron turn to gold.
Such power there with her presence came
Stern tempests she allayed;
The cruel tiger she could tame,
The raging torrents stayed."
I love that Lirope was not only beautiful, but also full of gentle strength. What a wonderful ally to keep close.
|Necklace is made of double strand seed beads and crow beads|
|Fluffy fringe whose pattern changes with the wearer's movement|
|Here's how the back looked when I first began.|
|And here's how the finished back looks with soft forest green ultrasuede.|
|Starburst pattern pulling out the colors in the image surrounds the cabochon.|
Length of necklace - 21 inches
Total length of necklace to tip of fringe - 26 inches
Here's to celebrating beauty and strength, one of my favorite combinations!