Friday, August 19, 2011

A Collaboration with Artist Merle Pace

Recently my dear friend, Merle, a talented artist, printmaker, photographer, jewelry-maker and doll-maker extraordinaire, asked if she could incorporate some of my jewelry designs into a series of photos she was shooting. The results turned out so beautifully I had to share them on the blog! 
Merle is known for her dramatic portraits, many of them self-portraits, with saturated colors and rich costuming. I love how each series has a distinctive character and story being told by the use of costuming, colors and props. 

"Each piece brought a certain 'character' to mind for me--I wanted to show how these pieces could be inspired by the rich and lush jewelry of the past but also show how a modern bride or anyone could wear them today."

This series of photos has Merle wearing my Monarch Butterfly Necklace.
 "The piece of lace I am wearing on my head is really old (a piece saved from a textile collection). It is so gorgeous--ivory lace trimmed with black velvet. I am also wearing a really old white cotton lace top. I envisioned this as a gypsy and bohemian bride."  

Hylas and the Nymphs
In this series, Merle is wearing a seafoam green silk medallion necklace of mine, and was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painting "Hylas and the Nymphs" by J.W. Waterhouse. You can see the influence in the orange and green color scheme and the flowing hair.

La Belle Dame
For this series, Merle envisioned my Belle Dame Necklace being worn by "a glamorous bride, but with a vintage feel--like a bride you would see in an old photograph."

For this series, Merle said she was inspired by the idea of incorporating black as an accent in a wedding. She is wearing my Sidonia Earrings, and pairs them with black lace, an Empire waisted gown and a classic setting for what she calls a "Regency Wedding" style.

My Violaine Necklace also inspired two very different series. According the Merle, "for the Violaine, I felt it needed a really regal setting, which is why I had Lorrisa wear a white wedding gown and purple velvet coat. Violaine is just such a strong piece, I thought that the photos should be taken in a way to show that off.  I also took a few of myself wearing the necklace with vintage lace to show a softer side of the design."

A big thank you to Merle for allowing some of my jewelry pieces to be a part of her wonderful photography!
Be sure to check out all of Merle's beautiful work here:

All photos used with kind permission from the artist. Model credit: Merle Pace and Lorissa Byely