Thursday, July 23, 2015

JAC June Challenge - Landscape at Collioure

The June challenge at the Jewelry Artisans Community was to create a design based on the painting "Landscape at Collioure" by Henry Matisse.  Because the painting didn't "speak" to many of us, it turned out to be a rather challenging challenge, but as always, the talented members of the JAC community came through.

This is the painting:

Carina of Violetmoon made a bracelet a few years ago with beads that reminded her of the painting, but she no longer had any of the beads left.  Her solution was to update the bracelet with these beautiful wire wrapped details.  So lovely!

Caroline of The Crafty Chimp submitted this fabulous design.  She said that all of the little brush strokes in the painting made her think of the colors of the beads in this Daydreamer bracelet.  Wonderfully done!

For my entries, I used these fantastic hand formed beads that I believe are made of clay.  The colors and textures immediately made me think of the primitive nature of the painting.  The whimsy double strand connector also reminded me of the painting.

Using the same beads, I also made this simpler one strand bracelet.  Love these beads and wish I could find more.

All of the entries definitely show the influence of the painting.  I always look forward to seeing what the talent at JAC will come up with for these monthly challenges and they never disappoint!