Blue and Green Silk, 2015

In this collection I explored Kumihimo silk braiding and used the braids in necklaces and brooches. I reduced the scale and colour schemes of traditional Kumihimo braid patterns to adapt them to my work. They are made using dark blue / dark green and grey silk. The pattern on the two necklaces subtly changes and is only revealed upon closer examination. The braiding process takes time and requires attention and patience. Depending on the pattern, each braid is ca. 3-5 mm thick. The silver elements echo and accentuate the beautiful simplicity of the pattern of each braid. 

Necklace (90 cm x 5 mm, pods: 8 x 1.5 cm), grey/blue Kumihimo silk braid with changing zig-zag pattern. Moveable, textured open silver pods. (HBM012, ©2014)


Necklace (90 cm x 5 mm), grey/blue Kumihimo silk braid with changing pattern. Curved and straight fold-formed textured silver elements. (HBM011; ©2014)

Green and grey Kumihimo silk braided necklace with textured and patinated open silver pods and clasp at the back. Long necklace 60 cm, shorter one 45 cm. (HBM032; 2015)

 
 

 
 

Necklace (ca. 70 cm in length, braid Necklace (ca. 70 cm in total length; silk braid Ø 0.5 mm). Dark blue and grey Kumihimo silk braid with changing pattern, folded & textured silver front piece and textured & fold-formed silver neck part. (HBM023, ©2015)

 
 

Necklace (90 cm long; 2 x 3 mm x ~ 9 cm): textured silver, fold-formed & oxidized. (HBM004; ©2014)


 
 

Brooches

The following brooches also feature Kumihimo silk braids as described in the previous section in combination with silver, and most recently also stainless steel pins.

Green & grey Kumihimo silk braid and folded silver brooch (~ 6cm) with removable stainless steel pin and silver pin protector. (HBM034 & HBM034-R; 2015)

 
 

Green & grey Kumihimo silk braid and forged silver brooch (~ 15cm) and silver pin protector. (HBM030; 2015)

Brooch (silver part: 5.5cm x Ø 4 mm), dark green & grey / white & blue Kumihimo silk braid with changing pattern. Folded & textured silver piece and moveable braid to vary appearance of brooch. Various paper models for the silver piece. (HBM022; ©2015)

Brooch (11 cm x 5 mm): grey/blue Kumihimo silk braid with changing pattern. Textured silver elements and moveable braid to vary appearance of brooch. (HBM020; ©2014)

Brooch (ca. 17 cm overall length, silk braid Ø 0.5 mm, large silver piece ca. 6.5 cm x 1 cm). Dark blue and grey Kumihimo silk braid with changing pattern, folded & textured & oxidized silver parts. (HBM026, ©2015)

Brooch (6 x 6.5 cm), textured, fold-formed silver, round carved slate. (HBM006; ©2014)

Brooch (6x3cm),textured, oxidised. (HBM016, © 2014)


Rings

Textured rings with various fold-formed and oxidized elements at the top. (HBM005; ©2014; HBM003; ©2014; HBM031B, © 2015; HBM031C, © 2015; HBM031D © 2015)

Silver ring, textured and folded metal tube at the top. (HBM031A; ©2015)

Ring (top ca. 3.5 cm in length). Folded & textured silver oval top and textured shank. (HBM024, ©2015)

Earrings

Textured, patinated and fold-formed long silver earrings. (HBM033A,B,C; D, © 2015)

Differently sized and shaped textured & folded silver earrings. (HBM028A, B, C, D 2015)