War Collar Three: The Don’t Mess With Me Collar

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This piece is another which has been looking for a home.  I made the piece on a workshop at Heartspace Studios with Basil Kardasis in 2012.  I’ve noted before that I love things that are really heavy with beads and this little sample definitely is.  I could have mounted it as a piece in its own right, but I always felt that it wanted to be worn.  So finally I made it up into this very large amulet.  It does have a flavour of tribal beadingimages-11 images-10 images-7

but as I was thinking about it, I thought it was also very much influenced by those enormous macrame beaded neckpieces from the 1970s:

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These are from a wonderful book I picked up for 50p from a second-hand bookshop (thrift store):

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I have always loved big clunky flashy jewellery with lots of things hanging off, and this piece is flashy.

I made the rolled fabric beads and mixed them with commercial beads, which I think works really well:

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and I kept to quite a restricted rich palette:

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and then added a bead necklace in the bargain bin at the supermarket as the neck strap.

The back is atrocious, though:

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A bit of cotton velvet against the skin.

This piece is basically an amulet to ward off anything that needs warding off, basically!  I loved making it, so possibly it protects by giving off positive energy rather than anything more sinister.

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One thought on “War Collar Three: The Don’t Mess With Me Collar

  1. This is another strong piece Ann. I remember macrame belts but not the neckpieces. I like the way you repurpose your work and the historic ties are important as well.

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