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Atomic Stardust

Atomic Stardust Textile necklace

So what happens when you’re given some deep violet satin and  simultaneously discover that Ultra Violet is the Pantone colour of the year for 2018?

The Pantone introduction to Ultra Violet

“UltraViolet is an enigmatic purple shade that evokes the inventive spirit and imaginative thinking that challenges the status quo. A spiritual, cosmic hue, Ultra Violet pushes the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future. “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Loving non-conformism

Sarah Young of The Independent.co.uk said “…for superior style inspiration, you’re going to want to stick to those who wore the shade with a nuance of nonconformity.”  Think, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Prince.

That said, it’s also a colour associated with many public figures as diverse as  Queen Elizabeth and Karlie Kloss, Hilary Clinton and Beyonce.

Before we get too carried away let’s make one thing clear.  Violet is not purple.  It’s a pure colour of the spectrum while purple is “made” using blue and red.  And if we want to be scientifically correct we have to acknowledge that we can’t even actually see ultra violet because it’s outside of the visible spectrum.  But Pantone didn’t let that fact stand in the way of a fabulous name which is really cool.

ATOMIC STARDUST USD165

Not everyone will feel comfortable stepping out in this powerful piece but for the modern woman who likes to stamp her style on the world this is the perfect adornment.  The detailing is exceptional as you can see very clearly by clicking on the pictures below.

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Black Stars Textile Choker

textile necklace, beaded choker

Textile necklace with a touch of magic

This striking little choker fastens at the back with an understated sterling silver clasp specially made by South African jeweller Amy Sinovich.  One of the problems creating quality products in South Africa is the limited supply of materials and components.  In this case I could only buy cheap clasps and they ruined the piece.  Amy quickly picked up on what I needed and created this perfect solution.  Take a look at her Instagram page to see the delicate and beautiful work she makes.

The limited but striking palette of red and black with a touch of blue is not out of the ordinary but the delicate hand embroidery and bead work embellishments add a touch of magic that sometimes goes unnoticed until revealed by closer inspection.

I’ve used black Dupioni silk and a contrasting red African wax fabric with hints of black.  The silk is a rarity in South Africa – you can no longer go into Cape Town fabric shops and buy some but have to order.  This is very problematic as I can no longer browse and carefully select and am forced to order in large quantities – but this is a problem for the future.  Sometimes the problems lead to exciting solutions and I’m sure I’ll find one!

An unusual bead

The seed beads I’ve used are the ones that are used by most bead artists in Africa and I believe they are made in Japan.  The focal bead is somewhat unusual.  I bought it a few years ago when we had access to a much greater variety of beads.  It is a glass lampwork bead made  in India.  A real beauty, probably produced in the 1970’s.

Easy to Wear

This piece is very light and extremely easy to wear.  It would look fabulous with denim and a teeshirt for very casual wear or with the ubiquitous little black dress.  Or simply let your imagination run free.