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
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.
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.
Atomic Stardust textile necklace is currently RESERVED.
The inspiration for this choker comes from the beautiful Ghanaian star beads made from recycled glass. They are much more difficult to source than the spherical ones so an exciting find. I’ve used a very fresh and pretty shweshwe (100% cotton) made by the Three Cats factory in East London, South Africa.
Shweshwe is becoming increasingly popular with international tourists visiting South Africa which is great because local textile shops are stocking a greater variety in order to meet the demand and this means that I have more to chose from too! However the price has gone up by 100% since I first started using it just over two years ago.
I’ve used hemp yarn for the binding. I can only get the hemp in it’s natural creamy shade so I hand dye it specially for each necklace to get exactly the colour I want. Such are the daily problems faced by craftspeople in Africa. The positive side is that we are forced to find our own creative solutions!
The beautiful brass beads are made by hand in Ghana using the very labour intensive lost wax method.
The choker looks fabulous worn with the fastener as a feature in the front, to the side or behind the neck and at 147 grams (slightly more than a quarter of a block of butter) it’s really light and easy to wear.
If your neck is 34/35cm in circumference or under, then Sea Star will fit you perfectly.
Vibrant red is a colour much favoured by the Maasai people, a semi-nomadic people of Tanzania and Kenya and the dominant colour in this piece which is made from 100% cotton isishweshwe and wax fabric. The central bead in the pendant is a found vintage ivory bead and the central tandleton is encircled with “silver” prayer beads from Ethiopia.
Please contact me for more information about this neck adornment.