Here is a link to a lovely blog post about Gia Belloni jewellery, featured at the SnowPR AW13 press day. The blog is by Annie Million and is well worth perusing for it’s cool content! (I spent a good deal of time NOT getting on with what I should while losing time meandering around Annie’s blog!) Also a peek at the cool Belgian chocci bumblebee I used in the press packs, which has won the great taste gold award 4 years on the trot! (deservedly) xxx
I want….Fashion Rooftop feature – making me think of hazy heat filled days (with a splash of the sea)
A gorgeous spread of wants from Fashion Rooftop this month…. I am particularly agog at the Alexander McQueen clutch – I think it’s the most fabulous thing I’ve seen in studs! I really do want it. (and how well it goes with the Architect pendant!) A very nice array of colours, textures and prints to put me in mind of hazy heat filled days with a hint of maybe Morocco? (a hint…. slightly ethnic, don’t you think?)
$68 – pret-a-beaute.com
$100 – zalando.co.uk
$1,255 – harveynichols.com
$55 – riverisland.com
$1,250 – farfetch.com
$7.90 – topshop.com
A look created by ‘acts’ on ASOS fashion finder.
I’ve had quite a few people asking me about this piece, so have decided to give some insight into its conception. The full name, which has had to be abbreviated for the sake of practicality, is “Vision of the compound eye“.
The Colony collection has very obvious ties to the fascinating world of bees and where most other pieces are recognizable alongside each other, this piece stands slightly to one side. It IS connected though, perhaps not visually an obvious connection, you’ll see that it is a relevant connection. Bees have the compound eye that some may have seen detailed in the wonderful macro photography now possible (if you haven’t, see the below image of a bumble bee peeper).
If a single bee is eyeing you up, you will have a couple hundred eyes starting at you! Bees can see ultraviolet light that the human eye cannot see. The ultraviolet light uncovers colours and patterns in flowers that attract the bee to its source of pollen and nectar. The facts of compound eyes and bees is fascinating, but being a designer, you get creative licence to let your mind wander off into all sorts of ideas and thoughts that are triggered by uncovering such rich information & imagery!
I started thinking about the (theoretical) possibility of harnessing compound eye DNA and creating lenses that let you “see” things…. all sorts of things (so here is where I start to get a bit privately flouncy)…. Imagine “seeing” the intentions in people, or bodily health, or having night vision or ‘slo-mo’ vision. If body attachments could be created in the future that bond with you to imbue certain enhancements, like cosmetic surgery for abilities (before any scientific minds pull me right up on this, I KNOW it’s not feasible, hence the pre-warning of “artistic license”!). These are some of the thoughts that led to the development of this piece (and other pieces actually, but they are on standby).
So the ‘Vision‘ pendant is like an iris, with lashes and a compound pupil. I would like to do this in other colour’s too – green eyes, the much coveted violet eyes, grey eyes, golden eyes, red eyes perhaps. Leave comments on colour’s you might like to see this in!
A little insight, narrowed down, into the spawning of my design process. 🙂
That’s sometimes how it goes. Design development is the time when I am excited and creative about what might come about, when I’m looking forward to getting started and turning it all into actual tangible objects…. It’s why I do what I do….