Vanitas is a genre of still life painting that depicts symbolic objects such as overripe fruit or fading flowers as a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life.
The beautiful paradox of these paintings is that contrary to their message about the futility of earthly pleasure the objects are often painted with a clear delight in their appearance.
I made this necklace to look like something out of such a still life. Heavy with juicy, dark red garnets it's formed from pleated layers of organza - one layer dyed with yellow cosmos and the other with elderberries. Where the orange shows through the dark purple it gives the material the look of iridescent shot silk. The eldeberry colour is likely to fade to brown as it ages continuing the theme of transience.
This idea has been hatching for over a year and then it came together quite quickly during one day and a night when the baby's kicks kept me awake. Sorry to say I'm not letting go of this one so it won't be for sale but I'd like to make something similar again.