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This piece was designed for a beautiful bride; Narisa. Originally from Thailand her favourite flower is the Camellia as it reminds her of home. Narisa is an artist and interior designer who appriciates form and likes to put a contemporary and modernist thread into all her work. She has a huge appriciation of culture and history.
Narisa likes my contemporary take on ancient celtic patterns so the piece I designed for her applied my style to her favourite flower - the Camellia.



The Story
During my research I found out that the Camellia is sometimes referred to as the 'Winter Rose' and that it's full name is the 'Camellia Japonica' as it is native to Japan. This made the choice of flower even more appropriate as Narisa's now husband - is half Japanese, half Colombian. I decided to add the Colombian connection by sourcing the gold for her earrings from the COODMILLA mining project in La Llanada, in the department of Nariño, Colombia. (This mine is working towards Fairmined Eco status).
The earrings are set with a 4mm pale pink pearls sourced from a family run farm in China. I used these particular pearls because Narisa's father has Chinese ancestry. I choose to use Pearls as they are a traditional wedding gift dating back centuries - they are a symbol of purity, honesty an inonocence. Pearls are also considered lucky in Japan. The pale pink hue is in reference to the beautiful shades of pink and white of the Camellia's in Narisa's childhood garden.
The design; There is always a Celtic essence to my work, but as this was one of the main reasons Narisa came to me I put more emphasis on this. I later found out Narisa's Great Grandfather was Scottish - hence her love of Celtic patterns. The petal pattern has a base of three, which was an important number to the ancient Celts. It is then repeated three times - repetition is important to the Bhuddhist faith. The wedding was a traditional Bhuddhist ceremony so this seemed appropriate.
Parts of the pieces morph features from leaf to flower and then back again, depending on how it is viewed. The flower itself is based on a sphere, which is an important symbol in Bhuddhism. This also enabled me to make the flower look like it was in full bloom. In reference to a bride on her wedding day.
I tried to include as many influences as I could from past, present and future.