BUNNY BESPOKE PENDANT
HOW I DESIGNED BUNNY
Working on this project was so enjoyable as Margaret’s son shares my love of nature, it was a very easy process to create a concept for his mother’s 70th birthday pendant.
I share Margaret’s love of the lake district and admiration for Beatrix Potter so this piece was very close to my heart too. Her nickname of ‘Bunny’ given to her at university gave me my starting point.
One of the first questions I ask bespoke clients when I’m given carte blanche is - what is your/the intended recipicient’s favourite flower? In this case the answer came back as ‘a wild rose’ which gave me the idea of using the wild rose as the tail of the bunny and giving the shape of the ears an element of the wild rose’s leaves. This led to me giving the bunny outline the shape of a wild rose’s branches so it looked like it had grown in that shape.
As a child I read all of Beatrix Potter’s books and I went back to them to look at her beautiful illustrations of Peter Rabbit and her other bunnies to influence the shape of my bunny pendant. I found the lovely watercolour you see in the inspiration gallery above looking at the back of all the bunnies. While I was scribbling in my sketch book I realised it was possible to create a double form where the pendant could be interpreted as the back of the bunny with the wild rose forming the tail and alternatively for it to look like just the head of the bunny and the wild rose is the nose in this instance. This became the design I evolved into the final pendant.
As a finishing touch a wrote a little Beatrix Potter style story to accompany the pendant telling the story of how Margaret Bunny used to take her boys to the lake district to teach them about the flora and fauna and to encourage them to burn off their mischevious energy by exploring and fishing with her and their father.
The Bunny pendant was created in pre certified eco gold from the COODMILLA mine in Colombia.