I finally finished the skirt I showed in progress in last week’s post. I changed the decoration slightly but went with the black Broderie Anglais trim.
I wore it yesterday on a visit with a friend to the Fitzwilliam Museum, it’s a while since my last visit and every time I go back I’m reminded of how much I love it there.
It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday, so perfect for the Spring clothes I wore, first time this year that I haven’t worn a winter coat! It was warm and the grass had just been cut, Henry Moore’s sculpture (Hill Arches) is just visible to the right of the right hand photograph.
The galleries containing the Egyptian collection are my favourites. It’s these that we were there to look at.
I love the ancient Egyptian colour palette , especially the faience, with it’s beautiful blue lustre. This together with the copper alloys that had oxidised over time, combines to produces the effects that inspire me and that I love.
The necklace above is from the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fichburg, Massachusetts, USA. I’ve included it to show the detail and colour of a faience necklace from the 26th – 30th Dynasty (about 2350 – 2680 years ago).
I took the photograph of the display below at the Fitzwilliam yesterday.
After spending time looking at the Egyptian artefacts and following this with those from Ancient Greece (a few examples are shown in the photo’s above), we headed to the cafe, where I had some very tasty mushroom and tarragon soup, whilst I wouldn’t normally mention such a small detail, it was wonderful, it tasted like a bowlful of summer and smelt divine.
We had a good natter and caught up with each other, browsed the gift shop, then wandered upstairs to have a quick look at an exhibition of British studio pottery, before each of us headed home.
Once back, I made a necklace, inspired by what I had seen:
I used copper, which I oxidised using a hard boiled egg, chopped finely and placed in a bag over night with the necklace, placed close to but not touching the egg.
I had read about this technique when searching online for ways to oxidise copper that weren’t toxic but I didn’t expect it to work so well and so quickly.
The small bowl I photographed it in, on the left, I made at school. These are obviously colours I’ve always been drawn to.
Hoping you enjoy the rest of the week.