With the rise of Art Nouveau so to came the focus on natural beauty; its flickering colours and almost mystical easel and brush painting truly wondrous creatures and dramatic forms to form the backdrop for the world!
Filling the minds of designers of the time, whom would transform the reality into fantastical quite often with an almost sultry and visually provocatively striking in their fruition.
In many ways, to me, these creations almost trumped the vibrancy and delicacy that nature originally provided. I would see such amazing and visually stunning designs produced by the artisan jewellers of the time, that in fact, in this instance, it was the jewellery that lead me to understand nature better and not the other way round which is so often the case.
Among the most depicted subjects was the dragonfly, sometimes created in new materials such as horn and often shown metamorphosing into a woman. One of the most striking and evocative me in particular the striking Lalique piece of jewellery, which was a truly spectacular and evocative dragonfly corsage ornament c.1897-98 made out of gold, enamel, chrysoprase, moonstones and diamonds!
In real life insect wings are thin and transparent, like cellophane, their strength provided by a framework of small tubular veins and in seeking to emulate this vibrant and delicate detail a process of what is called plique-a-jour enamelling was used in fantastic ways and colours to bring to life the natural vibrancy of these beautifully symbolic art works of nature.
I invite you to view some of my creations!
Ari Daniel Norman – Founder, Designer, Silversmith, lover of nature, family, adventure and life!!