May 13, 2011

Ferndale Boheme and Wood Ward

 Today I have another couple of Michigan Mix & Match themed necklaces from my Rust Belt Market booth to show you! Above is "The Ferndale Boheme" which is a leafy ceramic pendant paired with leafy charms which hang from a brassy ring and are worn on an organic looking recycled Sari ribbon. The Rust Belt Market is in the city of Ferndale, which is full of fashionable people and young hipsters.  This necklace captures the feel of some of the relaxed hippie-like and vintage clothing styles I have seen on the streets.  I can see this necklace layered with others on a gal wearing a long breezy skirt.  This week at the market, I will have more leaf charms, some of which I will be hand painting in various subtle colors, so I think I will be making many more variations in this style.

This necklace is called "The Wood-Ward", a play on the wood like texture of the component in the center.  I wanted to mix the lumber motif with some leaves and layered arrows, bringing natural and industrial looking elements together.  The arrows remind me of something on a road sign, map, or compass, which is relevent to the concept of this necklace. Rust Belt Market is on Woodward Avenue, a significant highway in the metro Detroit area.  Here is some interesting info about Woodward from Wikipedia:

"Many of Detroit's most important cultural fixtures are located on Woodward in downtown Detroit, including the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Ford Field. Farther north, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University, and the College for Creative Studies are located on Woodward Avenue. In Oakland County, the important cities of Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Birmingham, including the Detroit Zoo, are centered on Woodward Avenue.
The Woodward Dream Cruise takes place on Woodward Avenue between Pontiac and Ferndale in Oakland County during the middle of summer. The annual event draws thousands of classic car owners and admirers from all over the United States and the world to the Metro Detroit area to celebrate Detroit's automotive history. The event evokes nostalgia of the 1950s and '60s, when it was common for young drivers to "cruise" with their cars on Woodward Avenue."

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

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