I don’t really remember what inspired me to make these. I just know that at some point I was at the art store, stocking up on thread and ribbons. And look at me now! I just opened my very first Etsy shop! My first little batch of chokers–and I mean little; I’ve only made four of these so far–was inspired by poetry and beautiful words. I hope to build on this collection very soon. It would mean the world to me if you could check out my shop!
Two of the chokers, using deep red thread, are hand-embroidered with the phrase “violent delights,” taken from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Since the lace collar is a very Victorian style, and I tend to like spooky things, I knew I wanted to make a few pieces that were a little more…violent-looking, if you will. On one version I learned to make sweet little roses, and on the other I attached some loose threads that look almost like trails of blood. The other two chokers were inspired by the California super-bloom. I wanted to make some pieces that looked super folk-y and cute, and I just knew I needed include some of my favorite quotes about flowers. I previously showed you my e. e. cummings one. This is one of my favorite poems in the whole world. My other flower choker features a line from my favorite Tom Petty song “Wildflowers.”
As always, I am still learning! I’m just so excited I finally did this. I’ve wanted to sell my work for a long time, I just never think it is up to snuff. But sometimes, you gotta just go for it, right? Hopefully I get some more stuff up soon, maybe some of my prints and other dabblings.