Folksy shop repopulated

by Suw on August 11, 2009

I haven’t had much of a chance to play with Folksy recently that I’d totally failed to spot that my shop there was empty. Items listed on Folksy are there for a limited time – six months I think – after which they get ‘delisted’. I just re-listed 12 items, but have a whole bunch more that I need to get photos of and list. This is one of them, my Elizabeth Brydges necklace:

Elizabeth Brydges
There are a bunch of other photos on Flickr. Most of my stuff is up for between £14 and £20, but this one goes for £45 as it’s a bit of a challenge to make!

Kevin and I went to the V&A today to go to their new jewellery gallery. I was hoping for some inspiration, but I have to admit that I was rather disappointed. The gallery is a small space, admittedly, but they’ve done nothing more imaginative than pin a bunch of jewels to a black background. Can’t we do better than that?

I would have liked to see some illustrations of how some of these items would have looked in situ. We don’t have breast jewels and stomachers these days, and it’s not entirely clear to me how they were usually worn. There was also some regional jewellery, such as wedding necklace from Spain and a headdress from the Netherland, that were entirely opaque in their mode of wearing. We really could have done with a bust with the headdress (or a replica) fitted as it would have been worn so that we could see exactly how the pieces fitted together.

But no, instead we got cabinets with stuff in. I really thought the V&A would have more imagination than that.

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