I am finally home after nearly three weeks in Europe. Past of the reason for the trip was to attend the EuroSynergy Conference in Bordeaux. I rekindled many friendships, made some new friends, attended fabulous programs and mostly tried to keep my head from exploding with all the artistic influences, new products, wonderful people and the inspiring and informative program the conference offered.
One of the highlights for me, however, was meeting Jude Parker and seeing her big, bold, colorful jewelry. Jude, who was attending Synergy with her mother Ann Parker is from Sanderstead, England just south of London where Ann has a business selling craft supplies called Monkey Ann. Visit the web site here.
Jude’s work is large, colorful and light because it is composed of hollow forms. It is big and bold and she carries off the look beautifully. Here she is modeling some of her creations.
This neck piece has a fabric-like feeling to it , but it is all cane work and deceptively light because it is hollow. I love the limited palate. Jude made the findings because she will never find ready-made clasps for the scale of jewelry she creates.
You can see Jude wearing the neck piece in the above picture. Below are some close ups of her jewelry.
I will write more about Synergy in the weeks to come. Tomorrow I am head to Connecticut for Clay ConneCTion 2016