Earth Amulets

These amulets celebrate the Earth and our life on it. They remind us that we are interconnected with everything – air, water, stones, plants, other animals… and that we should strive to understand and accept our existence as a part of the whole living system.
The aim of each amulet is to hold the energy of a focal object, so it could be consciously received and directed by the wearer. Lace design follows simple rules of sacred geometry, guiding the concentration inwards or outwards. While the Amulets can be perceived as a beautiful jewellery, their main function lies in the realm of invisible.

Gaia Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, turquoise, carnelian
Technique: Plaited lace with leaf tallies

Dark Earth Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, serpentine, calcite
Technique: Plaited lace with leaf tallies

Wind Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, peacock feather, swarovski crystals
Technique: Tape lace

Thunder Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, 14kt gold, labradorite, onyx necklace
Technique: Free-form tape lace

 

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Genoese Scallop Pendant

Genoese Scallop Pendants are inspired by bold and beautiful patterns of the Genoese laces.
Lace made in Genoa was very popular in the Renaissance fashion. Wide scalloped patterns were firmly rooted in a sacred geometry of the early Renaissance, which gave them a mysterious strength and rare beauty. This was lace of choice for the famous standing and falling collars that supported many royal heads of the European courts of the 17th century.

Genoese lace is uniquely suited for original lace jewellery. The patterns, which did not loose any of their magic and still evoke a regal connection, bestow the quality of one-of-a-kind heirloom.

Material: Fine silver, gold plated with 24kt gold, with garnet (left) or fresh water pearls (right).

Gold Genoese Scallop Pendants

Gold Genoese Scallop Pendants

Material: Enamelled copper with onyx (left) or labradorite (right)

Black Genoese Scallop Pendant

Black Genoese Scallop Pendant

Material: Fine silver with watermelon tourmaline (left) or moonstone (right)

Silver Genoese Scallop Pendant

Silver Genoese Scallop Pendant

All but one in private collections.

Photography: Kenji Nagai

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Large Black Chantilly Necklace

Large Chantilly Necklace

Large Chantilly Necklace

Material: Copper – enamelled and gold-plated, swarovski crystals
Technique: Chantilly lace
Size: 48cm x 25cm x 2cm

This necklace was created for the International Lace Award Competition organized by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia. It was selected among finalists and was exhibited in the Powerhouse Museum “Love Lace” exhibition in 2012 – 2013. The Chantilly Necklace as acquired for Powerhouse Museum Jewellery Collection and exhibited in a prestigious exhibition A fine possession: Jewellery and identityfrom 24 September 2014 – 20 September 2015.

“The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is delighted to present its most ambitious jewellery exhibition ever staged. Spanning millennia of jewellery history across continents and cultures:

A fine possession celebrates the central place of jewellery in our lives, from antiquity to the present-day, through a sumptuous selection of jewellery made, worn and collected in Australia, displaying over 700 rarely seen treasures.

“This stunning exhibition brings together objects from the Museum’s own rich collection that have rarely or never been seen, alongside prized possessions from a range of private and public collections from Australia and overseas,” said Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director, Rose Hiscock.

A fine possession Curator Eva Czernis-Ryl says the exhibition will appeal to anyone with “an interest in creative jewellery from different periods and cultures, and in objects of intimate beauty that enchant, surprise and stimulate the imagination”.  …. read the full article


Artist’s statement:

“I fell in love with Chantilly lace at the first sight. The black lace took my breath away and became my ‘dentelle fatale’. I love the irregular free-flowing patterns and shading of fine black silk. I love the feminine beauty and sensuality of the designs.

I consider this lace to be one of the finest achievements of the French fine crafts. It symbolizes the maturity, independence and refinement reached by the French in the Age of Enlightenment. A spirit of that era lives on in Chantilly lace – in preserved antique pieces as well as their modern reincarnations of contemporary machine-made lace. Chantilly’s timeless beauty keeps inspiring artists and designers, generation after generation.

In my own work, Chantilly lace continues to be the most difficult technique. The traditional patterns were designed for extremely fine silk, and it is a true challenge to adapt them for metalwork. I use very fine black-enamelled wire to re-create the delicacy of lace in a three-dimensional form. Following simple outlines and filling the shapes with an open half-stitch weave often poses technical questions that have to be solved creatively. Inevitably, not two pieces are the same, as they grow rather organically. Completed lace is layered, shaped and finished as jewellery.

Chantilly lace technique is rare in jewellery making. Nevertheless, it is highly suitable for creating unique, one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces. As a lacemaker, I find it highly rewarding to participate in the continuous  progress of Chantilly lace.”

Photography: Marinco Kojdanovski, MAAS, and Peter Flynn Niznansky

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Black Chantilly Pendants

Traditional Chantilly lace designs are the embodiment of delicacy, refinement and beauty. Their floral compositions offer an endless inspiration. I love Chantilly, it is my favourite lace. It always invites me to create. Projected into the three-dimensional space, the flowers and bouquets become alive in pendants, rings and necklaces. A difficult technique to master in metal, Chantilly also constantly challenges my skills and my patience. Each piece is a long journey, and at the end there is no better reward than to see how Chantilly lace jewellery accentuates the beauty of women who wear it.

Material: Black enamelled copper, swarovski crystals

Black Chantilly Pendants

Black Chantilly Pendants

Photography: Kenji Nagai

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Silver Chantilly Necklace

Traditional Chantilly lace designs are the embodiment of delicacy, refinement and beauty. Their floral compositions offer an endless inspiration. I love Chantilly, it is my favourite lace. It always invites me to create. Projected into the three-dimensional space, the flowers and bouquets become alive in pendants, rings and necklaces. A difficult technique to master in metal, Chantilly also constantly challenges my skills and my patience. Each piece is a long journey, and at the end there is no better reward than to see how Chantilly lace jewellery accentuates the beauty of women who wear it.

Material: Sterling silver with swarovski crystals

 

Silver Chantilly Necklace

Silver Chantilly Necklace

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Genoese Scallop Large Necklace

Genoese Scallop Collection is inspired by bold and beautiful patterns of the Genoese laces.
Lace made in Genoa was very popular in the Renaissance fashion. Wide scalloped patterns were firmly rooted in a sacred geometry of the early Renaissance, which gave them a mysterious strength and rare beauty. This was lace of choice for the famous standing and falling collars that supported many royal heads of the European courts of the 17th century.

Genoese lace is uniquely suited for original lace jewellery. The patterns, which did not loose any of their magic and still evoke a regal connection, bestow the quality of one-of-a-kind heirloom.

Material: Fine silver with garnet beads

Genoese Scallop Large Necklace

Genoese Scallop Large Necklace

In private lace collection.

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Venetian Necklaces

Venetian Plaited Lace is one of the earliest handmade bobbin lace techniques, with origins dating back to the 16th century. Surviving books of patterns document early stages of the craft, and show the ingenuity of the first designers. With just a few pairs of bobbins they were able to create lace edgings of impressive variety and lasting beauty.

“Creative spirit is inherent in lace techniques – in that respect, lace is truly a daughter of the Renaissance.”

Venetian lace is an ideal technique for metal medium. Original patterns can be used as they are, without any adjustment. They are suitable for beginners, but they offer a lot of inspiration to the advanced lacemakers as well. We are lucky to have access to a wonderful book of early Venetian lace patterns, “Le Pompe”, which was originally published in Venice in year 1559 (facsimile with introduction by Santina M. Levey, technical section by Patricia C. Payne, drawings by Bridget M. Cook, 1983). Many patterns for my necklaces come from there.

Venetian Spires Necklace
Material: Fine silver with shell beads, silk ribbon

Venetian Necklace

Venetian Necklace

Venetian Choker
Material: Blue-enamelled copper, glass seed beads, silk ribbon

Venetian Choker

Venetian Choker

Photography: Kenji Nagai

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