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Hello there,

I'm back from my holiday to Italy and feeling pretty inspired! I played tourist for 12 days around Florence and Tuscany with lots of walking, cramped car journeys and finally found time to devour Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. I don’t read nearly as much as I should.

Prior to my trip, I had been working on a collection heavily inspired by marble stone columns, grand Renaissance interiors and Romanesque carvings and sculpture. Italy has done well to fuel my fascination.

Read on for a short taster of my latest inspiration and development.

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The Cathedral of Siena was a notable favourite. Ornately decorated inside and out, Siena’s Duomo was built between 1215 and 1263 and features the most amazing gothic sculpture and vast frescoes.

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seraphinite specimen / natural turquoise / marbled fabric swatch / self-made japser and brass necklace

Currently obsessing over anything remotely marble-esque. My attempt to marble fabric didn't turn out so bad, although I definitely need more practice. Black and white was the easy choice but I plan to experiment further and make an attempt at replicating the feather-like patterns found in the seraphinite specimen. How incredible would a full length skirt or dress look in that pattern?!

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This large slab of seraphinite stone is one of my favourite specimens. With its feather-like patterns in forest green and silver striations of mica, the stone gets its name from the Latin word "seraphin," which means first order of angels.

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Back to Siena’s Duomo, the striped columns consist of black and white marble, those being the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.

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Pictured above is one of the initial samples made prior to my trip. Inspired by marble columns and pillars, the necklace consists of jasper beads paired with brass tubes and discs. Parts of the collection are almost a progression from the tribal/heishi style I had last been working on.

I'll save the remaining images until I have a more cohesive collection to share. Expect lots more semi-precious stones, this time in shades of deep purple and black, paired with super soft navy suede and layered metal. Things should be getting a little more anti-pastel around here.

And before I forget, thank you to Hannah and Landon for the blog feature/interview while I was away. One of my all-time favourites, their blog, flickr and everything else is not to be missed. You can read the interview here.

image source: personal photographs

links: visit here for further information on Siena's Duomo

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30 replies to this post

By Jillian, 20th October 2010
i love your blog and your shop! the new marble necklace is gorgeous... looking forward to seeing what else vamoose has this holiday season. <br /><br />xo<br />jcd <br />http://cornflakedreams.blogspot.com/
By Kelli, 16th October 2010
I can't tell you how much i LOVE your designs! You have quite the talent! ♥ Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
By Treadgold, 15th October 2010
Your designs are beautiful. So lovely to read about what inspires a fellow jewellery designer and follow your design process. Italy is certainly a good place to be inspired...magnificent gelato helps as well...
By Sofija, 14th October 2010
Hello, I posted one of your incredible works on my blog:<br />http://sofijainspiration.blogspot.com/
By JEAN-PIERRE, 13th October 2010
I really like the necklace, you have really started to use more metals in your work, and i think you are doing really well with that medium. <br /><br />-Azede Jean-Pierre
By taylor, 11th October 2010
LOVE that necklace!!<br /><br />http://gramercyboutique.blogspot.com/<br /><br /><br />xx
By le pearl, 11th October 2010
love your work <3 I am your newest fan! x
By M, 10th October 2010
I love that are of Italy its so ornate and grand unlike the more austere north.<br />That neckie is beautiful!<br /><br />xx<br /><a href="http://marielscastle.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">MarielsCastle</a>
By Ismay, 8th October 2010
I loved this post, it's so interesting to see where you get your inspiration.
By taylor, 8th October 2010
Looks ammmazing!! <br />Love all the images you are posting<br />incredible blog!!! Can't wait to see more!! : ) <br /><br /><br />http://gramercyboutique.blogspot.com/<br /><br /><br />http://gramercyboutique.blogspot.com/<br /><br /><br /><br />xx
By felicity gleeson, 7th October 2010
that first image reminds me of my mums style when she was young - i think she had a pair of shoes and a bag just like that! so lovely.<br /><br />looking forward to seeing more of the collection - it is funny how ideas evolve like that isn't it...
By catherine, 5th October 2010
By simone leblanc, 30th September 2010
gorgeous! I am so glad I discovered you line.
By agirlastyle.com, 29th September 2010
Just beautiful! I love the look of all of this, and that cathedral is breathtaking.<br /><br />Briony xx
By Studio Fludd, 29th September 2010
...yeah, our young collective find your work so inspiring! Have a great Autumn. Ciao from Italy, SF
By elissa, ebb & flow, 29th September 2010
you're work is simply amazing! i'm glad you enjoyed italy. i studied there in college and loved every minute of it.
By Lizzie, 27th September 2010
Your photos are simple but beautiful. Thank you for sharing some of your holiday snaps and inspiration!
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 27th September 2010
I don't sell them in the shop any longer but I can make them on request? You're very welcome to email me at contact@thevamoose.com
By Anonymous, 27th September 2010
Beautiful colours :) Will you be making more sailor knot necklaces by the way?
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 26th September 2010
Thank you! I'm looking forward to sharing the rest :)
By Bibi, 26th September 2010
I've been wanting to go to florence for so long, ever since watching a room with a view where some of the scenes are shot. i hope you had a lovely holiday the pictures are gorgeous and the necklace is just lovely !
By Agathine, 26th September 2010
oh I'm sooo jealous of you ! It's amazing to see your inspiration. I really love your blog, I think it's wonderful.
By Ivania santos By DIAMOND, 25th September 2010
Hi honey!!<br /><br /><br />Great blog! Love it <3<br /><br /><br />xoxo :D
By Bantik, 25th September 2010
You make beautiful stuff!!!!<br />:>
By Peta, 25th September 2010
LOVE this necklace and can't wait to see your new collection!<br /><br />http://petarudd.com/blog
By lc, 24th September 2010
i love the first photo so much. its mesmerising.. looks like a lovely time away xx
By Julie, 24th September 2010
Love that first photo-the epitome of a fashionable european vacation!<br />That necklace is stunning-can't wait to see more of your new work!
By blue sky butterfly studio, 24th September 2010
Wow, you blow me away every time. Love the colours/textures/inspirational pictures. I can't wait to see your semi precious pieces, sounds right up my street. Happy Weekend!
By Esther, 24th September 2010
that cathedral is just amazing.. i'm studying christianity in world history now & it's so interesting knowing about the gothic structures & the renaissance period. congratulations on the feature!
By Cara, 24th September 2010
Ah I'm super jealous that went to The Cathedral of Siena! It look so amazing!<br /><br />Congrats on the blog feature. You are very talented at jewellery making!

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