The Art Bead Scene Challenge picked another one of my all time favorite wanna be artists for the month of August -- famous Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. My woodcuts never looked as fabulous as his Great Wave Off Kanagawa, but I definitely was in awe of Hokusai's mastery of the medium and deft handling of composing a powerful image on paper.
In honor of Hokusai's wonderful wave print, I created a ocean inspired necklace with Hint Jewelry's Aphrodite shell charm and a series of tiny, wire-wrapped iolite gemstones.
Siren, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): iolite, fine and sterling silver
Siren makes me think of that moment when you emerge from swimming in the sea and tiny droplets of water glisten on your skin like these gemstones.
I created a second entry for Art Bead Scene's August Challenge using Hint Jewelry's fish charm. This choker necklace was inspired by all those amazing swimmers who take to the sea for surfing and triathlons. It's a little bit sporty with round, lapis beads and an oblong sterling chain.
Of course this little fish charm is a reminder to take life as it comes and ride the waves!