Zebra Brooch. Close but no cigar!

The latest piece of Keum boo jewellery to add to our menagerie is not quite there yet!

I always make a bee-line for Zebra’s when we visit Wildlife Parks. They are beautiful creatures and because their markings are so dramatic, I felt that they lent themselves to the keum boo technique. I thought therefore that a zebra was a good candidate to be the next member of our menagerie.

Keumboo Zebra broch. 24ct.gold and silver.
Keum boo Zebra brooch. 24ct.gold and silver. 2.8cm x 2.8cm.
One of the Zebra's at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
One of the Zebra’s at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Although I like the finished brooch, I have felt a little frustrated making this piece because of the limitations of using punches. All of the marks on the brooch have been made by using just three punches.  I think that the brooch works well taking this into consideration but I would like to get more control of the lines and add greater detail to the work.

Zebra brooch and inspiration.
Zebra brooch and inspiration.
Zebra brooch. Work in progress.
Zebra brooch. Work in progress.

We have been discussing other options and ways of working that will enable us to use the Keum boo technique but which will also allow a more fluid way of drawing the images. We have a few things in mind and we will be working and experimenting with these new ideas over the next few months. We will keep you updated with the progress.

Zebra brooch and the three punches that made the marks.
Zebra brooch and the three punches that made the marks.
These are the only punches used to create the image of the Zebra.
These are the only punches used to create the image of the Zebra.
Small sketch/idea for a larger painting.
Small sketch/idea for a larger painting.

The small study above was a quick, small note-book sketch/idea for a painting that I made a few years ago.  I have to admit that being a Mum and working full-time in the workshop doesn’t leave me with much spare time to paint/draw but I do keep ideas scribbled down in note books. My time and attention is now focused on designing and making jewellery and working alongside John, which I love to do.  Although I get great pleasure working on abstract pieces in the workshop, I find that incorporating figurative images from my 2D work into the jewellery is much more of a challenge and one that I really enjoy. If you would like to look at some of my earlier, finished drawings/paintings then you can find them on our website under the heading of Dawn’s Artwork. Just click onto the image of the charcoal drawing and they will be revealed.

Below are some of my favourite Zebra artworks. I love the work of the artist Sally Matthews, it is well worth a look at her website if you like animal art work.

A life-sized Zebra sculpture by Sally Matthews. Image sourced from sallymattews.co.uk
A life-sized Zebra sculpture by Sally Matthews. Image sourced from sallymatthews.co.uk

Another Zebra sculpture by the talented basket weaver/sculptor Bob Johnston, also another great website worth visiting.

A Zebra trophy head sculpture made from willow by Bob Johnston. Image sourced from bobjohnston.co.uk
A Zebra trophy head sculpture made from willow by Bob Johnston. Image sourced from bobjohnstonbaskets.co.uk

This black and white photograph is one that we came across quite unexpectedly and regrettably we did not buy it. We do not know who the photographer is. Maybe someone out there knows?

Zebra photograph in frame sold by Costco.
Zebra photograph in frame sold by Costco.

I adore these silk scarves, they are designed by the British artist Alice Shirley for the fashion house Hermes Paris. I will have to start saving my pennies!

Zebra pegasus scarf by Shirley Alice.
Zebra Pegasus silk scarf designed by Alice Shirley for the fashion house Hermes Paris.
Another variation of the silk scarf designed by Alice Shirley for Hermes.
Another variation of the silk scarf designed by Alice Shirley for Hermes.

You can find more of Alice Shirley’s work at aliceshirley.com/

Hopefully the Zebra brooch will be joining our animal range in the not too distant future but you can see our collection so far, on our website.

 

 

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