Greetings dear tree friends
Today as I’ve already mentioned on a previous post, is the first day of the first top 10. The top 10s are created as a thank you to all artists out there that have made me feel good with their stunning work. Artists that deserve recorgnition and to spread the word about their fabulous work!
The first top 10 has a Halloween theme. To me Hallow’s Eve is a very special holiday. It was never celebrated in Greece (my homeland), but I ve always been drawn to it. I like the dark theme and the fact that it is a seasonal holiday. Nowadays it has become somewhat commercialized, but is we look back we will see the meaning of this holiday.
One of the many facts, did you know that : The Halloween holiday is commonly thought to have pagan roots, even though the etymology of the word is Christian. Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, derived from the Old Irish Samuin meaning “summer’s end”. Samhain was the first and the most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Irish and Scottish calendar and, falling on the last day of autumn, it was a time for stock-taking and preparation for the cold winter months ahead. There was also a sense that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen. To ward off these spirits, the Gaels built huge, symbolically regenerative bonfires and invoked the help of the gods through animal and perhaps even human sacrifice. In the Western Isles of Scotland the Sluagh, or fairy host was regarded as composed of the souls of the dead flying through the air, and the feast of the dead at Hallowe’en was likewise the festival of the fairies. (source taken from wikipedia)
So today I will be featuring a lovely woman who I am very happy to know her work. Gemma Burton of Autumnal Skies, has a unique and elegant style in her handmade jewelry. Lovely seasonal themes, bind together with love. Autumnal Skies is a crafting business that started on October 2011, but Gemma tells us that she has been creating jewelry for some years. In her own words: ”I started making jewellery though making presents for friends, and slowly people started asking me to make things for them – and so Autumnal Skies was started! I’ve always loved Autumn and feel very inspired by the rich colours that come through at this time of the year. I’m also inspired by elegance – particularly in semi-precious stones – and I’m developing a new line using these materials.”
One of the first items I saw on her wonderful page, was a jack-o’-lantern bracelet. I loved it. It was simple, yet so cute and expressed one of the main themes of Hallow’s Eve in a lovely way. Gemma says about this piece:
”The jack-o’-lantern bracelet was the result of an experiment to see how I could use chain and leather to give a more ‘Gothic’ feel to the jewellery I was trying to create for the Hallowe’en season. Made using pumpkin charms, chain, and orange and black seed beads on eye-pins threaded onto a length of leather, this was definitely a good experiment!”
Through the last year Gemma’s work has improved quite a lot. She never seize to amaze me with most of her pieces. From colorful jewelry that catch the eye to gorgeous glass charms, for these special dinners, Autumnal Skies is here for you with a wide selection to choose from. If you have a special idea, or color in mind you can always contact Gemma for some custom work. She is a lovely helpful person and you will have a wonderful experience while contacting her.
You can visit her on her Blog as well.
A big thank you to Gemma for sending me the info and photos of today’s post 🙂
I truly enjoyed writing it and I hope all of you enjoyed reading it 🙂
Be well and have a lovely weekend dear tree friends! And remember next Saturday we ll be featuring another artist on the Hallow’s Eve top 10!
Till then ride your brooms and set off to the wonderful colors of Autumnal Skies!!