Thursday, May 7, 2009


Today our setting is the Benmore Botanical Garden in Scotland.

Here we will stroll within the majestic Avenue of Giant Redwoods, and crane our necks to view the magnificent conifer trees of Woodland Gardens. Scotland is also home to featured jewelry designer Joscelin Cockburn.

Cockburn's occupation of choice is artist, and her versatile talents include illustrating children's storybooks, painting botanical settings and Celtic designs (primarily for birthdays, weddings and christenings), and even face painting.

Cockburn is also a successful jewelry designer specializing in handmade beaded jewelry and sterling silver jewelry. She gleans from her artistic background to create colorful and intricate designs implementing a technique known as filigree. Filigree is a technique that involves interlacing gold, copper, or silver wire.

Cockburn accents her delicate filigree work with beautiful, tiny beads cultivating arrangements that morph into a bracelet, necklace, or ring. Cockburn also designs anklets, tiaras, headbands, and hair clips using this technique.

As with Tamara Comolli (Germany), I love Cockburn's abundant use of colorful glass and crystal beads. There's green, blue, silver, red, pink, and fuchsia. I personally feel that a little flash of color, whether it's a blouse or scarf, adds just the right amount of oomph to an outfit.

To view some of Cockburn's artwork, click links below:

Celtic dragon

African violet

Face Painting

Note: Images Redirect to Alternative Items At ShopStyle Collective
Photo 1 (top right): Lace Triangle Necklace with Silver and Red Beads
Photo 2 (bottom left): Unnamed Bracelet made with Sterling Silver and Pink/White Beads and Crystals
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