Hot young jewelry designer Nicole Whisenhunt just released her summer 2010 collection. Inspired by the complex, lively triptych of 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch entitled The Garden of Earthly Delights, the bright, chunky neckpieces remind us that fashion should still be intriguing and exciting, despite the languor that summer's searing heat often generates.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION, AND TELL US ABOUT YOUR THOUGHT AND WORK PROCESS AS YOU PRODUCE YOUR PIECES.
My present collection is entitled Eden, inspired by one of the most famous paintings of Hieronymous Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights, [which is] inspired by the story of Adam and Eve. The painting depicts paradise with Adam and Eve on the left panel, earthly delights including numerous fruits and birds in the center, and on the right, sin.
For this collection, I used stones with shades found in the garden like meadow green, assorted shades of blue representing the sky and water, yellow, and orange. I also created shapes of a 3-D bloomed pendant as paradise and a striking sharp pendant in stones of red fossil agate, copper crystals, and red corals signifying temptation.
As I started this collection, I put together my concept by researching on The Garden of Earthly Delights, a painting I've been familiar with since my visit to Museo del Prado in Madrid when I was 16 years old. Ever since, I've always been intrigued by this piece by Hieronymus Bosch. Aside from all the harmonic colors seen in the painting (left and center panels), I decided to come up with my own shapes to define temptation and paradise (Jannah).
To start the actual production of a piece my team and I source the materials locally and abroad. We then patiently invest hours of sacrifice—hand-stitching bead by bead each design. Many times the design will go through numerous edits to achieve perfection. In the end, we find fulfillment in the completion of a new collection.
WHAT ARE ITS SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES TO YOUR PAST COLLECTIONS?
For this collection my artisans and I have brought out a new technique of texturizing our pieces. You will notice that most of the pieces in the Eden collection are done in 3-D. Aside from introducing a new technique, I chose to use a more colorful palette compared to my past pieces.
In terms of similarities, I believe that this collection retains my sense of style and the intricacy seen in my previous work.
WHO DO YOU ENVISION WEARING THESE PARTICULAR PIECES?
A woman who is confident about herself and her style because the pieces are meant to make a statement.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FROM YOU AS A JEWELRY DESIGNER?
Interesting concepts and interpretations, innovative techniques, and constant improvements.