Charity Auction Piece, Inspired By Arkley

Last year, we decided to create and donate a fancy pink and white diamond necklace to Putney Parish’s annual charity auction. Putney Parish supports a number of local charities such as Thrive, Hestia and Spires, so it seemed as good a time as any to help to raise money for a good cause.

Looking for inspiration, Simon had noticed the iron gates on his street were particularly ornate, this reminded him of Australian artist and fellow Melburnian, Howard Arkley. Arkley had originally been influenced by the ornate doorways he found in Paris while living there as a young man, however Arkley steadily began to realise that he needn’t go further than the Australian suburbs, he particularly noticed the rich and interesting shapes and patterns on the fly-screen doors. Arkley went on to produce large door-sized canvas’ that were filled with the shapes and patterns he had been inspired by from his surroundings.


‘Arabesque Face’ 1990. Photograph: estate of Howard Arkley/Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art 

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Feeling inspired, Simon started sketching some initial designs, based around a single white pear shape diamond and two petite fancy pink diamonds.

We felt that there was a distinctly Art Nouveau influence, in both some of Arkley’s work and within Simon’s designs.  The Art Nouveau movement was originally inspired by organic forms found within the natural world, not only wild curves but also geometric shapes. The petite pink diamonds that Simon chose, also pay tribute to the subtle colour palette of the Art Nouveau movement. We think that this became a really interesting piece of jewellery, with its curvaceous metal work and attention to detail. Let us know your thoughts! Check out our other vintage inspired pieces on our Vintage Reproductions page here.

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