Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Let Me Brooch the Subject

Oh good, I've just heard the news: Une Femme wants to see our jewels!!!  Well, brooches really.  And I simply must obey, as I've been displaying mine forevah.

 painting by Pat Otto, Jewel, 1984
 
I have a pix of them on my Clothes for Fall page, but for your convenience, I'll place it right here...(after the break)

Voila!
Displayed on a scroll of canvas on the back of my dressing room door.
They used to be on burgundy crushed velvet, but that was in a different phase.  They're from my Mom, found, thrifted, store-bought, hand-made, vintage, gifts, plastic, toys, etc.  Notice I have them grouped by color!

I also have separate arrangements for my necklaces, bracelets and rings, of course.  Cheers to all the jewel-encrusted lovelies out there!

26 comments:

  1. Wow, just at first glance - James Dean, arrow, framed portrait in the Gold section, hare-a-leaping, and Blue Lady, Blue Lady! Awesome!!!

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    1. Quite a motely crew there, to be sure.

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    2. OMG it's YOUR PAINTING. I always so admire the artwork you choose for your posts - you have this amazing image-vocabulary! - and missing the artist serves me right for being in a hurry. So glad I came back!

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    3. Yes, it's an oldie from 1984 (that's 28 years ago)! If you look closely you'll see I painted jewelry portraits of many of the same pieces on display.

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  2. Oh wow, what an amazing collection, and what a great way to store/display them. I tend to tuck mine away in a jewelry box and then forget them. I may have to try something like this...

    And thanks so much for linking up to Show Us The Brooches today!

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    1. Thanks for hosting the link up too. What a great idea!

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  3. Great collection, even better that this display lets you see them all at a glance and that you wear them. I love your painting, especially the rose detail you've integrated on the yellow chair.

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    1. Hey Melanie, yeah they're all so pretty I want to be able to see them all the time. That big ole rose is actually on the chair. And I still have a couple of the chairs in the studio - although they're in pretty rough condition these days. They made it into many of my paintings back then.

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  4. What a terrific collection so wonderfully displayed!

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    1. I'd love to see yours, Tamera. On display, I mean, all at once.

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  5. What an amazing brooch collection! And your painting is just amazing too! This has been a great peek into everyone's jewelry box. I wish I had known about it with more time. I would have photographed mine together.

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    1. You have all the time that you need to do it, Megan. Go for it!

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  6. Love this. I keep mine in old egg boxes, which keeps them in order, but it´s not particularly aesthetically pleasing. I should think about a display of some kind.

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    1. That's how my Mom always kept her jewelry organized in her vanity drawer. It also works well for my broken jewelry that I want to reconfigure - easy to store and keep together.

      I've also used the scroll on the wall which actually looks better, but had no room for it this time. I just run two small doll rods through the top and bottom of a length of heavy cloth that I've hemmed. I added a beautiful piece of silk cording to the top rod for hanging. Like an old wall tapestry.

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  7. Wow! What an amazing collection and transformed into a veritable work of art. I'm loving the turquoise Miro-esque lady! xxx

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    1. Yep. I think I got her at a women's gallery.

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  8. Oh Pat, what an amazing display. I especially love the lady in blue. Your painting is so wonderful. Your display of the brooches is an art work in itself.

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    1. Interesting how she seems to be the fav. Ah, but your collection is exquisite with all those glittering stones. Especially on that rich black background. Do you display them?

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  9. I bet they can all tell a story, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I have to join you all with mine...
    I always think of what I am going to wear with a thrill.
    Much love, my wonderful Pao.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXxxx

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    1. Yes, that would be great! One could write a book about the stories jewelry collects. And you can feel the thrill in the ensembles you create, Sacramento. I know I'm enthralled.

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  10. Very impressive collection. And organized with such care. Jewel-encrusted indeed.

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    1. I do love to organize things. Can't help it.

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  11. Oh my gawrsh, what a fabulous idea. You are fabulous, as are your jewels :)

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    1. You have some fine ones to show off too, my dear Lynne.

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  12. I'll take the silver moon, blue star and the medieval-looking one with multi-colored stones, please. Oh, and would you mind throwing in the gold sun face?
    Fantastic display and collection.

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    1. Yes, you are a fan of moons and stars, right?!

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