Inspiration

Hoop earrings are ancient, universal, and modern. They seem to have existed for as long as human civilization. 
Throughout art history, hoops earrings are shown on the bodies of dancers and Gods alike. The Hindu temple below is in the Chittorgarh Fort, Rajastan, 8th century BC. Intricate, abundant carvings show women wearing thick, round hoop earrings.

Hoops were worn in Ancient Egypt, as depicted on this ostrica of a dancer from 1200 BC, and fresco from the Tomb of Nakht, 1400 BC.

A Minoan woman picks saffron flowers in a fresco from Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece, 17th century BC.

Art Nouveau allures me with its melancholy and intricacy. Natural forms are recognizable, but with a sensual variation. Lines and shapes are pulled and tense, yet flowing.

As anyone who grew up in two cultures will understand, to design based solely on tradition would leave a part of me out. I wanted to be on the ancient hoop continuum, but the traditional rounded forms had to be pulled and given sleek edges - a nod to the past with an inoffensive challenge to tradition.

 

‘The Climax’ and ‘The Peacock Skirt’, Aubrey Beardsley, 1893.

Artem hoops remind me of the center of a peacock feather. They remind me of my cultural mash-up. They put me on the timeline of the ancients, but in a place that is distinctly modern.

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