Saturday, August 21, 2010

Challenge : Morocco


The challenge of the European Street Team for these two weeks is from creationsbyeve and is called "Morocco".

Source: Fibula [Morocco] (1981.5.2) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The first week I had no idea what to make; then I decided to look at my postcards with traditional costumes from Morocco. And the inspiration bubbled in my head. There is a very striking piece of jewelry, called a fibula, that is part of the Moroccan Berber costume. Fibulae were decorative, symbolic, status indicating, and functional. They were used as clasps to keep capes, mantles and other garments in place. Fibulae from the Islamic period consist of two triangular endpieces, which are pinned into the clothing, and a chain that connects them. The inverted triangle represents the female form.

Source: Fisher, Angela. Africa Adorned. London: Collins, 1984


So, I started to make a fibula from buttons. I made two triangles from heavy brass buttons by sewing the buttons together with strong brown yarn. They are connected to a golden-coloured chain at the bottom and two large golden-coloured metal rings at the top. At the back of each triangle, a golden-coloured brooch pin is sewn. It's for sale in my P8 Button Art and Accessories shop on Etsy.


15 comments:

Rita alias alatvian said...

Gorgeous creation and a great research!

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

I love it...the examples of photos is a stunning history. Your piece is beautiful!

Star of the East said...

Wow, those are cool, although the bigger ones don't look very practical!
I love how you've turned them in your P8 (button) style :)

L'Ind├ęcise said...

Very interesting, never saw one of these before!
Lovely and super well done creation!

Helmitarha said...

Smart idea and beautiful execution! Bravo!

Nancy van den Boom said...

You surely did your research P8! But we could expect this from you, the scientist! yes yes I know! ;-)
The result is awesome and very very beautiful (2 different things!). I hope you win! ;-) x

Colours and Textures said...

Interesting and most original.

donauluft said...

wow, you found a way to translate the theme in your own speech! wonderful!

fleurfatale said...

oh my, it's beautiful!!
and thath collection of yours is really a treasure!

artistudios said...

beautiful and unique!

www.filofashion.etsy.com said...

Gorgeous !!!

L'Accent Nou - creative projects said...

great idea, Petronella! And wonderful creation! Congrats!

zsazsazsu said...

that is a very orinigal interpretation of the theme ! Love it !

creationsbyeve said...

Wow!!I love the creation and the research you have done!Bravo!

Angel.Pearls said...

So great work! You're now in the EuropeanStreetTeam -challenge-Treasury I made:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c6cf816d9b88eef258a7764/europeanstreetteam-weekly-challenge?index=1
Have a great day! Eva