Meg Hannan - Rag Sky Art Studio - Handcrafted Jewelry
Fabric Jewels

 

 
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Fabric Jewels - Colorful lightweight fiber millefiori jewelry

Vibrant & Unique Handmade Fabric Jewelry
By Meg Hannan

Using processes of her own invention, Meg Hannan creates lightweight, original jewelry out of fabric and fiber. Hand dying many of the textiles first, she then rolls the fabric and cords with a liquid glue, and when dry, slices them cross section, thus creating vividly beautiful fiber millefiori. Rich with color and intricately detailed, she transforms her imaginative textile art into wearable art, making earrings, pins and pendants that are truly FABRIC JEWELS! Luscious bead embellishments add movement to the handcrafted jewelry design of many of them, further enhancing their texture and depth.


FABRIC JEWELS PROCESS

The Birth Of Fabric Jewels

Back in 1986, when I decided to cut into a small bit of fabric I had rolled with glue, I took one look at the cross-section end of the roll and thought "WOW, there's a world in there and I want to go!" I never imagined then just where it would lead.

The Demo-Rollie Tells The Tale

Simple in concept, but challenging in execution, my fabric jewelry process has evolved over 25 years.

 

Fabric Rollie - Fabric Jewels Process - Here is a demo-rollie showing how it all starts

I start with fabric and fibers some of which I first hand dye.

Fabric Rollie - Fabric Jewels Process - Here is a demo-rollie showing how it all starts

I saturate the textiles with liquid glue, then roll them together.


Fabric Rollie - Fabric Jewels Process - Here is a demo-rollie showing how it all starts

The glue hardens when dry, and I then slice the roll cross-section,

Fabric Rollie - Fabric Jewels Process - Here is a demo-rollie showing how it all starts

thus creating FABRIC JEWELS!



COLOR AND WHAT'S IN PLAY

I'm a painter at heart, and in creating this jewelry I am also making little paintings. Color is the juice. When I dye some of the fabrics and cords, I don't fully rinse them, allowing the dye to runoff onto the other fabrics they're used with. I use these essential dyed elements sparingly, as they can overtake and darken a whole roll. When it goes just right, there's a watercolor glow.

I'm tuned to the interplay of color and texture that each bit of fabric brings and how the line of it will travel inside this tiny framed world. I work intentionally with placement of the fabrics and cords and on creating the shape I desire. In this curious language, a story emerges about how energy flows and what gives it fuel. I watch the lines open up into a feeling of motion or sometimes sit still without breath.

I have a sense of it and a certain amount of control, but the wild part speaks too. It can be an elusive process, with a multitude of variables. It surprises, challenges and charms me in that. It pulls me forward with my little victories and failures, as it calls me to focus and remains part without rule.

 

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