Behold, dear reader, the "Maneater" necklace, created by Tammy Brown (aka Mallory Knox in her jewellery making life). Lovesick is carrying her jewellery, and when I saw this - beads, a skeleton, and a raven-haired dame with an animal claw dripping blood - I nearly swooned over the sheer crazy-coolness of it all (and took it home, of course). Her jewellery combines pop culture references, rockabilly themes, and aboriginal beadwork techniques. Other necklaces have featured Cyndi Lauper, Danny and Sandy from Grease, Johnny Cash (my personal fave), Lily Munster, Dolly Parton, and Marilyn Monroe. Lovesick is also carrying some of Knox's adorable heart and flower earrings, and an ultra-fab owl pin that she transformed with some gorgeous beadwork. I emailed Knox to find out more about her, and her jewellery and as we couldn't get together she sent me a photo of herself:
If her jewellery wasn't enough to inspire a girl crush, her "I Love Lucy"- inspired look just sealed it.
Knox started making jewellery about 8 years ago, using wire and beads, and after a few years, her mother-in-law suggested she try her hand at aboriginal style beadwork. Knox is non-aboriginal, but her youngest daughter, and extended family, are Ojibwe, and their positive support helped her overcome her initial hesitation at trying the art form. In the last few years she has developed her own style and mixes traditional beadwork with pop culture, all with a vintage flair.
Knox loves old jewellery, especially the colours from the 40's & 50's like mint green, pinks, buttery yellows and teal. The glamour of dressing up in the 1940's, even just to go to the grocery store, and the rebelliousness of the 50's, with the bad boys and fast cars, are inspirations for her creations, which are not for the faint of heart. Wear a necklace featuring bold beadwork and Johnny Cash flipping the bird, and you're going to get noticed.
Prices for necklaces start around $30 and up for more elaborate pieces. You can see more of her jewellery on her facebook page here, and on her website createbeautifulbeads.com which she shares with another crafty dame, Mrs. P, who works in fabric and fibre under the moniker of Sew Phat, and also has some of her work for sale at Lovesick.