Birds of a Feather photoshoot. Designing the jewellery and accessories

Hallo everyone!

One of the many reasons I love working on photoshoots, is that they are an excellent opportunity to experiment with different materials, techniques and designs  – one that might not be so readily available at other times. I knew straight away that our ‘Birds of a Feather’ photoshoot would be such an opportunity.

Wendy (Flossy and Dossy) and I met up very early on in the whole process, after the idea of the shoot and the birds theme had been decided. We talked about colours, styles, fabrics and designs. Wendy gave me swatches of the fabrics she had chosen to work with so that I could explore colours and combinations of colours, and over the following weeks we finalised the details that would have a bearing on my own work (such as necklines).

I thought for some time about how I would treat the theme. I knew from the very beginning that I didn’t want to interpret it too literally, and that I wanted to create the feeling of something quite ethereal and light. So I began to explore the idea of nests, of tangles of twigs, and of leaves. I chose delicate, natural (and sometimes also fragile) materials to carry this idea through: crystals, tulle, skeleton leaves and pearls.

The design process distilled some of the initial ideas into very essential forms: the nest idea became two circles within each other; and the tangled twigs idea became an artfully arranged three-dimensional spray of crystals and pearls; the leaf became like a gently curving bird’s wing on a light-as-air structure.

I designed and made the long earrings to contrast with the circular and compact forms I had been exploring in the headpieces and to complement the necklines in the dresses.

Such pared-down forms drew even more attention to the proportions of each piece, the quality of the materials and the finishing. As always, I took pains to ensure that all the different elements were of the highest standard.

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Birds Photo Shoot - All images Kristin Mitchell © Struve Photography

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Birds Photo Shoot - All images Kristin Mitchell © Struve Photography

Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl comb

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Birds Photo Shoot - All images Kristin Mitchell © Struve Photography

Sterling silver, Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl earrings

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Birds Photo Shoot - All images Kristin Mitchell © Struve Photography

Treated skeleton leaf and Swarovski pearl comb
Sterling silver, Swarovski pearl and crystal necklace and earrings

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Birds Photo Shoot - All images Kristin Mitchell © Struve Photography

Treated skeleton leaf and Swarovski pearl comb
Sterling silver, Swarovski pearl and crystal necklace and earrings

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LifeLine - Birds Of A Feather - 167

Treated skeleton leaf and Swarovski pearl comb

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LifeLine - Birds Of A Feather - 211

Swarovski rhinestone and pearl headband

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LifeLine - Birds Of A Feather - 202

Swarovski rhinestone and pearl headband
Sterling silver, Swarovski rhinestone and pearl necklace and earrings

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LifeLine - Birds Of A Feather - 196

Swarovski rhinestone and pearl headband

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See More From The Shoot

Gioia Mia

We Fell in Love

Struve Photography

Hungry Squirrels

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Shoot Contributors

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Photography

Struve Photography

LifeLine Photography

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Videography

Gryffe Weddings

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Venue

Craigton House

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Venue Co-ordinator

Weddings With Mel

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Prop Hire

Be Eventful

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Dress Designer-Maker

Flossy and Dossy

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Gentswear

A Suit That Fits

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Jewellery and Accessories

Gioia Mia

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Hair and Makeup Artist

Sophie Edwards Makeup

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Stationery

Cutture

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Flowers

I Heart Flowers

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Cake Maker and Baker

Hungry Squirrels

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Models

Mandy

Mark

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Previous Photoshoots

Birds of a Feather: Part One

Kirsty Stroma Photography

Seona Earle Misumi Photography

A House For An Art Lover: Part One

A House For An Art Lover: Part Two

Bridesmaid Revisited: Part One

Bridesmaid Revisited: Part Two

Gean House: Part One

Gean House: Part Two

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Gioia Mia Online

Gioia Mia website

Gioia Mia on Facebook

Gioia Mia on Twitter

Gioia Mia on Pinterest

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