Cloisonne jewelry piece – Hawaiian Lady with Ipu
Enameled Hawaiian Theme Necklace in 14k Gold
Hawaiian Lady at Sunrise is a cloisonne jewelry piece created by Patsy Croft. It belongs to Tropics cloisonne collection of amazing enamel jewelry with unique jewelry designs.
She is a beautiful example of the grace portrayed by the Hawaiian women throughout the islands. When I first determined to paint her and create her in cloisonné enamel, I felt I had to include more symbolism besides her mumu and flowing hair, that are so prevalent in Hawaiian culture.
I decided on the Ipu because it is such an integral part of the Hawaiian life. It is typically used to play the hula music when the Hawaiians dance. But it’s so much more than that. It’s used for food, medicine and interwoven in their basic life and culture. Without the Ipu, the hula wouldn’t have its rhythm.
I knew this was the symbol I wanted to include in her portrait. After painting her out in watercolors, I entered my goldsmith studio to begin the process of creating cloisonné jewelry. Using my drawing and painting as a guide I drew the picture with the 24k gold wires. And, as I painted the watercolors on the canvas, so I painted the enamels on the fine silver and gold piece. Using my Japanese paint brush, and only 3 grains at a time, I placed the colors in each gold cell, careful to create depth and movement.
This unique jewelry design
is found nowhere else. Being able to create enamel jewelry
that is one of a kind gold jewelry
is my passion. I have made a pledge to donate a portion of all my proceeds to Green Peace, Jean-Michel Cousteau, WWF and AAAS/Science. If you’d like more information on the Ipu, you can find it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipu
and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycx09WFqTQg