Friday, 31 July 2015

The Rook and the Wren AJE Component of the Month.

Welcome to the July reveal of the AJE component of the month challenge. This months art components were these cute little buttons and clasps made from old UK coins by Niky Sayers.

Niky sent these out as a surprise package and I was happy to receive one of the beads which feature a pretty little wren motif.

When I got my bead I had a vague recollection of an old fable about a wren and after digging around a bit online I managed to find an obscure copy of it and it's called 'The Rook and the Wren'. After reading it through I decided to use it as inspiration and try and put together a design where the elements would represent certain motifs within the fable. I wasn't sure what I was going to do but after pulling out some art beads that fit the bill a bracelet seemed to be the obvious choice. Some of the components have pretty clear links to the fables, others are more's strung on waxed linen and all in all I'm pretty pleased with it...

Rather than go into great detail I thought I'd let you read the fable for yourselves (please excuse the strange format but this is the only copy I could find) and then see what what you think of my interpretation...

Pewter heart and nest charm by Green Girl Studio
Rook and flower bead by Starry Road Studio
Branch bead by Marsha Neal Studio
House/tree bead by HumbleBeads
Czech glass beads from Smitten Beads

Many thanks to Niky for providing us with such a lovely piece to work with - if you would like to see what the other participants made with Niky's components please join our blog hop using the links below.

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  1. Oh wow! I love the fable almost as much as I love your bracelet! What a beautiful collection of art beads, and I love how the Rook is in her tiny nest at the top branch of the tree! Thank you so much for joining in Lesley, I loved reading about what you created!

  2. I've never heard that tale before... your bracelet tells it perfectly, it's beautiful!

  3. Fabulous interpretation Lesley, I love the fable and the bracelet. It always helps me greatly to have something like this in mind when designing. The farthing bead is stunning too what a great idea! Thanks for the mention btw :) See you soon! x

  4. Gorgeous bracelet, Lesley. Feels like a walk in the woods. I love the fable and your creative interpretation of it. Niky's coin bead looks right at home in the bracelet. Thank you so much for including me in this challenge.

  5. Love the fable...never have seen it.And I can see the story line in your bracelet. Excellent choice and excellent job!

  6. Aw Lesley, I love that you were able to pull so much meaning into this piece! So fun!

  7. Loved reading the fable and your bracelet is just beautiful! :)

  8. Mrs Wren is a bit cheeky isn't she? Wait til December, when the Wren boys come hunting.... Ok- the bracelet s awesome. It's a treasure trove of artist beads, in a great composition. And you know I love a good tale....

  9. Love the story and as I commented earlier on Facebook, your beautiful composition. Of the two fabled creatures, I am probably most like the Rook, lol, not much interested in feathering my nest. I'd rather spend my time traveling about and generally being a nuissance.

  10. I love that you shared this fable and interpreted it in beaded form. Your design is like Mrs. Wren's nest: Each piece gathered from afar, carefully chosen for its purpose and carefully placed. It's perfect!


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