Melon Cymbium shell
A stunning Melon Cymbium shell that originates from South East Asia. These shells are often collected by local fishermen as a source of food.
The shell has been used to showcase some very intricate hand embroidery that has been inspired by the coral reef. The embroidery nestles within the internal curves of the shell and took 30 hours to stitch. 3d bead embroidery techniques were used to construct the embroidery, laid on a base of silk organza and using multiple types of beads, crystals, goldwork copper purls and sequins.
A unique one off design that is handmade, totally unique and inspired by my fascination with the beauty of coral reef. Each bead, sequin and thread is individually sewn by hand which builds up a sumptuous and intricate design that nestles inside a beautiful shell.
The design process started with my experience of learning to scuba dive in the Caribbean Ocean and seeing the beauty of the world under the sea. Researching, drawing and designing throughout my final project of my Master of Arts in Contemporary Embroidery has led to creating "The Coral Collection".
Each piece is totally unique as I use a needle and thread like others use a paintbrush, drawing directly onto the fabric, letting the colours and materials guide me to build up beautiful surfaces reminiscent of the textures, colours and shapes of the coral reef.
Measurements 16cm x 8cm x 6cm - Wooden base not included
Postage to UK sent Royal Mail Tracked 48 with signature