Thursday, April 18, 2013

Great Gatsby Inspired Designs

I love the look of Art Deco whether that is in architecture or fashion (my Deco Pinterest board). And with the release of the Great Gatsby there has been renewed interest in the style of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. I would be remiss to not call out that it really is inspired by the book by Scott Fitzgerald

I stumbled across a fashion spread inspired by the movie release (left), and I noticed all those great hats! And it reminded me of a challenge coming up hosted by Bobbie over at Beadsong. I started a pinterest board for inspiration, and of course added a lot of examples from this time period. Click over to Bobbie's and sign up.

I recently had one of my pieces featured in Stringing magazine that was also inspired by this time period. You can see my design below, and all the others here.

I don't talk about my day job much on my blog, but one thing I do really love is that my office window looks out to the Chrysler Building. An amazing example of Art Deco style. And recently I've been noticing all the hood ornaments on the building. Yes you read that correctly. They really were designed to look like the designs used to adorn cars during the era. 

Specifically I can see the wings, which is what my bracelet design is inspired by. It is that classic chevron pattern. You can also see the chevrons on the side of the building which are done in white and grey brickwork. I could just stare at this building all day long, but alas I'd get no work done!

Click over to the Chrysler Building history site and see the lobby details. Especially the elevator doors with the Egyptian Revival influence, which was the birth of Art Deco. The geometric shapes in design coincides with by the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 which heavily influenced the styles of the era.

17 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Love the bracelet and adore all things Art Nouveau. Many many months ago I did a post on the Gatsby era (and, yes, read the book!) and it's STILL my number 1 post for hits, so I rather doubt we are the only ones with a fondness for the era.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

How exciting that you had one of your pieces featured in a magazine! That bracelet is lovely. The style in the early 1900's is very interesting.

Gloria said...

Period fashion is gorgeous, I think it's time for a Poirot marathon. NY has some fabulous architecture- now get to work! lol

Memories for Life said...

I love the "hood ornaments" and chevrons in the building! How cool!

Duni said...

I love the bracelet featured in the magazine. So elegant! Like this era, actually. Your office window faces the Chryler Building? Wow!

BeadedTail said...

Beautiful bracelet and how cool that you have that view from your office! Makes me envious so I'll have to remember the commute and traffic to get there. Nope, still envious! I so want to visit NYC some day!

Anindita Basu said...

What a great post. I was quite charmed to see and noticed the Art Deco style in Prague.

Your bracelet is fabulous. I love the wing accent and now it is more meaningful when I know how your imagination worked.

By the way, I am follwing you on FB. My Fan page in FB is Alankarshilpa jewelry. and I am under Dita Basu in FB too.

Congratulations- you are published in Stinging magazine!So happy to know that, Cynthia.

13 said...

congratulations, the bracelet is striking and elegant, perfect art deco credentials.

Caron Michelle said...

I'm a huge art deco fan! I ran a challenge on my beading group last year and it was interesting to see the interpretations of this period.

Congrats on the publication, your bracelet is beautiful! Can't wait for the movie to be released, especially as it has a big Aussie cast and influence!

BackstoryBeads said...

Love this period! I dusted off my ancient copy of Gatsby and reread it in anticipation of the movie. Gorgeous pinterest boards. Audrey Hepburn was born to wear a hat...and your bracelet would have been quite at home on her wrist!

Miss Val's Creations said...

The bracelet is gorgeous! That architecture of the Chrysler Building is so stunning! How great it is that the hood ornaments have been incorporated in to the building.

I am ridiculously excited for the the new movie since Baz Luhrmann directed it. He is my all time favorite director and I am dying to see what he does with the book!!! I am also looking forward to seeing more wearable fashions for today inspired by the 1920s.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I enjoyed your Pinterest Board--what a wild bunch of hats!

Magic Love Crow said...

That bracelet is stunning! Congrats on the feature ;o) And, thanks for the history lesson ;o)

Additionsstyle said...

I love art deco architecture as well, and the geometric feel. Lucky you to have the Chrysler building to look at all day. What a lovely bracelet, even the colors are art deco.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

OK -- this one is one of my favourites! It's lovely, Cynthia -- you really captured the style and feel of the period. There's even an Egyptian Revival quality to your piece which I love!

LoriF said...

I am just a sucker for architecture...I have no clue what it is about neat buildings that inspire me, but this one is spectacular! Wish I had that great view all day!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Gorgeous bracelet! What did you use for the black part?

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