Banh Thanh Nga Necklace
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Nga" (bon-ton-wa) means "Wafer Home" in Vietnamese.
In a trip to Vietnam in 2010, I was awe-struck by the very narrow,
tall houses built in Hanoi. The government taxes property by the width
of the home, so the Vietnamese built narrow -- 10 - 15' wide -- and
up, often to 6 or more stories. I have pictured some of these houses
THANH NGA NECKLACE is influenced by these homes. Distinctive
layers or levels stacked above one another. Great texture and dimension.
An emphasis on the narrow, yet reaching up for the sky. As your eye
moves from the roof to the ground, you experience great interplays
of light and shadow.
This piece is
beadwoven, using Miyuki Tila beads, and a hybrid between square stich
and ladder stitch. Tila beads are flat squares with two holes running
through them. In each horizontal component, I have layered, recessed
and stacked the tilas. Each horizontal component is segmented in two
with a beadwoven lace using 15/0 seed beads. This segmenting allows
the piece to more easily take the shape of the wearer's body, thus
move, drape and flow more naturally. The chain is plated over brass.
There is a simple hook and eye clasp, which allows the necklace to
be adjustable in length. I envisioned the piece to be worn close to
the neck, but it can be worn lower, as well.
As in several
of my pieces, I often reference the "man's tie" profile.
I think it's especially sexy when a woman wears a man's tie.
to as shown, with plated brass chain,
Houses (Wafer Houses) in Vietnam