Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Moroccan Inspired Jewelry by Jessicaculture

By on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9 Comments

We all gather our inspiration from everywhere, particularly where we live. For Welsh-born, Jessica Stephens, that's Morocco. Home is currently a small quarter in a small town close to Fez or Fes ,the second largest city in the interior of the country.

I came to know of Jessica's Etsy store, Morocco Bling when she joined my Twitter community and delighted me with her creations.

Using a glorious mixed media approach, her handmade jewelry showcases some of the traditional items used in North African clothing.


Her choker designs from her "Run Away with Me" collection are bold and eye-catching.



Versions of traditional hand woven buttons feature prominently in her jewelry designs as they do in real life djellabas (long outer robe with full sleeves) and kaftans. Jessica explains this decorative art form was introduced to North Africa by Jewish tailors.



Jessica is a trained visual artist so her exotic locale is a rich feast for her creative soul. She finds the experience of living in North Africa both a privilege and a huge challenge at times. She says, "All in all, never a dull moment and life enriching." 


She can ship her items everywhere but adds, " Please be patient with the speed of Moroccan postal service, a country of great talent for agreeable dawdling."

Some armchair travel pictures of Morocco :

City of Fez, Morocco.City of Fez via Wikipedia

Architecture in Fes, MoroccoArchitecture of Fez via Wikipedia


Leather tanning, Fes, MoroccoLeather tanning in Fez via Wikipedia

A gate of the Fes Jdid quarter, Fes, MoroccoGate of the Jdid quarter, Fez via Wikipedia

Morocco - Marrakech, Rahba KedimaKnitted caps and carpets, Marrakech, Morroco by vtveen via Flickr

Shop selling Traditional clothing in Morocco.Shop selling traditional clothing in Marrakech via Wikipedia

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9 comments:

  1. Her work is so very unusual and truly inspiring. Good find!

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  2. Love those knotted balls...are they lanyard?

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  3. I love all the color and texture in her work. Wonderful.

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  4. All so unique and beautiful! What a great feature

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  5. I really love that you post such interesting articles. This is fascinating -- to see such different and beautiful work is a privilege & a pleasure. Thank you so so much. I just love what this young woman has done and can't even imagine how to tie those knots!!!

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  6. Jessica has a wonderful sense of color, shape, and texture. I love her work! Thanks for sharing her with us. :)

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  7. They look rather like monkey fist or turk's head knots, don't they? I'm not sure if one could call them lanyards.

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  8. Very unique and such a fresh vibrant look to her pieces. Especially enjoyed the photos giving glimpses of the beauty and life of the region that she calls home.
    Seem like most of Western civilization is obsessed with speed, most other nations have a more relaxed, lackadaisical attitude about time. While living In South America we quickly learned that soon could mean several days or even weeks later. :)

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  9. OK now, Jessica is one cool lady! Her eclectic, exotic style is unique and definitely inspiring. Thank you Pearl for sharing Jessica's work with us!

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