A Cut Above

Cynthia Rutledge

December 8
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Level - Intermediate to Advanced



Antoni Gaudí was the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism of all time. Gaudí's one-of-a-kind style, led to his creation of numerous architectural wonders in and around Barcelona, Spain. One of the most famous structures is The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, exhibiting how the art of man can reach to the sky!

The first stone was laid in 1882, and upon its completion in 2026, the basilica will eventually reach the height of 172 meters, making it the tallest church in the world. Gaudí was once asked how long the basilica would take to build, and his response was' "My Client is not in a hurry".

Gaudí's immense understanding of light, allowed him to create a symphony of color within. For maximum contrast, the leaded glass that was placed high up is more transparent, to collect as much light as possible. Leaded glass with a lot of color, illustrations and texts were placed lower down to equalize the light. As the seasons and weather change, so does the light, illuminating the believers below in a bath of color.

A Cut Above, was inspired by two different aspects of the work of Antoni Gaudí. The first, being the architectural flowing shapes, arches and spires of his work. The second, was to capture the essence of his use of color and light. Each tassel consists of three shaped components, laced together to form "windows" of color and structure. At the top of each of the tassels is a four-sided CZ beaded bead, reflecting light as it is worn. The chain is a filled-netting, evoking the style of leaded glass, and ending is a sliding clasp.


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