Ondine

 

A work in progress...

 

An Undine is a category of elemental creature associated within the domain of water. The array contains many species, including nymphs, nereides, selkies, morags and mermaids, to name but a few. Although resembling human details in form they lack a human soul, so to achieve immortality they must acquire one by marrying a human. Such a union is not without risk for the partner, if the human partners are unfaithful they are fated to die.

 

I want to capture the essence of what a watery elemental soul would look like if brought into the human world. Water has a great expanse of visual imagery and folktales to draw upon as inspiration for a collection of jewellery. A collection that will also feature the tale I'm writing about the story of Ondine: a water nymph who is thrown into the human world, and who's story we follow as she deals with her new surroundings, and falls in love; showing our human natures how to experience our elements.

My aims for this project

A short novella titled: Ondine.

A short film based on the written story (in collaboration with local filmmakers, actors, musicians, stylists, etc.).

Two collections of jewellery. An art collection & a commercial collection.

A jeweller's interpretation of a full-scale mermaid tail.

A series of fashion photography taken from the film (in collaboration with a local photographer).

Two books. One with the illustrated story & a coffee table book with the story, illustrations, the creative journey, and the final works.

An event to launch this collection, including a film screening.

This project is currently a work in progress. I am currently studying a Master's at The Birmingham School of Jewellery until 2018. I'm working on Ondine in the background, and aim to bring it to fruition in the not too distant future. If you're interested in this project, and would like to collaborate, get in touch at info@chloehenderson.co.uk and we can discuss mermaids and art and stuff! Below you can see work in progress images...

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