Eleanor Bolton creates hand-made rope jewelry without a hint of nautical to be found.
The sheer notion of “rope jewelry” brings to mind trendy maritime or preppy style. But while anchors and sailboats never really go out of fashion, it’s nice to see someone put a new spin on an old standby. Enter Eleanor Bolton, a British accessories designer based in London. Bolton hand-crafts necklaces and bracelets out of colorful ropes through a process that combines stitching, wrapping and braiding. The pieces have a statement-making sculptural quality but are surprisingly soft and lightweight. Coiled pieces — like this bangle — resemble tightly-wound telephone chords while necklaces like the Pharaoh have an African tribal sensibility. Her latest collection is inspired by Piet Mondrian and features color-blocked designs reminiscent of the Dutch artist’s iconic Compositions series.
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