This listing is for one hand embroidered needlepainting of a beautiful Portugese landscape made into a pendant necklace; like a small piece of art for you to wear wherever your travels lead you to. The needlepainting is inspired by my time at an artist residency in the little town of Bordeiro, near Gois, Portugal. It is a little town in the countryside, filled with small winding roads through hills and forests, roaming cats and friendly old people eating delicious pastries-a very peaceful and inspiring environment. The town itself however is quickly becoming a ghost town as the young people leave for the city and only about 20 people remain in Bordeiro.
The residency I was at was located at what was once the school of the village, but now there are no children left. Artists who live in the cities are drawn to this place and it's quiet, beautiful nature, and bring a bit of life back to the town. While I was there, I was teaching needlepainting to old Portugese ladies, although my Portugese doesn't go much further than 'obrigada!' It seemed to be enough, as the joy of creating something beautiful is universal. It's a beautiful and inspiring place full of warm and lively people, and perhaps this piece can inspire you to go and visit beautiful rural communities like these..
The needlepainting embroidery is done completely by hand, with very fine filament silk threads, each thread about three times as fine as one strand of regular embroidery thead, and on sturdy cotton fabric. The silk is embroidered on in layers to give it depth, and the process of embroidering costs about 8 hours of handwork.
After the hand embroidery is finished, it is put into a silver coloured setting with a sheet of thick, quality plastic inbetween to protect the embroidery against the elements. It comes with the long silver necklace you see on the model, so you can wear it right away.
The pendant necklace will be packed sturdily in a pretty box, with a certificate detailing the inspiration and the story of the necklace. This pendant is a carefully created piece of art, celebrating the beauty of nature.
The pendant is 3.5 by 5 cm(1.4 by 2 inch) large. If you'd rather have this needlepainting as a brooch, that is also possible-just put a note along with your order and I will convert it to a brooch at no extra charge and no extra processing time. The brooch is the same dimensions as the pendant.
This piece will be shipped out within 1-3 business days. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message!