I learn more stuff from blogging than I ever would have guessed. Case in point: I am obsessed with the trendy bohemian style. I know that the region known as Bohemia is in Central Europe. I know that people labeled “bohemian” in this country are supposed to be individualistic, eccentric, artsy-fartsy and have a flamboyant sense of style.
What I did not know is that the hippy, beatnik bohemians got the name from the French who associated with this type of personality and style with Gypsies to wit, the “roving Romani people they called “bohemians” because they were believed to have arrived from Bohemia.” (Think La boheme). We don’t know there the Romani people originated, but medieval French referred to the Romanies as Egyptiens from which we get the English word Gypsy.
So, to recap, a real Bohemian is likely to be Czech. An individualistic, eccentric, artsy-fartsy person with a flamboyant sense of style is a bohemian and would have probably been known as a romani (small “r” because not referring to an ethnic group)if people had been more familiar with geography. But hey! There have been periods in European history where people went to bed in one country and woke up in another. (If they were lucky enough to wake up. Watch this video to see what I mean.)
I am fascinated with bohemian-style jewelry and the opportunities it gives for layering chains and ribbon and cloth and metal with charms, beads and Milagros. For these bracelets I have pulled out some ceramic beads I made years ago and have combined them with lamp worked and polymer beads and other components I have had lying around waiting to be used.
You can add as much or as little wire work as your like and make custom clasps that integrate nicely with the designs. For a tutorial on making the clasps you see in these bracelets press here.
And last but not least, two links to share: my favorite blog for all things bohemian style, ThatBohemianGirl. And here’s a find! Watch Lynne Merchant demonstrate how to make a perfect wire spiral here.