The hauntingly gorgeous art and architecture of the Gothic period were the passionate work of people who felt inspired by God to bring otherworldly heavenly beauty to their everyday lives. In general, the sculpture and painting of this period had a more “naturalistic”, and one of the most stunning art evolutions of this time was the portrayal of fabric as flowing and draped as opposed to the previous Romanesque style of stiff and straight fabric. An example of this is found in the famous Virgin of Jeanne d’Evreux sculpture depicting The Virgin Mary softly draped in lengthy veils while in elegant standing repose as she holds baby Jesus, the statue evokes an ancient and enigmatic allure that seems so prevalent in Gothic design. Likewise, the clothing of this time featured flowing veils, an excess of fabric creating beautiful folds, and even lace as lacemaking became established as a true craft by artisans in Italy. Jewelry also became more accessible at this time as commerce grew along with the middle class. The extremely rich were so upset by luxuries like jewelry adorning people they thought below them that sumptuary laws were created to limit or prohibited the middleclass from wearing jewelry. However, these rules were often ignored causing the extremely rich to commission even more elaborate and large jewels, which the middle class also copied. This class struggle essentially popularized large statement jewelry in the Gothic period.
The mystery and ethereal feel of this art period inspired the new Gothic Garden Collection. The jewels include fine gold and sterling silver pieces as well as large statement costume pieces reminiscent of the Gothic love for jewelry. The collection is filled with Resin pendants made of real roses, queen Anne’s lace, and moss like those that could have been found in authentic Gothic gardens and real scorpion and scarab pendants which evoke the eerie feel of Gothic gargoyles on cathedrals like Notre Dame. The jewelry features the stunning luscious reds, deep greens, royal purples, pale pinks, and bright whites expressed in Gothic frescoes. In honor of the Gothic period’s contrast of light with dark as evidenced by the towering shadowy cathedrals in opposition to the luminescent ornate stained glass windows, Insect Diva created a Light and a Dark Gothic Garden Look Book.
I was so inspired by the beauty of this period that I designed and constructed my own Gothic garden. I built a stone wall and rock pathways and accented them with moss to create a more ancient look, and filled the garden with Gothic statues and beautiful flowers to feed our pollinators. I hope you find inspiration in the pictures below for your own garden and can create a restful haven for yourself that also benefits the pollinators that help sustain our lives through the foods and beautiful landscapes they help propagate.