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. And in addition to the striking Gothic statues and cathedrals like Notre Dame, the beauty of paradise on earth was no more masterfully expressed than in the stunning gardens of the time, which inspired the Gothic Garden Collection by Insect Diva.
Jewelry also became more accessible as expanding commerce gave birth to a growing middle class in the Gothic era. 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 middle class 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 fascinatingly popularized the grand statement jewelry pieces of the Gothic period.
This collection features fine gold and sterling silver pieces as well as large statement costume pieces reminiscent of the Gothic love for jewelry. The designs are made of 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. The color story was inspired by the luscious reds, deep greens, royal purples, pale pinks, and bright whites expressed in Gothic frescoes.
I was so inspired by the beauty of this period that I designed and constructed my own Gothic garden. This included building a stone wall and rock pathways accented with moss to create a more ancient look, and then filling the garden with Gothic statues and beautiful flowers to feed our pollinators. I hope you feel inspired to create your own garden and see how an alternative aesthetic can be easily integrated into a pollinator conservation garden.