I made this large A1 study of Frejyr’s necklace as a further development of my collaborative work on the Vanaheim theme for the Nine Realms project for the Cambridge based arts group Artipeeps. I’m never sure if I’ve finished my investigations so am just going with the flow. I knew I wanted to make a larger piece with the necklace as a real focal point as it is so important in Frejyr’s story. The fact she had something so precious to her taken by Loki from around her neck as she slept fascinated me. The story goes that Loki turned himself into a fly to get through the keyhole in the door of her room. She wore the precious necklace even as she slept and had the clasp against the pillow as she lay on her back. So Loki turned himself into a flea to get to the fastening and undo it and steal the necklace away which led to a whole bunch of other trouble. I love the imagery in this story and it stays with me. So that’s the motivation behind this piece. I loved making the marks and seeing what wanted to be brought forward and what wanted to disappear. The knitted motifs seem to be fading too. I’ll see if this takes me into a painting over the Easter holidays.