My Chinese adventure began in England at Broughton castle in
Oxfordshire when I stayed in a room with the most beautiful green
18th century Chinese wallpaper. I noticed that occasionally, small
butterflies had been hand painted in the wallpaper, and I was
charmed by their flitting and fluttering over the walls. I found
myself day dreaming about the Far East of the 18th century,
imagining the Forbidden city and its exotic palaces, sumptuous
silks and stories of the Emperor. I sketched butterflies in all
sizes, some as earrings, some larger for brooches and necklaces.
They were golden and small, larger and diamond set with facetted
stones sparkling on their wings . And so I named them after the
names for the capital: Peking (the smallest), Nanjing (the medium
size) and Beijing (the larger brooch and pendants).