Visit our gallery and my open studio this weekend!
If you ask nicely I will start a fire and show off some enameling skills.
In Come 2C there are twenty artists showing paintings, sculpture and jewelry.
Gallery hours are as seen above and Sunday from 11am-2pm. It is quite a lovely collection in a gorgeous space. Please drop by, we would love to invite you in for a drink and to share our work with you.
After seeing a bunch of braided hairstyles online I decided to try one out on my long locks. As a girls who always had french braids in my hair, I thought this would be easier, but was I ever wrong. Good thing I have some awesome crafty friends who make hairpins to hide my mistakes.
I complimented [or hid] one side of my messy ends with this lovely hairpin by Jen of the littlest bean. It was the perfect match to my favorite marigold vans shirt which was the perfect match to my smoky vans shoes. With an up-do a girl certainly needs earrings, being a jewelry maker makes you need earrings even more. I think these sea foam with a dash of marigold dots were just the right accent. I can never resist adding just one more complimentary color.
happy weekend! I am off to try another braided up-do, and you?
ps: it really brightened my day to have a feminine hairdo with an otherwise sporty getup. isn't it fun to mix and match when it comes to style and color? i certainly think so.
I am so very excited to announce my newest stockist, Equinox Gallery in San Antonio. My shiny objects with dashes of color were shipped off yesterday hoping to arrive in time for Fiesta!
As I made piles of silver dust in my studio I kept thinking of all the wonderful and talented designers I would be keeping company with at Equinox. I must say, I am so very honored to be in the same space as them.
April Wood has lovely geometric designs arranged into natural forms.
Tara Locklear uses wood and recycled skateboards to put a modern twist on costume jewelry.
Kat Cole uses a wonderful mix of materials to achieve rich colors and textures.
Marissa Saneholtz uses enamel, powder coating and tin to touch on gender issues in her work which is rich in imagery.
Rachel Timmons uses untraditional materials to create chain, a traditional jewelry material, yet pushes the limits with size and function.
Laura Wood uses repurposed jewelry and gives it new life. I love her powdercoated finishes and subtle asymmetry which pushes the boundaries of an otherwise traditional style.
Audrey Peck uses seemingly discarded materials to recreate delicate pieces rich in texture.
Abigail Heuss is easily my favorite artist represented by Equinox. We are former bench mates from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. I am lucky to own a pair of her tin earrings. They are just as amazing as she is.
Anne Fiala creates work rich in materials yet these pieces are just one material used to represent what would usually be a stone in a metal setting. I am in love with the contradiction.
Amy Tavern has long been a favorite jeweler of mine. It has been years since I first discovered she uses spray paint to achieve her rich hues yet I am still mesmerized.
Caitie Sellers makes amazing jewelry inspired by ironwork and cityscapes which is so easy for this city dweller to love.
Long, long ago at a craft fair I was neighbors with Mei-Ling of Twitch and Whiskers. From across the aisle I kept eyeing her thimble necklaces. There were so many thimble and charm combinations to choose from. I easily helped a friend pick one which was just perfect for her, yet I was overwhelmed with the possibilities for myself. Then a few weeks ago I learned two things, Mei-Ling customizes these sweet necklaces and that they were soon to be discontinued.
Once I was able to help design this necklace I knew just what I wanted. A singer thimble. It had to be a singer, my grandmother sewed on a singer and wore a thimble when mending clothes by hand. Little six year old me never understood how she could even use her fingers with a thimble, never mind actually mend something so well you couldn't tell what needed mending to begin with. For the charm I just knew I need to have scissors. Of course my grandmother used them while sewing and mending but more important was the memory I have of her scissors tied to the arm of her rocking chair. I asked her one day, why tie them there? Why not just leave them on the side table? Knowing her family all too well, she tied them down. Being the thrifty woman she was and an avid reader of the news, she was forever clipping coupons and items of importance. She wasn't about to go chasing down a grandchild to save her scissors from a craft project.
For years I have wanted to make the perfect necklace to remember her by. She is just so important to me and I have so many memories that I have yet to organize my ideas and feelings into just one piece or even a collection of pieces. It is still too overwhelming for me to undertake. So, this sweet thimble means so much more to me than anyone could ever know and I want to thank dear, Mei-Ling for making this piece for me. As I move about working in my studio the necklace jingles a little melody, reminding me of the woman who made my first craft project with me and who saw my talent in drawing, got me some charcoal pencils and signed me up for art classes. This same woman also made me put away my drawings to go outside and play. She knew just what she was doing, giving me inspiration to get back in the house to start drawing again. I am so very grateful.
thanks for reading this little tribute. make sure you stop by Twitch and Whiskers and get yourself a thimblism necklace of one of Mei-Lings' other awesome designs.
Seeing as the birthstone for April is diamond, I realized I could chose most any color. I went with 'raven' as my favorite diamonds are black.
Use code 'diamond' in my April Sale section to get 20% off any raven design. I would love to make a custom necklace for you, if you have a color to compliment raven with email me and we will work together to make something you love.
I have a story to share. A lovely woman in France ordered this Parisian blue nasturtium necklace from me. She had a simple request, to have 'Capucine' engraved on the back of the necklace. She shared a story with me which made me determined to have this word engraved on the back of her pendant. My customer told me that she chose the name 'Capucine' [French for nasturtium] for her second daughter which she was only with for one short day. I was told that she saw my necklace and felt at peace. As I read her story my eyes filled with tears. For her, her family, for Capucine and for feeling so very honored to be chosen to make a piece of jewelry in remembrance of someone my customer loved so dearly.
As an undergrad student I went through many critiques discussing the meaning of my work and the work of my fellow classmates. I always found it interesting to learn what drove someone to make something. To learn of their emotions and meaning behind the work that I too had a reaction to. Sometimes the meaning was easy to see, other times the meaning was very different from person to person. We all relate to things in a different manner. When I created this necklace I was trying to capture my response to watching my nasturtium plant grow from seed to leaf ]it didn't flower the first year]. The leaves were so whimsical on my fire escape. The irregular circles enchanted me and stood out from the rest of my potted plants. I set out to recreate this organic shape in silver, stretching and altering the familiar circles I had been working with for so long. Even though these are only slightly different their grace and irregularity excited me and got me experimenting with new colors to enhance the shape of my nasturtium pendant. I was merely capturing an observation. My customer was searching for peace and a way to remember a life she created and she found it in this simple necklace which she keeps close to her heart. Never could I have possibly known that another person would have such a powerful reaction to my jewelry. I am humbled and honored to be a maker. I hope that this in some small way does bring this woman peace. That is keeps Capucine with her, near her heart and finds comfort.
Thank you for reading, supporting me, my work and finding your own meaning in the craft I love. These little moments mean the world to me.
a special thanks to Jim at Beehive Handmade for knowing just how important it was to help me engrave this piece.
I have decided to offer an enameled hue to represent each month's birthstone for the rest of the year. For March 'snow' and 'pollen' will be 20% off with code 'aquamarine' at checkout. If you would like a necklace to match the pollen earrings email me and we will make it happen. Celebrate with color.
For some time now I have been meaning to write a series of blog posts inspired by color in my handmade community. Often I see that makers I know are working with similar hues. Whether it be hand sewn attire, hand dyed yarn, felted goods or handmade accessories we seem to migrate towards the same colors or combinations of color. I guess my talented friends and I have a good eye for what works!
Recently one of my favorite collectors of all things handmade posted a tweet to let us makers know that she was wearing shades of plum in enamel and felt. She sent us a picture of her beautiful smiling face as she sported her handmade bling to show us just how well our work came together. Kat also gave us the best compliment a maker can hear, "I always feel a little boost when I wear work from either (or both) of you!" Now that is the best thing a maker could ever hear. To think that another person has that strong of a reaction to your work, the pieces you pour your heart and soul into is heartwarming. Work you sometimes sweat over and bleed while fabricating or cry over. Kat's sentiment means the world to me and makes me want to run to my jeweler's bench right this moment and not emerge until I am sufficiently covered in silver dust.
I have this thing for collecting old hammers. The more dinged up and used the better.
I never have a particular plan for its use when I purchase these hammers, but I continue buying more and more knowing they will find a use one day. Making jewelry is my passion, I won't not be making jewelry any time soon.
My hammer wall is starting to overflow and the collection has caught my attention once again. I realized that in these old tools there were textures to be discovered and new jewelry to be made. Loving all things itty and bitty I set out to see what textures these hammers would create on my small silver circles.
One hammer produced a dappled texture and the other a mess of hazy lines. I fell in love with the results. I brought these pieces back to my bench and played around with how I wanted these textures to mingle and fit together. Somehow my design fell quickly into place. One, oxidized circle would be front and center while one lined, hazy circle would fall to the right and one dappled, cratered circle would fall to the left. After showing off my new design on Instagram I had heard over and over how this piece reminded folks of moons.
Calling this "to the moon and back" came naturally. This necklace was made out of my love of playing with textures and the hammers that create them. It came out of my passion to push myself to create a new design to keep me inspired and in love with my work. It also came from a desire I had to wear something new.
Of course I wanted earrings to match, the necklace and the wearer's emotions. Textures and finishes mingle allowing the wearer to choose whether a dark , stormy hazy day suited their outlook or if a dappled shiny moon better was better suited for that particular day. We all have hazy times which prevent us from seeing our lives clearly and the dappled days of sunlight and clarity when love is right there in front of us. And we all have someone in our lives who loves us to the moon and back no matter which outlook we have.
ps: Valentine's Day is coming. Fellas, tell your lady you love her to the moon and back with some new bling from my shop!