Hi friends! I’ve been working hard over the last few weeks on a big website update. The gallery views have changed, the navigation is cleaner, and…..
I’ve got an online store, y’all!
Take a look around and let me know what you think! The store is still a work in progress, and I’ll be updating steadily with new products. Thanks for all the support lately, you guys!
So I have discovered a few websites recently that have totally changed my outlook on life. And by life of course I mean fashion. I haven’t really paid much attention to it (the fashion, not the life) since I quit working retail and spend most of my days behind an apron and a thick layer of soot. Pinterest has changed all of that. While I’m not sure that being connected to something that makes me want to buy things all day is very healthy, it has been SUPER useful distilling the things that attract me into different categories (aka boards) and using those boards as inspiration or launchpads for other projects. Or buying things. Ok I have bought ONE thing because of pinterest and it was worth it. (feeling the guilt, y’all.)
The other one is Polyvore, which is the equivalent of cutting up all your Seventeen and YM magazines and pasting your favorite outfits onto cardboard and hanging it by your hairdryer. Except instead of magazines you have links to designer threads and instead of your hairdryer you hang it on your facebook, twitter, pinterest (it’s inside my head,) or social media outlet of choice.
So anyway, I decided that this rediscovered interest in fashion should be used for good, and by good I mean business. It helps when I am designing jewelry to think about who will potentially be wearing the pieces I create. I have been feeling a disconnect between the world of making and the world of wearing, and THIS is the answer!
Here is the 5-Charm Quetzal Necklace, Simple Lobe Studs, and Scroll Bangle Bracelet- all pieces from the Acero Collection and available here. You can see the clothing inspiration board I put together on Polyvore here!
I would love to see my Large Tejutla Hoops with this outfit, all urban chic and whatnot. The quatrefoil Window Ring is available here. I’d kill for that orange bag. See the collection here.
Holler at your girl if you want in on some of this jewelry. You know where to find me: email@example.com.
Thank you, internet, for giving me more reasons every day to strengthen my skills of self control.
Mark your calendars, y’all- I’m heading to the big city. If you live in New York or will be around on December 3rd, please come by Crown NYC, an incredible salon in the West Village, where I’ll have a large selection of jewelry, snacks, and drinks. 8pm- bring a friend!
No opossums! But the others, yes.
First, I have an opening tomorrow at the Artery for a group show entitled Craft: a Sense of Place. Here’s the description:
In celebration of American Craft Week, HandMade in America’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod, is hosting an exhibition at The Artery entitled Craft: A Sense of Place. This show embodies the sense of place common to craft artists across the region.
The Western North Carolina craft artists featured in this exhibition make work that is inspired by their sense of place, whether it is emotional or physical, in Western North Carolina or another area of the world. Artists Daniel Essig, books and mixed media, Chris Perryman, furniture and sculpture, and Caitie Sellers, jewelry and sculpture, all create pieces that transport the viewer through sentiment or imagery.
Please join HandMade in America for a reception to celebrate the work of regional craft artists during American Craft Week on Friday, October 7 from 7 to 9pm at The Artery, located at 346 Depot Street in the Pink Dog Creative building.
And in other news, I have a new retailer, the Shop at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh! All of these goodies arrived last week.
Thanks, as always, for reading, and if you’re in the Asheville area I’d really appreciate it if you stopped by for the opening tomorrow!
Little Bird Drops
Vine and Pebble Earrings
Little Birds and Maroon Pebble Pendant
I took a short break from my architectural work with steel to play with a box full of pebbles found in our old basement in Montana. Plus I’m a sucker for sparrows, even if Portlandia has ruined my sentiment forever!
I have some charms for sale at the Society for Contemporary Craft right now! See/own these:
Or these ridiculously amazing charms by Vina Rust:
Or these adorable/disturbing goldfish by Meg Roberts.. oh wait! You can’t cause they’re sold out!
Or my personal favorites, these sterling and steel cast crystals by Sarah West:
If you haven’t yet, check them all out here!
We already know what time of year it is. Let’s not rub it in. It’s time for that most dreaded of yearly posts: mail cut off dates and studio closings.
If you have any desire for a piece of jewelry available in my Etsy shop please purchase before 12/16 to receive it before Christmas.
The same goes for the jewelry associated with the Blooming Rose Foundation. 50% of profits go to the foundation and it’s wonderful services. Order before Thursday! Please!!
My husband and I will be taking a long break with our families from December 21st to January 3rd (2011!) and the studio will be closed for that time. I hope to not set foot in a post office for a full two weeks!
Happy Holidays and a happy new year to you and yours!!