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Two New Locations!!!

instagram photosThe focus of Ornamental Elements is moving from featuring the work of multiple artists to featuring work in process in my studio on Instagram.

In addition, the latest work of over 40 amazing artists in the Charleston Crafts Gallery is featured monthly in the Charleston Crafts  Co-Op Gallery Blog.

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‘She’s Back’…

After a 10 month hiatus, it is time to focus on pattern, color, design and of course, a bit of whimsy now and then.

Why wait for the whimsy when Dolce & Gabbana provides us with a riot of color and pattern in the Queen of Hearts Collection.  For more from this collection, look no further than the Elle online review of the Spring 2018 show.

New Site

For the next few months the Ornamental Elements blog will be moving to What Are You Working on This Week.

Thank You

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Iconic Design

guastavino_int-grandeOn a recent trip to the Biltmore Estate, I noticed the amazing tile work of Rafael Guastavino. Little did I realize his work covers some of the most iconic public spaces in the United States. “The Guastavino family’s soaring tile vaults grace many of the nation’s most iconic structures including Grand Central Terminal, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Boston Public Library, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Nebraska State Capitol.”

Angles are In

ambersceatsThese sleek earrings from Australian designer Amber Sceats start our year with a timeless design element…the triangle. Amber’s designs are “Heavily influenced by her appreciation for art, travel and architecture; Amber Sceats is an ode to the abstract. The underlying ‘rock’ element throughout her collections make the pieces uncompromisingly contemporary whilst simultaneously timeless.”

Channeling Your Inner Child

fcd5e594cb7e435c21be92877eecc300There is something about the holiday season, that brings out the inner child in all ages.  Van Cleef & Arpels’ animal clip collection for 2016 will be certain to bring a smile to your face.With its glittering procession of animals, the Maison’s new High Jewelry collection takes an affectionate look at the tale of Noah’s Ark. These giraffes are up to their necks in emeralds and sapphires, offering a spectacular tribute to the wonders of the animal kingdom.”

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Historic Collection’ at the bottom of the page for more look back at some earlier pieces…love the lion and the cat!!!

Strictly Geometry

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I stumbled across this glassware by Joseph Hoffman in a Wall Street Journal insert entitled…The Future of Everything. His background is fascinating, but the scope of his life’s work is amazing…furniture, glassware, architecture, jewelry etc.

With an eye that favored strict geometric shapes, Josef Hoffmann was in many ways anticipatory of the cubist movement. His fondness for the square was so well-known that the architect and designer earned the nickname Quadrati-Hoffmann (Square Hoffman) among his peers.

Hoffmann was among the rare breed of designers who could make anything. Coming to prominence at the turn of the 20th century, the Austrian creative put his mark on everything from lounge chairs and silverware to a modernist sanatorium. Hoffmann undoubtedly owed much of his success to good company—working alongside artists like Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, the young Hoffmann founded the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists that held exhibitions of progressive work as a reaction to the prevailing conservatism of the art world.”