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lizzie fortunato2Twins, Lizzie & Kathryn Fortunato founded their eponymous line in 2008 with the intent of creating unique accessories that use unexpected materials.  “Lizzie designs the line, while Kathryn, who got her start on Wall Street, oversees sales and operations. Lizzie studied Art History and English at Duke University (where Kathryn majored in Economics) and her interest in “dressing to tell a story” is reflected in the pieces she creates.”

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ncrocksThe Mother-Daughter team of Nadine Hammoud and Cherine Altobaishi design jewelry that is inspired by their Lebanese heritage and their travels to exotic locales. Timeless in style and modern in expression, NC Rocks creations recall the abstract musings of artists like Al Held and Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. They honor the stylized ornamentation of art deco, the contoured fashions of the 30s and 50s, and the liberal, versatile vibe of the 70s.

My New Years resolution to post on a timely basis was foiled by technology…our internet connection evaporated on New Years day and did not return until today.

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monique peanAs you scroll through the work of Monique Pean, you may be struck by a simple yet powerful design aesthetic. “MONIQUE PÉAN uses environmentally responsible procedures to source its materials, and uses 18 carat recycled gold and platinum, conflict and devastation free precious stones, diamonds and fossils, which are gathered with no mining involved. MONIQUE PÉAN is a member of the No Dirty Gold campaign and a supporter of the Too Precious to Wear campaign.”

The stone in this dramatic ring is Kyanite. Some believe kyanite is a calming stone, helping to quiet the mind and dissolve feelings of anger and frustration.

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1697_searchSolange Azagury-Partridge has a rather eclectic mix of inspirations…Berbers, Rubies, the Moon, Gargoyles etc….but first on the list “LIONS”.  “I feel a huge love and affinity with Lions. My star sign is leo, my hair is big and frizzy like a lion’s mane, I’m a carnivore, I’m from Africa, I’m sociable and lazy”

Like the inspirations, her work encompasses a wide variety of styles and several categories. Rings, in the jewelry category, move from refined to playful and then into edgy. I was attracted to the stairway in her London showroom. Each step is carpeted in a different pattern, creating a riot of color. HMMM!!! I wonder if I can talk my husband into that for the stairway to his loft office!!!

solange azaguryA recent article in the Wall Street Journal featured Solange and highlights of her work over the past 28 years. The 1999 ‘Nature Ring’ for a mere $24,500 caught my eye…but the 1996 ‘Hotlips’ ring is still a best seller…$9,600.

 

 

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The latest issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine features a series of ‘Calderesque’ light fixtures.  The dramatic arrangement of the elements in the fixtures would translate well as pendants, suspended on a cable necklace. 

The photo on the left features a fixture from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio“Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a  bi-coastal based design studio operating between Seattle and Brooklyn and embracing the best of both coasts. L&G Studio’s aesthetic and design philosophy is a balanced blend of warm minimalism, playful austerity, and simple sophistication.”

The photo on the right features the Helix Variant from lighting designer Bec Brittain & sculptor Hilda Hillstrom  and ” pairs LED lights and brass forms with pigmented jesmonite, illuminating the relationship between planar forms and volume.”

 

 

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Przemek KrawczyńskiPrzemek Krawczyński started his career working in architecture and engineering…until 2009 when he ‘met his first gourd’. “I started making gourd lamps in 2009 when, for the first time in my life, I accidently came across the gourd fruit. As soon as I made my first gourd lamp, I knew that I wanted to make another one and shortly after that it became my great passion.”przemek

Przemek feels that “Light is kind of magic: insubstantial, yet visible. It is something that can change our material world and the way we perceive it in thousand ways. After all, it is light that winds our body clock; it naturally boosts our mood and heals us.”

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Today’s post includes artists who are kindred spirits, who elevate the flotsam of our daily living to a new level and a new life. 

brenda guyton2Brenda Guyton’s work reflects her interest in artificial intelligence and biological adaptations. “In the body of work I am currently building, my intent is to shift the viewer’s perspective.  The figurative elements combine with the electronic parts to evoke images of the “future is now” melding of biological creature with machine “life”.  Perhaps one day our very thoughts will be software, riding on an electric network of consciousness.”

michelle stitzleinIn addition to creating artwork from recycled materials, Michelle Stitzlein has created a series of workshops, demonstrations and lectures for children, adults and teachers focusing on the use of bottle caps and other recycled materials. She “has been creating sculpture with recycled materials as a full-time artist since 2000 in her Baltimore, OH, studio. Her work has been shown in art and craft museums nationally. She has visited over 50 elementary schools and organizations as an artist-in-residence and continues to share her passion for creating with humble materials in her books, workshops, presentations and exhibitions.”

 

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EmilioPucciAW2015_2In a recent Elle magazine, there were pages and pages of trends. The trend that caught my eye was entitled Board Games and the page was covered with models wearing checkerboard  patterned clothing. While, all were interesting the Emilio Pucci ‘Op Art’ boots and tunic dominated the page.

As an additional visual ‘feast’, I couldn’t resist adding another photo from the Pucci 2015/2016 Fall/Winter collection. Scroll down the page on the link above for more from this collection.

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Tiro Tiro jewelry designer, Teresa Robinson, allows the materials she selects to direct her. “Tiro comes from the latin word for a beginner or novice. Tiro Tiro embraces an era of experimentation and improvisation, drawing from our years of practice and honed expertise and then making things up as we go. Evolving and exploring new mediums and techniques, we allow the materials to guide us, finding that some of our best work happens by accident.”

I apologize for the erratic nature of my posts of late. During the last month we completed our move from Columbus, Ohio to South Carolina. Leaving behind 4 decades of family, friends and memories has certainly had it’s ups and downs. But, we are both excited to see what this new chapter in our life brings.

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lauren pollaroLauren Pollaro is drawn to combinations of unexpected materials that take the viewer on a visual journey. “I find it satisfying to harmonize the chaos of so many disparate materials and options. I first surprise myself with certain combinations and discoveries and then it is my intent to take the viewer on a visual journey. I believe there is so much to see upon close observation of most anything. I hope for the viewer and/or wearer to make continual discoveries in my work and to feel a pleasing connection with my pieces.”

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