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According to the February issue of American Craft Magazine, 2014 is the year of the charm. “Whether it’s a single statement piece dangling from your wrist or a full-on array, charms are back from the fashion past and more chic than ever.” 

endlessA definite ‘we can do this’ inspiration is the Endless Charm Bracelet from Endless Jewelry. Move from leather to extruded polymer; wirewrap charms or create your own from polymer or metal clay; slip everything on memory wire…CHARMING!!!

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Prior to taking the position as Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof requested a visit to the Tiffany archives. She discovered that through Tiffany’s 177 year history there was much more than ‘traditional’ design. It was a geometric necklace with clean lines and a square setting that inspired the Tiffany T Collection. “A trained jeweler and silversmith, design director Francesca Amfitheatrof reimagined the letter T as a piece of engineering, which you can see in the mechanisms for cuffs. The T is sculptural and bold and very closely linked to the architecture of New York City,”

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annie morganAnnie Morgan’s blog begins with a beautiful description of creativity. “Creativity keeps a messy house. She dances on your shoulder when you least expect it… to music you have never heard before. She whispers in your ear at night while you are trying to sleep…she is elusive in the morning.– A. Morgan”

Sorry for the delay in posting, but we have spent the last week dealing with the myriad of issues that come with closing a business and ‘cleaning’ out the office and warehouse. ( I think much of it ended up in my garage.) I am now fully retired from wearing my business hat and moving toward life as a full time artist.

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katherine wheelerAustralian artist, Katherine Wheeler, received a BFA in Gold and Silversmithing, but her recent work has moved her toward the delicate materials of porcelain, paper and thread. “Wheeler mainly makes sculptural jewellery, and hollowware that combine materials such as thin silver, porcelain, paper and thread. The works and  materials are often ‘camouflaged’ under white paint, to create a new skin for the forms which are anthrophomorphic, the white bleaches the forms leaving them with the appearance of  shell or bone.”

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atelier zobel (791x800)German artist, Peter Schmid, finds beauty in even humble materials. “I think of myself as both artist and craftsman. The artist seeks inspiration to unlock the hidden beauty in people, places and materials; the craftsman toils to transform ideas into a finished object. 
“I work with materials that emerge from nature. A flawless diamond is clearly beautiful – but the same beauty can be found in every stone, regardless of its value, once its character is revealed.”

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earl pardonEarl Pardon’s bracelets jumped off the Pinterest page…and onto one of my boards. This quote from a 1980 retrospective now haunts the way I look at minutiae…“In Nature and its awesome wonderment I find this equally true—a growth of moss can be visually more significant than a forest; a singular stone can be more interesting than a mountain.” Artist’s statement, Earl Pardon: Retrospective Exhibition, Skidmore College, 1980″

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linda ladurner3Linda Ladurner’s work speaks for itself…bold, focused fascinating. While her internet presence is confined to Pinterest,…what could be better than letting your work tell your story? “I work alone, with silver, gold and gemstones, and only make one of a kind. I make jewellery for the human body, my pieces must be easy to wear, and nice to touch. I want women (or men) to be active, my pieces should accompany them anywhere, it gives my works more life and meaning. Wearability, also durability are aspects in jewellery I very much care about.”

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denise reytanThe theme of Denise Reytan’s T1mepeace collection is going to be my resolution for next year…”When you are happy it doesn’t matter what time it is”. Bookmark this post to spend some time after the holiday rush to work your way through her site.  Her designs feature a riot of color and combinations that are destined to bring a smile to your face.

This post and the next few may be EXTREMELY brief. This has to do with the time of the year, as well as the dreaded 9 letter word…INVENTORY!!!

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frey willeAs many of you know, I find a great deal of inspiration from the color palette of Frey Wille and the simple combinations of those colors in his enameled jewelry. Now that the art show has been put to bed, I’m looking for a new direction…and this bangle bracelet from Frey Wille is pointing the way. While his web site is ‘pretty’…head over to Pinterest for a visual feast.

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cynthia gale2Cynthia Gale’s jewelry runs the gamut from fine lace inspired bangles to rugged skyscraper inspired silhouettes.Cynthia Gale’s philosophy is simple: to create exquisite, high quality sterling silver jewelry inspired by art and the world around us. She specializes in creating modern, urban eclectic, art inspired, fine craft sterling silver jewelry. Her collections are designed in her mid-town Manhattan studio and produced in Indonesia by talented artisans.”

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