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acacia creationsDuring the next few weeks, I will be featuring exhibitors from NY NOW, a wholesale marketplace for “home & lifestyle”. I was drawn to Acacia Creations because of their work with artisans in Kenya, a country that faces many challenges due to the political climate that has dramatically impacted their tourist industry. “The mission of Acacia Creations has always been to improve lives in a long-lasting and sustainable way.  We go beyond fair trade by creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to the community through our education and healthcare initiatives.  We work directly with hundreds of craftsmen and women at our Nairobi studio and across East Africa to improve their skills and product designs.” 

I have all of these beads in my ‘stash’ of ‘stuff’. It is time to pull out the memory wire and go to work. 

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christine kellerLike many of us, Christine Keller dabbled in a variety of mediums before setting her sights on jewelry. She describes her style as whimsical & fun with edgier pieces that make a bold statement. “Christine began expressing herself as a wood-carver in 1995.  In 2008, she took up pottery, leading to experiments with jewel-like cabochons of clay and melted glass. Having a lifelong love of jewelry, she began wire wrapping in 2009 as a way to incorporate the cabochons into pendants.  She has since expanded the line to include rings, earrings, and bracelets.  During the summer of 2012, Chris became a silversmith and has added handforged designs to the Chrizart collection.” I found her ‘Chunky Funky’ line to be of interest and easily translated into other mediums. 

It is taking some time to decompress from ‘art camp’…aptly named by my grandchildren. 22 artists spent the week generously sharing a variety of tips and tricks. What constantly amazes me, is we are all working with similar materials…but in 22 distinct voices. My final impressions from the week are laughter, beautiful rainbows (including a double), some rather intriguing drink recipes, the depth of talent in the workroom (at times a little intimidating), the tranquility of our surroundings, and a sisterhood that is a rare gift.

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cheryl campbellCheryl Campbell works in the field of energy medicine and witnesses this kind of energy exchange in her work. “What’s most interesting is someone will be attracted to a piece for a design element or colors, not realizing there are words on it. When I point out the affirmation, they are stunned the quote is exactly what suits them.” This aspect of her work became clear to me as I edited the photo for this post and read the quote on the bracelet. While my future may be cloudy right now with the uncertainty of what we are doing after we sell our house, all will be sunny once we get this behind us.

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Target is collaborating with Feed USA to provide 10 million meals to children and families across America. “FEED began in 2006 when acclaimed model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) School Feeding program. As a WFP Honorary Student Spokesperson, Lauren visited countries around the world in Asia, Latin America, and Africa where WFP is operating and was inspired by the plight of the people she met on her travels. She took a special interest in WFP’s School Feeding program, which feeds and educates hungry children. She first created the FEED 1 bag, a reversible burlap and organic cotton bag reminiscent of the bags of food distributed by WFP, to help raise funds and awareness around these school feeding operations. It was stamped with “FEED the children of the world” and the number ‘1’ to signify that each bag feeds one child in school for one year. And in 2007, FEED Projects LLC was founded by Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson to produce and sell these bags.”

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sarah grahamSarah Graham’s career as a jeweler had a rather circuitous route. After earning a masters degree in international business and working in that field, she realized her true path lay elsewhere. “Her jewelry is inspired by a variety of sources. The names of her lines – Pebbles, Oyster, Conifer and Bamboo, even Foil and Paper Chain – are clues as to their origins. “What I love about nature is that you get geometry, but then you get mutations and anomalies, too,” says Sarah, who maintains that observations of the natural world taught her the patience necessary for the jewelers’ process.”

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clairelyClaire Requa describes the lighting designs for her company, Accents, as FUNKTIONAL. Utilizing the acrylic ‘scraps’ from her lighting designs, Claire has created a line of jewelry, aptly named…Clairely.

“What started five years ago as a single lamp shade in polypropylene inspired by classical chandeliers, has grown to become a collection of lamp shades in polypropylene and lighting fixtures in acrylic. The collection of products also include mirrors, cushions, mugs and more. So popular are the products that they have been available in various shops in over 20 countries.

Claire continues to create and develop her ideas, producing ever more new and exciting designs, with varying functions and purposes. The Claire de Lune Chandeliers are flat pack to minimize carbon footprint, and eco-friendly packing materials are used where possible. Even a line of jewellery was created as a side to use the excess acrylic – upcycled jewellery. And so it was that Clairely Jewellery was born.”

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In a Back to The Future design trend,chanel it is time for checks and plaids…again. The featured items go from Quay Eye Wear’s Glomesh sunglasses at $40 to Chanel’s tweed bangle at $775. ‘Check’ out the May Elle magazine for more tartans and tweeds.

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lynn-banI haven’t worked out the engineering of this cuff from Lynn Ban in polymer, but I see polymer replacing the ‘rumpled’ metal with fabric as the insert. HMMMMM!!! Lynn Ban’s website is members only…try the Google images for more inspiration from this ‘edgy’ artist.

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uno de 50Vacation is over, but I am still in a Charleston frame of mind…easy, breezy and carefree. I stumbled across an ad in a local paper for Graffito. They do not have a website, but I am certain you will find a world of inspiration on the Graffito Facebook page. Then you will be Doin’ the Charleston.

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winner - Penelope Bracelet - Kathleen Novak Tucci
Kathleen Nowak Tucci’s first experiments with recycled bicycle & motorcycle tires did not have the results that she envisioned.
“Always curious and compulsively creative she returned to the pile of scraps and began to play with them.”  Her perseverance was rewarded with a 2012 Niche Award for the featured Penelope Bracelet.

I found a ‘smidge’ of time to add a post for this week. Thank you to everyone who let me know how much they enjoy the daily posts and the best wishes for a ‘smooth move’. When the dust settles on all of this I will share the adventures and mis-adventures of the past few months.

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