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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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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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ralph laurenThe September issues of the fashion magazines were waiting for me when I arrived home. I feel like a child again, dreaming as I turn the pages of the toy catalogs before Christmas  My husband pointed out the featured photo from Ralph Lauren. One of the conversations at ‘art camp’ was the interest in chunky jewelry by the millennials. HMMM!!! This may be the perfect addition to my ‘Fall Collection’ and possibly my personal collection. Definitely, a we can do this necklace.

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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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Monir ShahroudyAs a ‘failed’ complex caner, I am always looking for patterns that can be translated into a simple cane. As you study this painting by Iranian artist, Monir Shahroudy, you can see it is a compilation of small pieces.While this artwork has many of the same design elements of a Zentangle, it was completed in 1980.

HMMMM!!!! Possibly, a complex cane is in my future…bit by bit.

 

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linda dartyLinda Darty’s Garden Badge Series celebrates memories of her childhood and attending garden club meetings with her mother in a small town in North Carolina. “The women in this small town would gather monthly, meeting with armfuls of flowers and greens that were spread over tables. These badges pay tribute to their efforts to create and formalize a time in their lives to celebrate beauty, community, and friendship while also expressing my ongoing inspiration from nature.
I’m intrigued by what kinds of badges I would identify myself with as the adult person I’ve become, not only what I would wear now, but what would be left behind for some future relative to pour over in a long forgotten jewelry box. I would want them to find flowers, leaves and branches of silver and blossoms of delicately painted glass, and to remember that I wore and made them to keep them alive in my life… that in the midst of the technology, the construction and destruction of this world so often at war, there is beauty to be treasured.”

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Typically, I do not feature polymer artists in Ornamental Elements, and leave my studio adventures/misadventures for What Are You Working on This Week. But, after a rather hectic year, I finally wrapped my creative mind around an article for the Summer issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. I have to thank Joan Tayler for inspiring the article. We participated in an exchange last fall, and she turned my exchange charms into a pair of earrings…so clever.

I have been tempted to write tutorials for digital media, but nothing beats the thrill of seeing your work published and on the newsstand at Barnes & Noble or Michaels. In February, Alice Stroppel, Julie Eakes. Meisha Barbee and I collaborated on a bangle project.  On the surface the initial idea appeared to be simple, but each of us found at least one or two challenges before the bangles were completed. You will find an article about our challenges in the Fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.

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taffin2There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal this week about James Taffin de Givenchy and his 753 year old family history book. While his uncle founded the fashion house, Givenchy, in 1952, James moved in a different direction…jewelry. The family history dates from the 1300’s and continues with updates from family members throughout the world.

What happened to this month? The last three weeks have been a swirl of family, art show prep and then a week of fabulous weather that constantly lured us outside. Spring on a barrier island is amazing…two bobcat sightings in the last week, the alligators are roaring, and we should see new fawns any day now.

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steven brixner2Steven Brixner approaches a new collection focused on one idea, but he allows the work to take him in numerous directions. “New work for me, begins to take form from a single idea. I tend to make lots of parts and then start putting them together into a series of pieces. I sometimes work on a series for a particular exhibition and then abandon it or I may continue to evolve it into a substantial body of work over many years. Inspiration comes from many sources. Natural forms, geometric shapes, primitive jewelry, historic metalwork, architecture, collaboration on a commissioned work, and unusual stones, have all led me in new directions.”

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