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louis-vuitton-escale-worldtime-watch-1Louis Vuitton’s name is synonymous with elegance & timeless design. Now, the design is time…or in this case the Escale Worldtime “featuring a dial that displays 24 cities and countries around the world and hand painted with 38 differing colours. The new complication has been designed to rid the face of extra hands and replace them with three separately rotating dials. With such workmanship (it’s takes a whole week to paint one face alone) it’s no wonder that only 20 will be made this year (and that each will set you back $67,000)”.

While this watch is not in my price range, the  handpainted squares on the face are great inspiration for a series of canes. 

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tai vautier2Tai Vautier describes these stack rings as ‘fanciful & luscious’.Though studying psychology is a secret love of mine I mainly grew up painting and drawing and creating lots of art projects. I took jewelry making in high school and ‘lost wax’ casting in college. Later after I completed my degree in psychology I turned to jewelry making as my love for adornments has always captivated  me. One of my most favorite artists is Alfonso  Mucha and though my jewelry is not following in this vain he has always been my greatest artistic inspiration.”

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swarovskiFounded in 1895, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s largest producer of precision cut crystals. Recently, Swarovski partnered with Maison Martin Margiela to create a collection of bold jewelry featuring stalactite shaped crystals. “What makes the Maison Martin Margiela Crystalactite for Swarovski totally unique is the fact that it is made using the pioneering Crystal Fusion technique, by which crystal is merged with matt white resin before it is cut, making gluing unnecessary. This is unprecedented, and the result is startlingly futuristic—an avant-garde and asymmetric beauty, inspired by the shape and structure of stalactites.”

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antonio pinedaScrolling through the images of Antonio Pineda’s jewelry, you will notice the strong design aesthetic is derived from the simple repetition of geometric elements.  

“A Taxco native, Pineda was among the most prominent of the many silversmiths to emerge from the mountain mining town beginning in the 1930s. He was the subject of a 2008-09 exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, “Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda,” which traced the evolution of his work through the 1970s.”He was certainly one of the major modernist silversmiths in the 1950s, ’60s and certainly into the ’70s,” said Betsy Quick, the Fowler’s director of education and the show’s in-house curator.”

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emilio pucciAnyone who works in polymer appreciates the genius of Judith Skinner’s technique of blending colors seamlessly across the surface. According to the fashion world, the ‘watercolor gradient adds a painterly finish to the season’s coolest staples.’ The fashion magazines are filled with ombre designs from head to toes…hair to shoes. Two examples are the shimmering rainbow evening bag from Roger Vivier (a limited edition of 50 and at $4050…perfect for any holiday occasion) and the subtle shading of the long gown from the Emilio Pucci’s (a definite departure from his typical pop art prints.)

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valentinoI found myself at a loss for words to describe the fashion world of Valentino. Although he retired from the day to day operations of the Valentino brand, the jaw dropping designs continue to walk the runway. I will let the images of the chevron design that caught my eye in the latest Elle and the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show do the talking.  (Love the lucite Minaudiere…be sure to scroll down the home page to see the ‘camubutterfly’)

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emily-miranda3After receiving a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Hunter College,  Emily Miranda’s career took an interesting turn...“through an unlikely hobby- sculpting edible natural history dioramas out of sugar. These ‘cakes’ led her to fall in love with the interactivity of design. Today, jewelry and curiosity mingle and merge within the Emily Miranda universe. Her creations are imagined as treasured specimens- fantastical objects or creatures washed up on a beach or hidden in a forest, waiting to be discovered by the discerning and inquisitive collector.” 

The featured photos highlight the sculptural quality of her work and the video gives us a ‘peek’ into the source of many of her designs. 

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My apologies for the loooooooooong delay between posts…no excuses…just life interfering!

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baharal-gnidaBaharal-Gnida is a husband and wife team who bring backgrounds in furniture design, ceramics and metal smithing to the world of art jewelry. “An exploration of sculptural form is at the core of the jewelry objects Talya Baharal and Gene Gnida create.  Their work is hand-formed and constructed of sterling silver, bronze, copper and steel, achieving a formidable visual scale yet very light and wearable.  Abstracting bold contemporary form while drawing inspiration from iconic themes is at the heart of the their work.”

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If you have a bit of extra money to spend, rush over to Burberry for the hand painted Bloomsbury bag. If not, find a leather bag in the closet or thrift store, pull out your stash of acrylic paints, channel first grade art class and you will be saving anywhere from $3,000 to $37,000. OH…of course, there are the shoes…do not forget the shoes!!! 

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american craft council

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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