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altuzarraNothing is more classic than the spiral in jewelry design. Altuzarra includes several reverse cuff necklaces with spiral accents in his Spring 2014 collection. I think we can place this in the ‘we can do this category’.

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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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morganFor a tour de force of earring design, look no further than the Starz Original series…Camelot. There is a plethora of complex designs, but many are combinations of shapes or repeated shapes. I found this pair, worn by Morgan to be particularly intriguing…just a series of geometric elements similar to a spindle…very simple to emulate.

Have a safe and happy labor day weekend!!!

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bauble barAs you read this I will be attending ‘art camp’…an annual get away…that is actually a GET AWAY…limited electronic communication with the addition of wine and chocolate. Even though I’ve strayed to metal in the last few years, my mind is still processing ideas for ‘interesting’ polymer designs. When I stumbled across this necklace from BaubleBar I looked at the links very carefully. We can do this…there is a small slit disguised in the faux malachite pattern that allows you to link the chains.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband of MANY years. He knows how important art camp is to my creative soul and encourages me to attend each year…even though many years it overlaps with our anniversary. But…it actually takes him off the hook for a gift each year;)

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efva-afflingEfva Attling’s ring jumped off the page in the midst of a clutter of items. It was a ‘we can do this’ moment…in polymer!!!  Her early life as a member of a rock band influences her work today…words are everything. “Efva Attling is one of the most recognizable fashion icons in Sweden. Working in sterling silver, gold and precious stones, Efva Attling’s jewelry designs are described as “Beauty with a Thought”. She specializes in playing with words and expressions, adding an emotional dimension to her jewelry designs. Smooth lines and organic shapes portray a contemporary feel, yet there are also classic elements that makes her jewelry very wearable.”

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AquaCannon_webPattiy Torno is a multifaceted artist. ‘I began sewing in 1965. In my family, learning to sew was no surprise. In 1974, my last year in high school, I decided to become a fashion designer, as it was the only career I could think of, that would allow me to earn a living having something to do with what I love the most… sewing. I started quilting in 1983 right after I closed my first design company in NYC. I moved to Asheville in 1984 and opened Tornado Clothing Company. In 1989, I bought what is now Curve Studios. By 1995 I had closed Tornado and started quilting full time. After 10 years away, in 2002 i returned to Asheville to help found the River Arts District and realize my vision for CURVE studios & garden.’

Pattiy is now working on a body of work she calls ‘photopiercings‘. ‘In the spirit of her quilts but turned towards her photography, the new piecings are digital archival photographs, cut up and re-assembled, pva glued to a plywood box substrate that has been colored with inks and then the whole shebang gets a lacquer finish.’ AquaCannon_web

I am a lucky mother who’s daughter chose to live in Asheville 15 years ago. It is a wonderful place to visit and with some luck…we may live there on a part-time basis in the future. (I doubt that my son-in-law bargained for that)

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jean dubuffetDescending upon Switzerland this month are the world’s top gallerists, collectors, museum directors, and curators for the annual Art Basel show in Europe. The featured artwork by Jean Dubuffet would be an interesting collage of colorful canes.

Posts will be late and short for the next few days…hopefully, life will calm down next week.

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