Posts Tagged ‘alice stroppel’


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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The Chanel Rainbow collection pops from the pages of all of the Spring fashion magazines. The Daily Beast called it a “painterly print featuring every possible colour on the colour wheel. The final dresses, which were fashioned in this print, were a particular standout and were pieced together using fabric strips, lace, ruffles, and pleating.”

Do you think Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the Stroppel Cane, when he designed the center top and pants?

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jloNext week is going to be crazy…crazy good…but crazy. In case I cannot wrap my head around posts, I am posting at warp speed for the next few days.

While doing ‘fall’ cleaning on my computer, I bumped into the ‘lips’ earrings from Jennifer Loiselle. (I have already sent the link to Alice Stroppel). Jennifer’s “current collections are inspired by the fabric works of confessional art doyenne Louise Bourgeois. Comprised of striking three dimensional pieces combining richly coloured hand woven and hand braided grosgrain alongside laser cut perspex detailing and hand cut leather tassels, the collections showcase Jennifer’s mix of artisan sensibility and keen appreciation of modern technology.”

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After sitting next to Alice Stroppel for a week, visions of faces are still dancing in my head. When I saw this design from the Jill Sander Spring 2012 collection, I ‘pounced’ on the idea of posting the photo…what a wonderful face!!! The fashion page of the Wall Street Journal gives her a blue ribbon for the best collection. The article also highlights some rather unfortunate misses…fun reading.

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