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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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Identical twins, Mike and Doug Starn’s work encompasses conceptual photographs and installations. “In the summer of 2010, their temporary site-specific installation Big Bambú transformed the Metropolitan Museum’s rooftop into an evolving, interactive waveform made entirely of bamboo poles; a version of the piece later appeared at the 2011 Venice Biennial. Another work by the Starns, the mosaic, fused-glass and stainless steel installation See it split, see it change, is permanently on view at the South Ferry subway station.”

For the featured photo, Mike and Doug mounted microscopic lenses on a large format camera and photographed actual  snowflakes in the midst of a storm.  The photograph, one of 50 gift suggestions, was printed as a full page in the December 6-7 edition of the  Wall Street Journal as a gift to the readers. 

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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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tattooed steelTattooed Steel is a California based company that offers artists the ability to transfer their work steel or titanium jewelry. ‘Tattooed Steel merges precision technology with the creative imagination and talent of the global artist community and offers a variety of handmade stainless steel jewelry made in the USA.’

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EmmanuelKasongoEmmanuel Kasongo is a Congolese jewelry artist who works with tiny glass seed beads to create jewelry with a ‘riot of color’. “Emmanuel Kasongo creates art jewelry, that is fabulous, vibrant, colorful and yet are totally wearable, statement pieces. Tubular beaded necklaces made from tiny glass beads in a myriad of unexpected colorations, filling fine Italian mesh tubes. His necklaces, bracelets and earings are a riot of color and color combinations, not simply filling a mesh tube in a single skein, but threaded, braided and knotted together in a riot of shapes with fanned and pointed ends. His African heritage clearly expressing itself through his art, honed and directed by his Parisian childhood, moving from his native Congo to Paris, where he began his career in fashion. Kasongo lived in both Paris and Milan, and worked for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Marithe Francois Girbaud and Romeo Gigli, sourcing, planning and organizing fashion shows and events.”

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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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noah deledda2In the mid 80’s Charles Lewton-Brain introduced a new ‘wrinkle’ to metalsmithing…foldforming…the manipulation of metal into three dimensional shapes and textures. Self-taught artist, Noah Deledda, has taken a ‘throw away’ item from daily life and created a masterpiece of foldformed aluminum…the Red Bull Can. “The inner beauty of the can’s polished aluminum surface is revealed. By hand, I apply dents to sculpt patterns of shapes onto the can’s surface. The designs are made possible by the properties of the cylinder and the malleability of the aluminum. Thus presenting the familiar object and method in an unfamiliar way. The sculptures suggest the art of possibility, overlooked beauty and the irony of unexpected simplicity.”

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gilgulim2Israel’s Hagar Arnon Elbaz has aptly named her Etsy shop Gilgulimor reincarnation. Her work includes as many recycled, reused or second had materials as possible.

“My love for textile, buttons, beads, lace and ribbons goes back very far to the time when I was a little girl visiting my grandma’s house. My grandma had a room full of cupboards of all sizes and colors in which she piled her treasures that had come all the way from Germany back in 1939. It included fur coats, stray keys, strings, mother of pearl and crystal buttons from her father’s shop, lace along with cotton night gowns and linen she had received for her wedding. This room was my paradise. When I grew up I followed my love and became a textile designer.”

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