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christine kellerLike many of us, Christine Keller dabbled in a variety of mediums before setting her sights on jewelry. She describes her style as whimsical & fun with edgier pieces that make a bold statement. “Christine began expressing herself as a wood-carver in 1995.  In 2008, she took up pottery, leading to experiments with jewel-like cabochons of clay and melted glass. Having a lifelong love of jewelry, she began wire wrapping in 2009 as a way to incorporate the cabochons into pendants.  She has since expanded the line to include rings, earrings, and bracelets.  During the summer of 2012, Chris became a silversmith and has added handforged designs to the Chrizart collection.” I found her ‘Chunky Funky’ line to be of interest and easily translated into other mediums. 

It is taking some time to decompress from ‘art camp’…aptly named by my grandchildren. 22 artists spent the week generously sharing a variety of tips and tricks. What constantly amazes me, is we are all working with similar materials…but in 22 distinct voices. My final impressions from the week are laughter, beautiful rainbows (including a double), some rather intriguing drink recipes, the depth of talent in the workroom (at times a little intimidating), the tranquility of our surroundings, and a sisterhood that is a rare gift.

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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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coomi arrowheadInspired by ancient textile designs, Indian jeweler Coomi Bhasin’s utilizes ancient artifacts in her pieces. “Wearable art” says Coomi, “is how I like to think of my designs. I graduated with a textile degree from university and went on to do my thesis in jewelry. “Anything I do tells a story,” Having launched in 2002, her previous collections have incorporated ancient Roman glass, or coins from the days of Alexander the Great. For fall 2013, Bhasin’s one-of-a-kind rings, necklaces, and earrings combine diamonds, 20-karat gold, and arrowheads from the Paleolithic era.

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patricia-phillipsPatricia Phillips defines her jewelry as small cultural art forms. “Each piece is generally hand wrought in gold and silver, starting from sheet and wire, with gemstones added for balance. The techniques incorporated are pulled from modern to ancient methods designed to please the eye through balance. They are small sculptural art forms which speak of a blend between delicate grace and strength as part of self-expression. No discourse or social commentary is intended, and realistic imagery is limited to not interfere with the relationship between the work and the audience.”

I was drawn to her work by the simplicity of shape and the limited number of bold focal elements.

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sisterblocSisterBloc is a collaborative between sisters Wendy & Cindy Sumner. (Be sure to check out the tiaras) “Cookie tins, old signs, gas cans, vintage tea boxes, and beer trays are dismembered and reassembled to begin their new lives as, say…sweet floral drop earrings, or subversive bomb-toting bunny bracelets. It gives great joy to create jewelry with color, wit, and irony by recombining the commercial and ornamental elements of lithographic tin.

Although harvesting these items from the savage urban landscape requires grit, vigilance, and determination, at the end of the day the SisterBloc mission still feels like the treat of cherry popsicles after school.” 

Sorry for the ‘tardy’ posting today. I spent Thursday in recovery mode from a showroom event on Wednesday.

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christie calaycayWe drove to Asheville, NC this weekend and the mountains were alive with the beautiful lime greens of spring. The beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains is reflected in the work of Christie Calaycay. “Calaycay Design is an Asheville, NC based jewelry line featuring unique handcrafted designs drawn from nature, injected with a modern sensibility. Designed by Christie Calaycay, pieces are inspired by the graceful quality of organic form expressed through clean lines and simplified modern sculptural forms.” 

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uno de 50Vacation is over, but I am still in a Charleston frame of mind…easy, breezy and carefree. I stumbled across an ad in a local paper for Graffito. They do not have a website, but I am certain you will find a world of inspiration on the Graffito Facebook page. Then you will be Doin’ the Charleston.

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karola torkos
Take some time to scroll through the four collections from Karola Torkos for inspiration in a variety of shapes, colors and materials. “As a jewellery designer, I am interested to discover the different and sometimes contrasting aspects of a concept, idea or collection. Therefore, I avoid seeing myself as just a commercial or just an artistic designer working in only one formal language.”

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Daniel-Jocz-necklaceThe playful personality of this necklace from Daniel Jocz brings a smile to my face. He combines aluminum, chrome and auto-body lacquer in his jewelry for a fanciful dialog with customers and viewers. While I could not find a great deal of information about his work, you can find more on google images.

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silversongjewelryLaura Cardwell majored in English with a minor in photography. She worked in both fields until the demand for the jewelry she made as a hobby moved from a small infatuation to an opportunity for a ‘third’ career. “There were times in my life when I had great passion for what I was writing or a new portfolio in photography, but I was always able to put it down, walk away, and not come back for quite some time. I could not do that with art jewelry. It took my breath away and has yet to give it back.”

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