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GuilioMenossi_Primavera_La_Luminosa_via_del_cuoreAfter many years of working with bits of glass, Giulio Menossi is still playing with heart and spirit. “His ouevre is characterized by elegant, sweeping structural arcs always emblazoned with color, color, color.  There is a joie de vivre and playfulness here derived from slashes of color that look like they could have been made by crayons and his completely uncensored use of materials.  Lego pieces snuggle up to pearls; smalti and marble provide the background for a bunch of twigs.  What life!  What fun!”

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In this article from Mosaic Art Now, he describes his journey and what inspires him.

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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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Alison-Sigethy-Sea-JewelsWatching the photos on Alison Sigethy’s home page brings a tranquility to the moment…and this is one of the goals of her creative process. The other goal is repurposing discarded materials and giving them a new life form“My choice in glass is largely environmental – structural glass, which makes up the majority of all manufactured glass, is not recycled but buried in land fills – so using building glass is part of my mission. But I also enjoy the challenge of taking a cold, hard sterile material and giving it new life as an organic form. People often comment that my work looks like it’s living, growing or in motion, and nothing could please me more.”

I can certainly use a moment of tranquility after returning from a wonderful vacation in coastal South Carolina. I worked up to cycling 6 miles each morning, crossing vistas of marsh and jungle like terrain…all so very un-Ohio. Now I am back to city life and all of the accoutremon of work, house for sale and a weeds that are calling my name. OH WELL…

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lanvin3For those of you who are hooked on Project Runway…count me in the clan…this Nina Garcia ‘approved’ necklace from Lanvin will be doubly impressive. (There isn’t much that Nina approves of when it comes to fashion.) Follow this link to more ‘impressive’ jewelry from Lanvin.

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brooke-battlesBrooke Battles started her career as a college professor and corporate marketer. “In 1994, the corporate world became too much – too driven, too male, too impersonal, too competitive.  Once I quit and sat still for a while, there it was.  Beautiful jewelry.  One-of-a-kind pieces.  Art in wearable form.  I wanted it, and I wanted to make it.”

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David-PatchenLook no further than the glass patterns of David Patchen for cane design inspiration. “David’s work is known for its intense colors, intricate detail and meticulous craftsmanship.”

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charity hallThe wish book of summer classes for the Penland School of Crafts arrived yesterday…it is kid in a candy store time. Charity Hall is teaching a class entitled Enamel it, Set it! “I am a metalsmith and enamelist with a background in biology. My artwork is based on the tiny intricate details and fascinating biological stories that first captivated me when I studied botany as an undergraduate.”

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