Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"The Fluff of Clouds"

Today's forecast calls for beautiful! I worked on this necklace for over a month. My parents accompanied me on a special trip to a local bead warehouse when I purchased the beads for this necklace. My dad has been the color blue's number #1 fan, and I've become a fan as well.

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This dreamy cluster of iridescent whites and blues reminds me of a peaceful afternoon looking up at the clouds or sitting by the water watching the waves roll in and out.

Priest Lake, Idaho - Photo taken by my mother
Her and I both share this as our favorite place on earth

A definite statement piece, you can dress it up or down. I'm a big fan of wearing a basic jeans-and-tee combo and throwing on jewelry with a lot of glamour. During the creation process I also pictured a variety of wedding attendants displaying this piece: a sister of the groom, mother of the bride, or bride herself.

I wire wrapped each bead and pearl. These types of elaborate necklaces remind me of the patience that I've gained over the years. Wire wrapping pieces individually seems tedious at times, but I find it meditative to sit in stillness while imagining who might be the owner each necklace. I'd like to say that each piece of jewelry is made with love, but it's really much more then that. A lot of creativity, time, energy, and attention to detail goes into all my jewelry. I want every woman to feel beautiful and I want to make it easy for her to fall in love with jewelry so the moment she puts it on it transforms and elevates the experience of her own beauty. If she cares for herself then of course I care enough to invest my love and time into the jewelry.

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Inspiration by a tattoo

One afternoon I was sitting at the beach reading and writing about the direction and goals of my jewelry business. A woman was sitting 10 ft in front of me with her shoulder exposed that revealed a tattoo. I've never had a deep burning desire to get a tattoo myself, but when I saw this sweet and simple pink paisley inked on her shoulder my creative mind went in a hundred directions immediately. I spoke with her for a few minutes and took a snap shot. The following 2 months I bought a handful of unique beads with paisley print and was gifted many paisley items from friends who respected my new love of the design.

Inspiration comes from anywhere and it presents the opportunity to connect with others if you spot something they're sporting that you're drawn to. When I speak with people and tell them I've been inspired by something they're wearing or have on their person I ask to take their picture and post it on my blog as an inspiration piece. This draws traffic that may have never been before, and more often then not they drive more traffic to my site by sharing their unique experience with friends and family.

Monday, October 3, 2011

"Beautiful Mess"

I'm 1/16 Cherokee which I know is not much, but I've always been drawn to the art and history of the Cherokee people. Back in July, I was on the hunt for images of native women to be inspired by and model my company design after. In the process I came across a photo of a beautiful headdress that I'll be recreating for my Halloween costume this year.

I was also inspired to create a modern piece that resembled strength, delicacy, and a warrior like feel. I began with simple chains, silver plated feather charms, and turquoise beads. To keep true to my repurpose-as-much-as-possible roots I've always kept a tiny drawer of scraps that consist of chain, wire, gently used sections of other jewelry pieces, and different metals. Once I created the foundation for the necklace I began adding from with leftover chains.

Overall the piece finally came together and when worn it lays somewhat heavy like a metal bib. The different textures against the collar bones and chest feel incredible and bring an awareness to the body and breathing that normally goes unnoticed. This was my first "wild" piece and one I'll forever be fond of.

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