Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Photos from the "Useful and Beautiful" Show...

As some of you may remember, a few months ago I was asked to include several of my designs in a group show in Indianapolis entitled Useful and Beautiful: A Return to Myth and Romance in Art. The show featured a variety of artists working in different mediums, all of which could be considered a modern take on the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic. I just received some photos of the exhibit, curated by the talented Merle Pace, and wanted to share them...I think Merle did a wonderful job!
{A vignette featuring Merle Pace's "Peacock Pomegranate Queen" Doll}
{Displays showcasing my jewelry, with photos of the paintings that inspired each design }
{A view from upstairs}
{A scene in the window, with Merle Pace's "Lady of Shalott" Doll}
{Artwork by Heather Sleightholm}
{Signage showing the inspiration behind the show}
{Artwork by Julia Jeffrey}
The show was held at Big Hat Books as part of the Fall Gallery Tour and received a great review here.
Some of the designs that were in the show are now available in my Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Scenes from the Studio...

It's been awhile since I've done a "Scenes from the Studio" post, so today I thought I'd share some custom work projects that I recently finished...
These earrings for a lovely bride in Australia were designed to match the lace and beadwork of her wedding gown. You can see a little swatch of the dress fabric in the background...
{Custom Lucienne Style Earrings}
I created silver lace flowers adorned with lots of tiny faceted citrine stones, pink freshwater pearls, and rose quartz. The fabric had little bronze-colored sequin leaves stitched onto it here and there, so I carefully cut around those and stitched them onto the earrings to complete the design. It's a variation of my best-selling Lucienne Style Earrings, but with a completely different effect!
Another interesting custom order that I recently finished up was for a very sweet bride in the UK who is having a traditional Indian ceremony for her wedding. She requested a jewelry set that matched the colors of her beautifully beaded and embroidered sari in shades of shrimp pink and charcoal grey...
{Custom Wedding Jewelry Set }
My favorite part of the set is the lacy "tikka" or forehead ornament...
{Handmade Lace Tikka}
All the pieces featured large, vintage glass rhinestones set in crocheted cabochon-settings, as well as a rich mixture of pink freshwater pearls, rose quartz rondelles and grey Swarovski crystals...
{Detail of the Matching Necklace}
I think the effect is very romantic, with a hint of the exotic to it :)
{The matching earrings}
Hope everyone is enjoying their week!