Friday, August 19, 2011

A Collaboration with Artist Merle Pace

Recently my dear friend, Merle, a talented artist, printmaker, photographer, jewelry-maker and doll-maker extraordinaire, asked if she could incorporate some of my jewelry designs into a series of photos she was shooting. The results turned out so beautifully I had to share them on the blog! 
Merle is known for her dramatic portraits, many of them self-portraits, with saturated colors and rich costuming. I love how each series has a distinctive character and story being told by the use of costuming, colors and props. 

"Each piece brought a certain 'character' to mind for me--I wanted to show how these pieces could be inspired by the rich and lush jewelry of the past but also show how a modern bride or anyone could wear them today."

This series of photos has Merle wearing my Monarch Butterfly Necklace.
 "The piece of lace I am wearing on my head is really old (a piece saved from a textile collection). It is so gorgeous--ivory lace trimmed with black velvet. I am also wearing a really old white cotton lace top. I envisioned this as a gypsy and bohemian bride."  

Hylas and the Nymphs
In this series, Merle is wearing a seafoam green silk medallion necklace of mine, and was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painting "Hylas and the Nymphs" by J.W. Waterhouse. You can see the influence in the orange and green color scheme and the flowing hair.

La Belle Dame
For this series, Merle envisioned my Belle Dame Necklace being worn by "a glamorous bride, but with a vintage feel--like a bride you would see in an old photograph."

For this series, Merle said she was inspired by the idea of incorporating black as an accent in a wedding. She is wearing my Sidonia Earrings, and pairs them with black lace, an Empire waisted gown and a classic setting for what she calls a "Regency Wedding" style.

My Violaine Necklace also inspired two very different series. According the Merle, "for the Violaine, I felt it needed a really regal setting, which is why I had Lorrisa wear a white wedding gown and purple velvet coat. Violaine is just such a strong piece, I thought that the photos should be taken in a way to show that off.  I also took a few of myself wearing the necklace with vintage lace to show a softer side of the design."

A big thank you to Merle for allowing some of my jewelry pieces to be a part of her wonderful photography!
Be sure to check out all of Merle's beautiful work here:

All photos used with kind permission from the artist. Model credit: Merle Pace and Lorissa Byely



RowanDeVoe said...

Wow Ivy! I am over the moon! What a beautiful post you have done with our collaboration. I loved taking each and every photograph as well as putting together each outfit and figuring out how to best "set the stage" to best suit the piece.

To see the finished photographs all together is amazing as after a while, they just run together for me-now I can see them with "fresh eyes". It was also so wonderful to photograph my model/friend Lorissa and be on only one side of the camera for a change-whew, that is easy.

It is also wonderful to see all these pieces of clothing that mean so much to me and how they work so well with your jewelry-my beloved "saved" vintage laces from the museum textile collections, my "wedding" gowns(the ones that I created-no I haven't been married over and over-hehe), my twin sister's amazing wedding gown and matching purple velvet coat and Juliet cap that my mother and I made-I am just in awe how well everything fit perfectly with your pieces. And, I was so excited to make fresh flower bouquets to go with each scene- your subline jewelry, costumes/gorgeous clothing and flowers-divine!

I do have to admit that I did think about telling you that the pieces got "lost in the mail" on their way back to you after the shoots(I could be sitting her wearing them all at the same time-hehe).

Each one is so well made, so special, so unique-you can't help but feel like royalty wearing them. But, they are also so light weight that they are not cumbersome-they are a delight to wear. Yes, most definitely pieces for events, but they also work with a nice pair of jeans and a pretty top for a nice evening out.

I am not finished either-I have a few more pieces to photograph-another adventure...And, I look forward to working with you again.

Thank you so much faerie friend-you are from a lost era most certainly! Lots of love!

SilverLinesJewelry said...

Dreamy my dear...

Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Merle! I'm so happy you like how the post turned out! I loved sorting through the photos and putting together the collages--the colors, the clothing, the poses were all so gorgeous! You did a beautiful job and I was really excited to share the results of all your hard work on here :) I'm so glad you had a fun time photographing the pieces--we need to do this again sometime soon!

Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Thanks, Jenny! I think Merle did a great job :)

Lee Ohio said...

Phenomenal Ivy! xo

Fleur de Boheme said...

Hi Ivy and Merle - what a wonderful collaboration! Breathtakingly beautiful pictures that really capture the feel of your jewellery Ivy. I´m jealous, lol!

xx Kirsten

Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Thanks for the comments, Jennifer and Kirsten! The praise goes all to Merle, though--all I did was supply the jewelry! :)

Stella Pesci said...

These are GORGEOUS, Merle!
Beautiful styling, models, and jewelry. Really wonderful!

kerin rose said...

love the new blogs layout, Ivy....
and this collaboration...well...
in the stars!
just gorgeous!

Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Thanks, Kerin! Nice to hear from you! I did the blog redesign the other week--felt like it needed a change, so happy you like the results and the photo shoot too :)

RowanDeVoe said...

Yes Ivy, meant to mention how much I love the new look of your blog! Very pretty, very "Ivy". And yes, look forward to doing more projects with you and other jewelry designers as well! xoxo!

Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Thanks, Merle! I've been tweaking the design a lot still, but I like it too! I love how your blog looks now--your banner is great. Let's definitely talk some more about photos! xoxo
I posted some of the pics on Flickr and everyone loved them on there too :)

Hannah said...


Zora said...

Великолепные фотографии! Великолепная обработка фотографий, похоже на картины эпохи Возрождения!
Прекрасная модель и прекрасные украшения!

Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Спасибо, Zora! :)

buy rift account said...

OMG! they look very it.=D

Ayca said...

Amazing collection!

Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Thank you Ayca! You do lovely crochet items--I recognize your shop from Etsy :)