Friday, January 28, 2011

The Beautiful Photography of Malgorzata Maj

I recently came across the hauntingly beautiful and evocative photography of Malgorzata Maj and had to share. Some of her dream-like photographs remind my of Pre-Raphaelite and Renaissance paintings, others of the work ofVictorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron--all of them are perfectly composed and beautifully costumed...
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Her biography says she draws inspiration from 
"XIXth century painting colours and themes, ghostly moods & dreamy visions, also fascinated with music..."

All photos courtesy of Malgorzata Maj/Sarachmet Photography. 
More work can be viewed here:


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Scenes from the Studio...

Things have been busy in the studio--here's a little update of what I've been working on lately! 
The mood board that I shared on Monday inspired the colors of this decadent pair of earrings...
These are perhaps the sparkliest pair of earrings I've ever made--each earring has over 25 vintage rhinestones stitched onto the base of handmade silver lace, as well as beautiful faceted quartz crystals, cubic zirconia and tiny freshwater pearls...
They're a little preview of my Spring/Summer Wedding Collection and now available in my Etsy Shop

I also recently completed two custom orders:
a dainty pair of lace flower earrings with pearls and green amethyst stones...
And an elegant pair of bridal earrings in ivory silk and pearls...
Today I'm finishing up a new earring design for the shop and will be onto making some dainty necklaces...think lace, pastel gemstones and crowns! What is everyone else working on today?

Monday, January 17, 2011

{Inspiration Board} Fairy Tale Silvers

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently working on my Spring/Summer Collection. Right now I'm facinated by fairy tale illustrations from the turn of the 20th century, heavily beaded and metal embroidered textiles, architectural details from Versailles, fairies, nymphs and pixies, and sparkly things. Here are some dreamy images that are really inspiring me at the moment:
{1. Vintage Photo, source unknown, via UnderTheIvy 
2. Detail of Versailles, photo by Alix Bancourt, via The Cherry Blossom Girl
3. Napoleonic Era Silver Embroidery, from the exhibition catalogue of Josephine Imperatrice de la Mode: L'Elegance sous l'Empire, via Madame Guillotine 
4. Edwardian Paste Earrings from Vintage Sparkles on Etsy
5. Embroidered Shoes,  from the exhibition catalogue of Josephine Imperatrice de la Mode: L'Elegance sous l'Empire, via Madame Guillotine 
6. Point de Gaze Lace Fan detail, source unknown, via Lace Fairy
7. Gold Embroidery from Balmain Bodice,  photo by Susan Elliott, via Plays With Needles 
8. Arthur Rackham Illustration via ArtsyCraftsy}