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Josh and I had a wonderful day on Saturday, November 23rd at the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club Holiday Marketplace Craft Festival. We brought new handcrafted jewelry from my Ossis Collection, featuring diamond cut nugget designs made from sterling silver and 14k gold, with flush set diamonds and topaz, and complimented by handmade gemstone beaded chains.
Our SoWa booth is awash in bright summer colors, with a new collection of vintage Lucite statement necklaces, fashioned from my huge collection of vintage beads and findings. Lucite makes a wonderful fashion accessory for several reasons. Foremost, Lucite is lightweight, making dramatic statement necklaces easy to wear. The colors still available from vintage stock are exotic and vibrant, making it a fashion accessory to compliment any style or outfit while letting your inner fashionista shine through. Be sure to stop by and try them on!
It’s hard to believe that this Sunday marks the end of the open market season. We will have our last trunk show at the SoWa Open Market on Sunday, October 28th, 2012. Featuring a costume contest, pumpkin carving and live music, the last SoWa Open Market is entitled “The Market of the Living Dead”. Looking at the pictures from last year, it is a very serious costume contest!
The SoWa Open Market is held Sundays from May through October, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 460 Harrison Avenue. One of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods, The South End has been touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston. At SoWa Open Market you can buy top-notch items from local artisans, making everything from couture fashion and leather accessories to jewelry, glass, and custom framed art.
Always on the hunt for rare or out of production vintage textiles and findings, and unique ethnic specialty fabrics, the Manu collection includes silk, local wool, organic cotton, and leather. Several of the fabrics have been hand-dyed or graffiti printed in the studio, a technique I discovered while traveling in Japan and studied after returning home.
I am passionately curious about other cultures, their identities and design traditions, and I love to I travel the world hunting for materials, sketching and photographing. Everything I discover and experience is incorporated into my design process. Hand-selecting unique materials with distinctive details or that have an elegant flair; antique buttons, vintage Lucite handles and elegant trims often find their way into my designs.
These many beguiling finds are playfully combined with sometimes unexpected colors and textures to create unique, timeless designs – blending surprise and romance. Manu designs are inspired by my personal aspiration to feel sexy and confident with a sophistication that is also whimsical and fun.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Here are a few pictures of our display this past Sunday. I introduced Manu, my collection of handbags, belts and scarfs. I’ve been scouring vintage markets and antique shops for fabrics and components for years, and am really pleased with how they have come together with my own contemporary accessories in this new line. I have also developed custom-dyed fabrics, including silk, wool and organic cotton, which are then manipulated through traditional and contemporary techniques such as knitting, stitching, nuno felting, batik, crochet, embroidery, quilting and collage.
The resulting fashion accessories are a playful juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage textiles inspired by the mix of color and ornament in indigenous folk art and the rough and weathered look of things well-worn and well-loved.
The SoWa Open Market is held Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 460 Harrison Avenue, in one of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods, The South End, which is touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston!
Custom statement necklaces that combine vintage jewelry with new materials to create a beautiful updated look; a new statement piece from recycled costume jewelry.
These three lovely necklaces were custom designed at the request of a client who wished to modernize and reinvent their vintage costume jewelry while retaining the sentimental value. Each piece is carefully put together and one-of-a-kind.
The talents of so many craftspeople who dedicated themselves to the art of fashion jewelry design are represented in vintage costume jewelry. And, with so many styles to choose from, vintage costume jewelry is the perfect accessory for casual to formal dress. From antique Victorian jewelry of the 1800’s, to rhinestone necklaces, earrings and brooches from the 1920s to 1950s, and enameled fashion jewelry, Lucite and plastic of the 1950’s and 1960s, you’re sure to find costume jewelry perfect for your style.
To collect the many unique pieces used in the jewelry collections, I spend countless hours traveling back roads and searching online, looking for vintage beads, brooches, rhinestone clip-on earrings, and distinctive jewelry that can be incorporated into my designs. In the studio, I rework these treasures, mixing the uniqueness of vintage components with my own custom designs and findings, semi-precious stones and enamels, to bring new life to timeworn materials. Taking jewelry from the past and recycling it into a contemporary work of art that can be enjoyed once again is both creatively exciting and energizing – even more fun when your client brings you these wonderful components to work with!
Last week-end Jenne Rayburn Jewelry joined antiques, architectural salvage, vintage clothing, and original art at The Vintage Bazaar, an upscale outdoor market in Salisbury, MA. Despite being book-ended by rain on Saturday, the two days turned out to be delightfully warm with great live music and homemade ice-cream.
Thank you to Devon Chouinard-Allen for her hard work and wonderful style, which made the week-end a huge success. You can check out pictures from the day on The Vintage Bazaar Facebook page.
The feedback from the day was amazing, especially from customers admiring the recycled plastic necklaces. And the other venders were so generous with their advice and wisdom. We had a great experience!
Here is the treasure I let slip away – Owl fire irons circa 1950…