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Nature is a primary source of inspiration for color, texture and form combinations for my work. Whether I’m driving New England back roads or wandering conservation land near our house, the creative juxtapositions of colors, textures, shapes, and symbols, even in my back yard, are endless.
Using both found objects and my own designed vintage inspired components, the vintage statement necklace collection is designed around eye-catching focal points and intentionally combines earthy with elegant. Usually colorful enameled flowers and rhinestone floral spray brooches take center stage, inspired by my love of gardening, and especially the flowering Clematis vines that bloom in the back yard all spring and summer. I have pretty much planted them to cover every vertical surface!
Whimsical yet sophisticated color and texture combinations play a huge role in the unique personality of each piece and in the success of a statement necklace. Customers are very intrigued by the vintage craftsmanship mixed with the contemporary creativity of the collections. The handmade pieces are wonderfully original, combining artistry and imagination with functional details. I strive to create bold yet versatile jewelry that is also comfortable enough to wear all day, and easy to pair with any outfit. That is why ergonomics and wear-ability is carefully integrated into the design of each piece, resulting in jewelry with personality, that you can really live in.
It has always been my dream to own beautiful, confidence building jewelry, and that dream was the catalyst for becoming a designer. The right accessories can transform a simple, everyday top or dress into the outfit everyone remembers. While each woman is different, being genuine and original is key to a successful style no matter what your taste or personality. Be true to yourself, and try not to be concerned with trends or the opinions of others. Whether you love big, bright, contemporary statement earrings, or your grandmother’s favorite necklace, accessorize yourself with what brings you happiness. Adornment should be inspiring and a reflection of your individuality. When you feel good about yourself, you approach the world with confidence, which is the ultimate in polish and style!
Carrying on a tradition from past years, and gearing up for Valentine’s Day, the Hourglass Gift Gallery will be having it’s annual Red Show during February 2012. “Replacing earthy fall colors with bright happy reds and red hues in hopes of softening our long winter blues!” Here are a few of the necklaces and earrings I created for the show this year, inspired by native and ethnic adornment. Even though I do not use a lot of vintage pressed glass or cut glass beads in my primary jewelry lines, I am really drawn to the bright and textural colors, wonderfully detailed designs and variety of shapes. Plus, they just don’t make them like this anymore so I feel compelled to collect them wherever I go – these are some gems from my “little” stash.
The bold necklace on the right is made from big vintage pressed brass beads and carnelian colored Italian lucite. I LOVE Italian lucite – the colors are often complex (these have hints of cream and gray swirled in), the beads are warm to the touch and light weight so wearing a bold necklace does not wear you out by the end of the day (
a slave to fashion).
The cultural influence here is Asia and India and the inspiration is tribal necklaces. These necklaces are playful and ethnic with a modern twist.
Contemporary in composition, yet composed of vintage blown glass (right) and plastic (left) beads, combined with vintage brass chain. The only thing better then a kick-ass red lipstick? Kick-ass red jewelry, of course.