12 April 2014

my style in sea foam, marigold and smoke

After seeing a bunch of braided hairstyles online I decided to try one out on my long locks. As a girls who always had french braids in my hair, I thought this would be easier, but was I ever wrong. Good thing I have some awesome crafty friends who make hairpins to hide my mistakes.  


I complimented [or hid] one side of my messy ends with this lovely hairpin by Jen of the littlest bean. It was the perfect match to my favorite marigold vans shirt which was the perfect match to my smoky vans shoes. With an up-do a girl certainly needs earrings, being a jewelry maker makes you need earrings even more. I think these sea foam with a dash of marigold dots were just the right accent. I can never resist adding just one more complimentary color. 

happy weekend! I am off to try another braided up-do, and you?

xo, kim

ps: it really brightened my day to have a feminine hairdo with an otherwise sporty getup. isn't it fun to mix and match when it comes to style and color? i certainly think so.

09 April 2014

new stockist and good company

I am so very excited to announce my newest stockist, Equinox Gallery in San Antonio. My shiny objects with dashes of color were shipped off yesterday hoping to arrive in time for Fiesta!


As I made piles of silver dust in my studio I kept thinking of all the wonderful and talented designers I would be keeping company with at Equinox. I must say, I am so very honored to be in the same space as them.


April Wood has lovely geometric designs arranged into natural forms. 


Tara Locklear uses wood and recycled skateboards to put a modern twist on costume jewelry. 


Kat Cole uses a wonderful mix of materials to achieve rich colors and textures.



Marissa Saneholtz uses enamel, powder coating and tin to touch on gender issues in her work which is rich in imagery. 


Rachel Timmons uses untraditional materials to create chain, a traditional jewelry material, yet pushes the limits with size and function. 



Laura Wood uses repurposed jewelry and gives it new life. I love her powdercoated finishes and subtle asymmetry which pushes the boundaries of an otherwise traditional style. 


Audrey Peck uses seemingly discarded materials to recreate delicate pieces rich in texture.


Abigail Heuss is easily my favorite artist represented by Equinox. We are former bench mates from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. I am lucky to own a pair of her tin earrings. They are just as amazing as she is. 


Anne Fiala creates work rich in materials yet these pieces are just one material used to represent what would usually be a stone in a metal setting. I am in love with the contradiction.


Amy Tavern has long been a favorite jeweler of mine. It has been years since I first discovered she uses spray paint to achieve her rich hues yet I am still mesmerized. 


Caitie Sellers makes amazing jewelry inspired by ironwork and cityscapes which is so easy for this city dweller to love.


This Cerulean Brooch by Laritza Garcia blows my mind. I can't do it justice, read about her methods of making here

To see the rest of the artists represented at Equinox look here.

xo, kim

07 April 2014

a rare moment

here I am photographing new work. it is a rare moment indeed when i am captured without knowing. 


thanks to curls.

new work coming soon!
xo, kim

04 April 2014

handmade for me

Long, long ago at a craft fair I was neighbors with Mei-Ling of Twitch and Whiskers. From across the aisle I kept eyeing her thimble necklaces. There were so many thimble and charm combinations to choose from. I easily helped a friend pick one which was just perfect for her, yet I was overwhelmed with the possibilities for myself. Then a few weeks ago I learned two things, Mei-Ling customizes these sweet necklaces and that they were soon to be discontinued. 


Once I was able to help design this necklace I knew just what I wanted. A singer thimble. It had to be a singer, my grandmother sewed on a singer and wore a thimble when mending clothes by hand. Little six year old me never understood how she could even use her fingers with a thimble, never mind actually mend something so well you couldn't tell what needed mending to begin with. For the charm I just knew I need to have scissors. Of course my grandmother used them while sewing and mending but more important was the memory I have of her scissors tied to the arm of her rocking chair. I asked her one day, why tie them there? Why not just leave them on the side table? Knowing her family all too well, she tied them down. Being the thrifty woman she was and an avid reader of the news, she was forever clipping coupons and items of importance. She wasn't about to go chasing down a grandchild to save her scissors from a craft project.

For years I have wanted to make the perfect necklace to remember her by. She is just so important to me and I have so many memories that I have yet to organize my ideas and feelings into just one piece or even a collection of pieces. It is still too overwhelming for me to undertake. So, this sweet thimble means so much more to me than anyone could ever know and I want to thank dear, Mei-Ling for making this piece for me. As I move about working in my studio the necklace jingles a little melody, reminding me of the woman who made my first craft project with me and who saw my talent in drawing, got me some charcoal pencils and signed me up for art classes. This same woman also made me put away my drawings to go outside and play. She knew just what she was doing, giving me inspiration to get back in the house to start drawing again. I am so very grateful. 

thanks for reading this little tribute. make sure you stop by Twitch and Whiskers and get yourself a thimblism necklace of one of Mei-Lings' other awesome designs.
xo, kim

01 April 2014

April birthstone sale


Seeing as the birthstone for April is diamond, I realized I could chose most any color. I went with 'raven' as my favorite diamonds are black. 


Use code 'diamond' in my April Sale section to get 20% off any raven design. I would love to make a custom necklace for you, if you have a color to compliment raven with email me and we will work together to make something you love. 

Happy Birthday, April babies!
xo, kim


10 March 2014

I truly love my customers!

Recently a fellow placed an order for these two pairs of earrings from my supermarket shop.  I dropped him a line to see how he would like them packaged and if he wanted me to type a little note. 


My customer replied asking me to pack them up in one box as they were an anniversary gift for his wife. He said he bought her earrings from me last year and she loved them.


I guess she must, this year he bought her two pairs. 

I truly do love my customers. 
xo, kim

08 March 2014

Capucine

I have a story to share. A lovely woman in France ordered this Parisian blue nasturtium necklace from me. She had a simple request, to have 'Capucine' engraved on the back of the necklace. She shared a story with me which made me determined to have this word engraved on the back of her pendant. My customer told me that she chose the name 'Capucine' [French for nasturtium] for her second daughter which she was only with for one short day. I was told that she saw my necklace and felt at peace. As I read her story my eyes filled with tears. For her, her family, for Capucine and for feeling so very honored to be chosen to make a piece of jewelry in remembrance of someone my customer loved so dearly. 

As an undergrad student I went through many critiques discussing the meaning of my work and the work of my fellow classmates. I always found it interesting to learn what drove someone to make something. To learn of their emotions and meaning behind the work that I too had a reaction to. Sometimes the meaning was easy to see, other times the meaning was very different from person to person. We all relate to things in a different manner. When I created this necklace I was trying to capture my response to watching my nasturtium plant grow from seed to leaf ]it didn't flower the first year]. The leaves were so whimsical on my fire escape. The irregular circles enchanted me and stood out from the rest of my potted plants. I set out to recreate this organic shape in silver, stretching and altering the familiar circles I had been working with for so long. Even though these are only slightly different their grace and irregularity excited me and got me experimenting with new colors to enhance the shape of my nasturtium pendant. I was merely capturing an observation. My customer was searching for peace and a way to remember a life she created and she found it in this simple necklace which she keeps close to her heart. Never could I have possibly known that another person would have such a powerful reaction to my jewelry. I am humbled and honored to be a maker. I hope that this in some small way does bring this woman peace. That is keeps Capucine with her, near her heart and finds comfort. 

Thank you for reading, supporting me, my work and finding your own meaning in the craft I love. These little moments mean the world to me.
xo, kim

a special thanks to Jim at Beehive Handmade for knowing just how important it was to help me engrave this piece.

thanks for reading!