925 silver, red gold
Who wants a $30M white diamond solitaire when they can get a ring with a secret cluster of flowers? or a ring with a secret set of red stamen ensconced in a bed of stamens?
Using gold, silver, bronze and different gemstones, Germany based artist Nora Rochel creates rings with . . . → Read More: Rings inspired from nature by Nora Rochel
There’s something poignant about this whimsical pair of earrings, entitled “Attached.”
In the artist’s statement, the Toronto, Canada based artist Sachiko Burgin writes, “(Attached) is about the closeness that twins share during childhood. The little sweater sleeves grow into one another to emphasize this connection, and the piece (which is purely . . . → Read More: Conceptual earrings about the bonds between twins by Sachiko Burgin
I like chunky eccentric jewelry so this bracelet really caught my eye. One side is composed of five glass syringes, filled with machine oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission oil and gasoline. The back of bracelet is made from a timing belt.
This unique piece was made by Ausra Bankauskaite and Mante Maskoliunaite, two jewelers . . . → Read More: An automotive bracelet by AKA Jewelry
I wouldn’t mind wearing books around my neck, wrist, ears and shoes, especially these ones. Philadelphia based artist Wansena Spearman creates miniature books from parts of actual vintage books. For a rustic touch (and extra-crispness), she burns the edges of the pages. Lovely!
. . . → Read More: Paper book jewelry by Wansena Spearman
New Jersey based artist Kristal Romano takes ordinary objects, like credit cards, and combines them with traditional jewelry metals to create wearable sculptures.
In her artist’s statement she writes, “My interest lies in cultural notions of value and the use of commodities. The fact that most value is relative and subjective stimulates various questions. How . . . → Read More: Jewelry by Kristal Romano
BARNACLES – screws, chain, gemstones, hardware findings – 2011photo by Esther Fell
Model wearing the “Barnacles” necklace
This past week some hair-raising events have unfolded. Two bombs in Boston, a massive explosion/fire raging at a fertilizer plant in Texas, a foiled Al Qaeda terror plot targeting a train in Canada.
The jewelry designs of New . . . → Read More: Michelle Hur creates jewelry which reflects our times
Since everyone is wearing humongous-sized rings these days, why not wear one that tells a story? Paris, France based crafter HoKiou creates these glass dome covered landscapes with intricate scenes sculpted from polymer clay. There are miniature views from Alice in Wonderland, a frog waiting to be kissed, and many more. The level of . . . → Read More: Rings with miniature landscape scenes
“I Am Who They Were” 2011, casted sterling silver, casted bronze,microscope glass, transparent decal
Metal artist Ashley Gilreath has created a necklace of dollhouse frames, each containing the image of one of her ancestors. Calling it “I Am Who They Were,” Gilreath wears the assortment of pendants directly against her bare skin signifying that . . . → Read More: “I Am Who They Were” a necklace of family portraits by Ashley Gilreath
The American Craft Council Show in San Francisco is the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies with handcrafted one-of-a-kind designs from over 230 artists. This year it will be held Friday, August 3, 10am-8pm, Saturday, August 4, 10am-6pm, Sunday, August 5, 10am-5pm. As usual, the venue is the Festival Pavilion at FORT MASON . . . → Read More: Preview of the American Craft Council (ACC) Show in San Francisco, August 3-5, 2012
Concrete. It serves as the bones for high rise buildings, shopping centers, the foundation of our homes. Durable, cheap, and easy to work with, here are some unexpected uses for it.
1. Concrete Lace. Using ultra high performance concrete (fabricated by G.tecz) and suspension materials like ribbon or 1mm steal cable, designer Doreen Westphal created . . . → Read More: Unexpected uses for concrete: lace curtains, business cards, jewelry and votives