Monday, May 17, 2010

A Piece of Me

Pretty In Pink - A plethora of blush pinks, bright agate, purple chandeliers and fabric roses to choose from.  $50-$60. 

Romance Me - Earrings in black & white.  18k plated with glass pearls, Mother of Pearl, facetted glass beads or tassles. $50-$60

Almost Too Gorgeous to Eat - The beautiful red velvet cupcakes, decorated with mauve buttercream petals and topped with a silver dragee that Christine baked.  Talent!

This past weekend, I hostessed a Jewellery Party for my friends to get a first glimpse into my creative mastermind *haha* and shop exclusively before my 'pretty's' went off to market.  I was extremely pleased with the reception as many were impressed with the assortment of baubles, stiletto earrings and statement necklaces in the richest hues.  I am often told that my home is merchandised like a boutique (see/ Anthropologie or Emilie & Lola in Montreal) with birdcages, shabby chic baskets and romantic fabrics draped meticulously.  Each girl struggled to select what to buy because she loved everything so much.  Yay! 

I was often asked, "Does it make you sad to see everyone buying your jewellery?"  While I do marvel at my 'pretty's' as any mother should, I don't have ownership issues over them.  For me, the excitement lies in going to curio stores, searching for interesting findings, looking at fabric and gems and ultimately putting them together in a creative way.  The creative process is where my passion burns the brightest.  If anything, it overjoys me to see other people appreciating my tiny works of art. 

The earrings that started it all.  My nimble fingers made these earrings for the Corsage Girls

While fundraising for a charity I work on, I was asked to attend an "Earring Bee" (similar to a quilting circle where women meet up and create) to support the cause.  Although anxious because I had no previous experience making earrings, I surprised myself with my innate ability.  Who knew?  After that, I have been on a rampage to make the most dazzling drop earrings, the most whimsical stilettos and the sparkliest of chandeliers.  Fashioning unique, vintage style earrings is my newest OBSESSION.

Blue Is The Colour of Creativity

Jewel of the Nile - Infinity necklace with turquoise beads, vintage Indian gold beads, 18k gold-plated chain detail and facetted teardrop crystal drop pendant.  $165

Sun, Moon, Stars - Double Strand necklace with turquoise beads, 18k gold-plated chain embellished with 24k vintage Indian beads, facetted crystal beads and champagne teardrop crystal.  $165

If anyone ever asks "What is your favourite colour?"  I invariably say fuschia, which is a combination of pink and purple.  But for some reason, I am often drawn to making jewellery that combines blue and gold.  Blue is a colour associated with emotion, creativity, strength, freedom and new beginnings.  Blue is the the open sky, the calming ocean and the hue of your beloved denim jeans.  There is something optimistic about the colour that inspires me. 

These pieces remind me of the lapis lazuli found in ancient Greece or the Morrocan tilework found in northern Africa.  The decadence of gold paired with turquoise is quite exquisite and beautiful to look at.