Last autumn a good friend, who is also a maker, ask me to make her a necklace just slightly different from my usual pieces. We worked together to make a necklace perfect for her. We brainstormed a new shape, that of a petal, and went with a new, simpler chain. While we were at it we made the chain longer, this bigger pendant needs to be shown off! This joint venture reminded me how much I love exploring my craft and executing a new challenge. It really is the start of something new, maybe many things new!
Some color combinations escape me. I can work with the same palette day after day and it seems my myopic approach to my to-do list prevents me from seeing otherwise obvious complimentary colors. Lucky for me I have the best customers and their special requests make me see what is right in front of me with a whole new light.
Here are goldenrod and first frost, inspired by autumn colors and listed in the shop right in time to match the foliage and lovely chilly air.
Enjoy this colorful, crisp season!
because stacking rings wasn't addicting enough...
More stacking rings coming soon! -these ship for free with code new! until something newer comes along!
Maybe you do or don't know this about me, I consider myself a hiker. I may not have a bunch of miles or mountains under my belt and may have just started less than a year ago but after hiking the tallest peak in the New England, then bagging the peak next door, I declared myself a hiker. There are 48 mountains in New Hampshire which are 4000' or higher and so far I have tramped over 21 of them. Each one is different, but all of them embrace me, nurture me and inspire me. I see the details others may pass by, the tiniest alpine flowers, berries, lichen, moss... I take pictures so I can take these memories with me, researching the names of what I met on the trail getting to know the mountains better and better with each hike. As I look over these pictures I see colors I want to use in my jewelry. Forms, shapes and textures I want to explore in metal. These adventures force me to explore in my studio. Here is a look at one of my first explorations (well, the first one to make it to my website, that is)...
When you are on a trail the colors you see are overwhelming. You can try but you can't ever fully capture nature's beauty. When I first saw black and neon green lichen creeping across a grey rock I was in awe that these colors happened in nature. I saw the rocky grey landscape as a canvass for things to grow over, blend with, become one with. I reflected on my jewelry and how I had taken a similar approach. Grey enamel and sheets of silver had become my canvasses in which I explored colors and textures. I knew one day I would stray from my go to palette and try as best I could to capture nature in glass and metal.
There are more of these designs on my bench, not yet completed, completed designs are not yet photographed, and some designs are in my head or sketchbook (aren't they the same?). Just as with my city dweller collection, I am slowly creating a summit this way collection which grows and evolves with my adventures and I hope you love it just as much as you loved the designs influenced by my city living.
Thank you for buying these shiny objects made with love, made with my own two hands with a side of blood, sweat, dirt and tears.
Mix and match or layer them up!
I'm in love!
I have a few new bling with beads designs for you. I think this may be my favorite so far...
Finally! These sweet earrings are listed in my shop....
To celebrate I am offering free shipping with code 'new!' until the 7th of December. Check back soon, I'll be adding new work daily.
Here's a new hue for the collection...
With less layers of clothes in this summer heat I am having fun layering jewelry. Brass, oxidized silver and satin silver bangles get paired up, then I mix up collections by adding an oxidized fool's gold necklace and finally choose city dweller stacking rings to match the texture and finishes of the bracelets. Everything interchanges with ease and makes your jewelry box seems to double in size. Playing with colors and texture is fun in the studio and just as addicting when I choose my accessories for when I am out and about. The difference being the studio requires tools to explore, being out in the city requires some cool clothes, comfy shoes and lots of bling! (I love this look with my favorite dress from Queen of Hearts!)
what would you like to layer, mix and wear together?
I take a lot of process photos. Maybe it's because I love metalsmithing tools. Or because I find it awesome that shiny objects are born of fires, loud hammers, dirty pieces of sandpaper, whirring flex shafts and this solution we call pickle. Once metal shines we protect it, deam is precious and wear it with caution.
Seeing as jewelry is a huge part of my life, just as much as making it is, I strive to create work which is subtle and easily worn. Size, shape, textures and finishes are taken into account when I consider the wear and tear these shiny objects endure. I guess that's how my designs ended up so simple yet rich in subtle details. If I can wear my work while hammering, soldering and sanding then I can be pretty certain you will find my designs perfect for every day too. My finger prints may get worn away but my jewelry will remain timeless.
As always a huge thank you to all of my customers who keep me doing what I love, creating piles of silver dust. Without you my itty bitty designs wouldn't continue grow to become collections.
I spent a few snowy days in my studio whipping up designs which had piled up in my sketchbook. Here's the newest addition to my itty bitty collection....
Everyone seems to be looking for signs of spring, longer, sunnier days, flowers, weekend getaways. Until then...
wear adorn yourself with vibrant colors. Sea foam and marigold are top on my list of favorites.
A sparkly new addition for those winter blues...
bring the party to wherever you are. let's disco!
This collection is in full bloom...
forget-me-not rings make this bouquet complete.
Here's a little explanation on why I love these tiny flower so very much...
This dainty flower is one I came across in a warehouse full of vintage findings. It reminded me of a little forget-me-not bloom, delicate flowers serving as a strong symbol for love, romance and remembrance. As best said by Henry David Thoreau, "It is one of the most interesting minute flowers. It is the more beautiful for being small and unpretending; even flowers must be modest."
enjoy! xo, Kim