Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I love to carve. You can watch me carve Fragment beads HERE today, working on necklaces to go with the drop Fragment earrings in the last image.

Fragment pieces displayed at Quench in Belfast Maine.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mixing work with pleasure

We managed to organize an end of summer trip to Maine last week. After delivering jewelry to the newly opened shop Quench in Belfast we concentrated heavily on relaxing. I'm happy to say here, on a small cove on Westport Island, it was not difficult.

The Trading Post was built in 1815 and at high tide is very much ON the water.

 The shop Quench - Provisions for the Savvy -  is spot on and a great addition to the shops, art galleries, bookstores and eateries in Belfast.

Quench is carrying my Reef and Fragment collections.

Jen (of Quench Metalworks) carefully chose other artist's work to carry alongside her own to fill her charming, wedge shaped shop in the heart of Belfast's artsy shopping district. I am so pleased to be part of her line up. Definitely make time to stop and see her at 9 Beaver Street if you are in the area.

I bought a pair of Jen's sterling silver mini pod earrings but I love these ferns too. They are available in her Etsy shop… if you can't make it to Maine. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

One thing leads to another

I've finally expanded my Reef line to include post earrings.

They are pretty artsy and abstract as each pair goes together but is a mirror image. The earrings are in fact the exact same beads used to make the necklace but with the earrings you see them from the "face" of the bead rather than the side. The sides of the disks are sanded to create some contrast, rather like a bezel, and the posts are sterling silver.

I debated these earrings for quite a while and worked (without success) on designs that were exactly like the necklace and bracelets because the strength of the design is in the fact that it all colors.  But in the end I really think the earrings work and I've paired them by dominate color. (e.g. earrings that are mostly red, earrings that are mostly green)

Let me know what you think. They'll be in the Etsy shop by end of day. Maybe some dangle versions will happen next.

Have a great weekend! I'm off to the Quench opening in Belfast Maine…more on that as internet connection at our Down East accommodation allows.