Last Hurrah: Retirement of Some Favourites

Out with the old … in with the new! 

In order to make some room for new designs and color palettes, some of the Piece de Resistance sets will be getting a well-earned retirement.  Since they also feature elements like ribbons, pearls and accents that have limited availability, once they are gone, they are gone!

Here are the items to be phased out:

– Golightly Enamel Bangle Set

– Golightly Gleaming Curiosities Necklace

– Savoy Truffle Bangle Set

– Savoy Truffle Gleaming Curiosities Necklace

With new designs and enamel shades on the workbench, new sets will be debuted as these all time favourites are slowly phased out. 

Have a color / style suggestion for new bangle sets?  I’d love to know!  Please leave a comment with your ideas.

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Trendy Assorted Oranges

Out of all the bold shades that are trending for this autumn, my favourites are the shades of orange and saffron that are too beautiful to pass up. Whether I’m whipping up a batch of Parisian macarons or set of enameled bangles, it seems like warm citrus tones just have a magnetic draw.  It seems like the perfect color for mixing – it plays so well with mocha, pink, blue, and purple . . . is there a single color that isn’t set off by an accent of orange?

Top left to right : Orange Blossom Parisian Macarons with Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling; New for Fall – Enameled and Textile Necklace

Bottom left to right : Orange Blossom Water from Nielsen Massey; Mumford Wallpaper in Rust and Pearl from Thibaut; New for Fall – Teal Cape with Embellished Eternity Scarf from SecretGardenApparel.Etsy.com

 

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Source of Inspiration – Eugène Delacroix

The rich colors and textures of Eugène Delacroix’s oil paintings still strike a chord with me – the dramatic scenes of men hunting on horseback contrasting with the intimate glimpses of Algerian interiors is a combination too luring to resist.

Traveling to Morroco and North Africa in 1832, shortly after Algeria was taken by the French, Delacroix was enamoured with the people and clothing and daily scenes that surrounded him.  By far I love the paintings he made during this time most of all.  These were some of the most inspiring when I starting looking for something to kickstart my ideas for new jewelry, along with the 1930’s drama, Algiers.

“Eugène Delacroix was a curious mixture of skepticism, politeness, dandyism, willpower, cleverness, despotism, and finally, a kind of special goodness and tenderness that always accompanies genius”.

 

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New Summertime Jewels: ‘Tide Pool’

Every Summer, I take a holiday at the beach.  I love the natural beauty of the ocean, and all the creatures that call the tides pools, dunes and water-worn piers and jetties their home.  Inspired by the amazing, organic textures gleaned from the shoreline, I’ve been hard at work on a new collection of enameled wearables for my other shop, LiaBowenStudio on Etsy.

 Each of these Barnacle rings is made form either copper or fine silver metal clay, fired and then enameled to look like the real thing.  A tiny white freshwater pearl completes each piece.  Still to come: a naturalistic mussel shell, starfish and variety of lady crab.

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>Sneak Peek: Unabashed Apparel’s Preview Picture for Fall/Winter 2011

There’s nothing like a little glimpse into the future – especially if it reveals the hauntingly beautiful feel woven together by Sarahbeth Larrimore of Unabashed Apparel!

This snippet of winter’s spell is part of the Fall and Winter line for 2011, featuring a completely new collection of Bullfinch and Barbury bangles made to evoke the same lonely, graceful effect as seen in this image. Sarahbeth orchestrated a varied collection of talents to bring this line together – in addition to bangles, Necklaces and Earrings are by Lauren Haupt Jewelry, Handmade Chairs are by Domus Aurea Woodworking Studio, Makeup by Serenity Eyre, Photography by Jana Busbin . . . and of course, clothing by none other than Unabashed Apparel.

The future is looking quite captivating!

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>Holiday Artisan Fair 2010

>My friend Sunny has coordinated a Holiday Fair again this year at her home in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. The emphasis is on hand-made wares and organic edibles for people and pets . . . don’t forget pets! Things are still in the organization process, but I plan to be there from 8 AM to 2 PM with all sorts of lovely enameled jewels to try on and check out.

My two planning objectives for the day:

  • Somehow find a way to keep some hot tea on hand all day long
  • Buy a reliable CD/MP3 player and play Edith Paif and Django Reinhardt (and later use it in my studio, so it needs to be one die hard CD player to withstand all of the enamel dust and metal grindings!)

Come and see me :

October 9th 2010 – 8 AM to 2 PM

375 Byers Rd

Chester Springs, PA 19425

POTENTIAL SELLERS: Please contact me if you would like to join us! It’s $25 per table/vendor.

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>Looking Ahead to Autumn

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It’s still balmy . . . especially when I fire up the kiln on these 90 degree July days . . . but let’s talk Autumn anyway.

I have been plotting out some new enameled treats, and ordered some new and unexpected color combinations for Fall for a spin on the classic yellow, orange, red and brown. Here are some of the early ruminations for what’s in store for Fall.

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>Impressionist Bangles – Van Gogh

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I’m very excited about these bangles! Vincent Van Gogh has long been one of my favourite painters and I think that his style translates well into enamel. The saturated tones of his work and the extraordinary use of contrasting color and shape draws an immediate response from the viewer. There is an emotional content in Van Gogh’s work that resounds far beyond the subject matter. Who else could make a Cafe seem so charged with tension – or a night sky appear so hopeful and caressing and tranquil?

Van Gogh was actually considered a failure in his lifetime, and suffered from extreme anxiety and mental illness. He was very close with his brother, Theo, and though his letters, much insight into Vincent’s life was preserved. Vincent once explained that painting eased his anxiety and relieved his depression – and from looking at his later paintings, it is clear that Vincent was optimistic and concentrating on a healthy outlook. Many of his paintings from this time incorporated swirls – like the clouds in Starry Night.
It was only after his death that Van Gogh’s work became recognized as a foundation for modern art. His peers later described his work as “genius”, and when you peruse the list of most expensive paintings ever sold, Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” is in the top five.

The Starry Night bangles were made using watercolor enamels and crayon enamels. Both of these are applied like a person would use any other watercolor or pencil, but are fired into the surface just like a powdered enamel. The addition of rutilated quartz cabochons by stone cutter Greg Genovese, brings out the golden, glimmering effect of the 24 Karat gold foil stars.
The next set in the works is Monet’s Waterlilies . . . Do you have a favourite Impressionist that you would like to see in bangle-form? Please leave a comment with your suggestions!

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>Holiday Giveaway Winners!

>Thank you to everyone who entered the Bullfinch & Barbury Holiday Giveaway! I have the names of two winners, provided by RANDOM.org’s true random number generator.

The winner of the Bit of Merry Giveaway is: Melissa Moore

Melissa was number 81 out of 95 entries – she is getting a set of Wexford enameled bangles and a Cranberry Spice Enamel and Pearl Necklace!

The winner of the Holiday Cache Giveaway is: Jamie Waggoner

Jaime was number 6 out of 29 entries – she is getting the Somerset enameled bangle set and a Somerset Damask Enameled Necklace!


Thank you again to everyone who entered!

Happy Holidays!

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>Swan Lake Winter Scene

>This lovely hand-colored swan print from the 1850’s caught my eye while browing through Etsy the other day – and suddenly inspired a whole winter scene of elegant clothing, chilly hues and ruffled finery.

Circa 1850 Bewick’s Swan, Black Necked Swan Art Engraving

Norma Sequin Headband

Gray Ballerina Series – Part 2

Dreamscape Fine Art Photograph

She-Shells Giftbox

Vintage 1970’s Gold Fringe Necklace

Black and Brown Cloche with Two Vintage Buttons

Spiral Pleats Dress

I had to include this custom bangle set designed by Kitty – she asked for a mixture of sage and cream shades, and the result was lovely!

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