Archive for the 'jewelry' Category
The work center of the studio is making its annual pilgrimage, closer to the wood stove. When it gets cold outside I find that I’m like the cats — I want to be as close to the fire as possible. So I end up working at the dining table, where it’s warm and the morning light is brightest since the windows face to the east.
I’ve been making some of my aunt and mentor Jessica Rose’s designs.
These Ruffle Bracelets are fabulous. Made of stone beads, they have a softness and fluidity that is super feminine. I love them in jade and carnelian but I might have to make them in white pearl next, for a vintage lacy look.
I’ve had a batch of old metal sunray-shaped findings stashed away in a drawer for years. Every so often I’d take them out and think how I wanted to make something with them, but instead they’d end up back in the cabinet.
Last week, I gave myself some time off to refill the creative well. I went to the library and chose randomly inspiring books on Andy Goldsworthy, Shaker furniture, Antique Jewelry and William Morris. I scribbled ideas in my sketchbook. I wandered off and washed a couple of windows. I tidied my desk. Eventually I dug through my drawers of materials… and there were the findings, waiting.
So I made something that isn’t strictly anything, and had a wonderful time doing it.
Now this blanket-curtain-whatever-it-is is hanging on the wall, catching the light in its old metal shimmery way, and delighting me. I want to make a GIANT one if I can hunt down more of these findings. The bagful is all used up.
Estyn Hulbert jewelry is now available at Associated Diamond Brokers in Philadelphia.
Drop by if you’re in the area — the people are friendly and the store has been in business for nearly half a century.
My drive down to Philadelphia for the Buyers Market looked like this:
I95 with only one other car in view
welcome to blizzardy Pennsylvania
you’re really in trouble now
just 3 more blocks to the hotel. Phew.
A few buyers and artists weren’t able to make it at all, or had to scramble to create displays out of office supplies when their shipments got stuck on the other side of the country. I was very lucky to have everything with me.
We had more snow on the way home, but M drove (thank you!) and we made good time.
I’m glad to be back in the studio filling orders, with the help of my trusty assistants.
There’s a lot of making things like this
going on, in preparation for the next Buyers Market wholesale show next week in Phili.
I’ve been making armies of earrings and necklaces, including lots of these Daisy necklaces, and shipping them off around the country.
I’m delighted to be showing at two new stores – Diane’s Artisan Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, and The Collector in Merrick, NY. Go check ’em out if you live nearby!
The Buyers Market of American Craft is in Phili again this weekend and I’m getting ready. I’ve been making new designs to show, and stocking up on samples. Here’s a glimpse:
I feel positively magpie-ish when I see lots of pieces laid out like this. A good feeling of abundance. Making the new designs has given me more ideas, spiraling out in some kind of fractal pattern of inspiration, too many to chase down. But I want to try.