Soul Keeper

At one point, the pagans believed that a string around the neck kept the soul from flying away.

Today, the necklace is a stable part of our jewelry vocabulary.  It comes in as many varieties as there are people.  Sometimes it’s daunting to wade through the crowd to find that perfect necklace.  Nevertheless, I never cease to feel a tug of excitement when I see a beautifully crafted piece of the soul keeper.

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Eddie Borgo

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Anndra Neen

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Shadowplay

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Monique Pean

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Yokoo

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I’ve Got Mail

Today I received a wonderful package in the mail: a gift to myself to celebrate a recent milestone.  I cannot wait to dive in and devour it one bit at a time.  No no, it’s not chocolate.  It is….

Ta da!

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This book (and might I mention perfect coffee table decor) spans the last 100 years of jewelry design, from 1910s Edwardian Era to 1930s Hollywood Glamor, to 1960s POP, all the way to the present.  As soon as I learned about this book, I told myself I had to have it.   As a jewelry designer, I’m always looking for inspirations.  One indispensable source is the creations of decades past.  After all, I truly believe that design is like knowledge: you have to study the past to create the future.

 

Calder on My Mind

I’ve been fascinated by brass jewelry lately.  Someone that immediately came to mind as a source of inspiration is Alexander Calder.  While Calder is best known for his mobile art, which introduced motion to sculpture, he was also the creator of almost 2000 pieces of jewelry.

Looking at his jewelry, I am drawn to their bold forms and jagged details.  They are not for the dainty and shy, that’s for sure.  An air of primitiveness infiltrates the lines, materials and textures.  Calder in fact rarely used solder, choosing instead to connect parts through metal loops or binding them with wires.  That deliberate choice has resulted in creations that could have been made thousands of years ago in the hands of our ancestors.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy his work so much.  Their imperfect lines contain traces of his fingerprints.  They are metal objects transformed in human hands, and in turn, have assumed their warmth and intimacy.

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Philly On My Phone

Did you have a good weekend?

I paid a quick visit to the city I used to call home.  Walking around campus and familiar neighborhoods, mixed emotions coursed through me.  It was fondness mixed with some bittersweetness.  Memories flashed by in unexpected places and unexpected vistas showed up in faded parts of my memory.  I felt this nostalgia and a little tinge of sadness that those days are behind me, and that all the cast of characters have dispersed near and far, never to be gathered in the same place under the same circumstances again.  Above all, I felt a desire to go back to those days but relive them as I am today: older and wiser enough to be more impetuous.

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“Art is the center of the real world”

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Paint the sky

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Sunday readings by Independence Hall

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Hot Chip @ the Electric Factory

Thank You

I want to take a moment to be thankful.

It’s not Thanksgiving yet, I’m aware.  But I think it’s important to write these thoughts down, or better yet, say them out loud.  Even though I say “thank you” to people on an ongoing basis, I feel like it’s different than setting aside time to really think about all the ways that I’ve been the grateful recipient of others’ time, consideration, support and love.

Here’s a list, in no particular order.

I am thankful for:

  • An amazing best friend, cheerleader, crying shoulder, hugger and thought partner that is my fiance Mike.  I honestly don’t think I would’ve embarked on this journey were it not for his encouragement and acceptance.  It’s been an emotional rollercoaster but I am tasting, for probably the first time, the pure joy of striving for my best at what I love.  So thank you for allowing me to do that and for being my Paula Abdul when I pull a Simon Cowell on myself.
  • My parents who are learning to let go.  It’s been hard for my parents to accept my recent decisions.  I’ve always been so close to them.  To say “no” to what they think is best for me took a lot of determination on my part and took a lot of acceptance on theirs.  Though we still don’t talk about the particulars of what I do with my time, they have really made a conscious effort to give me space to learn and grow.  A large part of my motivation, aside from making something of what I love, is to make them proud.
  • My friends from near and far who have supported me through actions and not just words.  It’s really easy to just say “oh you’re doing such a nice job.”  I cannot appreciate enough those friends who challenge me to do things better and think bigger.  It’s nice when your friends light a fire under your seat and get you going when you’re stumped or immersed in too much self contentment.
  • My customers.  Thanks for taking a leap of faith in someone you don’t know.  I’ve been lucky enough to make connections across the US and even in Japan and Australia!  A large part of what I love about jewelry is its ability to connect people and its ability to move people.  I hope to touch more folks around the world through my work.  And i will never forget my first supporters.
  • New York.  I’m so thankful that I live in this city filled with sources of inspirations.  To think that I could just step out, hop on the subway and visit dozens of museums, neighborhoods and parks just fills me with the joy of possibilities.  I really should take more advantage of my playground and let it seep into the details of my creations.

I’m sure there are lots more that I can be thankful for but I think this is a good start.

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to take a moment and say your thanks. =)