Monday, October 19, 2009

"Shoppe Local"

The owners of Patina will open the doors of their new venture, Shoppe Local, next week. This boutique will highlight local designers and artists of all mediums. Find your local jewelry, accessories and other novelties at this highly anticipated shop near their South Minneapolis Patina location-- 813 50th Street South Minneapolis. Stop by and see a collection of your truly, Britta Lynn, and my other studio mates, Emily Johnson and Betty Jager. I am excited to work with such an exciting store and can't wait to see a whole boutique dedicated to the amazing local artists.

New Designs

I promise to post new designs as soon as I have a photo shoot. I am working on a collection of tree knot inspired designs with granulation and winged friends with a newly learned technique called Keum Boo. In the meantime, enjoy these never before posted designs:

Custom Design

I had the privilege to create a pair of custom designed wedding rings for a couple in search of new rings to symbolize their commitment. They stumbled upon me at a First Thursday at the Northrup King and found a ring they both were drawn to for different reasons. I love to name my designs because they each have their own story, but I usually try to name them ambiguous enough so each person can interpret the design to their own experiences and not just fall into my interpretation- but I have not settled on a name for this design. I have called this reticulated sterling silver and fine silver granulation design "Nature's Crown", "Seedlings", "Wave" and the list goes on. This ring fit the couple so perfect for different reasons: He is a landscape artist and the swells and valleys of the silver reminded him of landscapes while she is a student studying agriculture and she preferred the seedling interpretation of the granulation. We oxidized the finished product to give them a very rustic, earthy feel. They seem as though they were just pulled from an archaeological dig. I was very excited about these rings and the meaning they both had for the couple. I hope they enjoy them for years to come.

3rd place People's Choice Award!

It has been a very busy summer/ fall that has kept me at my bench and off the computer but alas, I have found some time for the world wide web. The first big event this season was the WJA Designer Showcase in September held at Stephen Vincent's loft in the Warehouse District. This is an exclusive event where local and regional artists showcase their designs for local and regional gallery and boutique owners. Here you can find a wide variety of talent and technique all within your local area. This event encourages owners and retailers to shop local and discover new and rising talent. It was a great atmosphere to show off my new collection. I was honored to win third place in the "People's Choice Award" amongst the other talented designers. Here are some photos of the event!