Jewelry for Cozy, September 2011

Yes, it has been two and a half years since I posted jewelry.  Yeesh.

I will be in Durham on Saturday for a trunk show at Cozy (770 9th St, Durham NC) from 10am-6pm.  Here’s a preview of what I will have with me!

New Jewelry

I am trying to get my jewelry inventory up to date.  I can’t believe how much stuff I have around that I haven’t photographed or posted.  Below are some of the latest creations.  I have been focusing on making simpler things for When Pigz Fly in Raleigh.  I have a lot of good materials around, and I have a hankering to make something complex.  We’ll see how much free time I have this month…

When Pigz Fly

You can now find Pink Ginn jewelry at When Pigz Fly in Raleigh (11125 Six Forks Rd). The owner, Diane, and I picked out a selection of pieces including necklaces, bracelets, and a nice bunch of earrings. I’ll be restocking regularly (things already seems to be flying off the shelves!)

I also updated my Kodak Gallery album of what is currently available. More will get added to that when I take some photos of my most recent creations.

Upcoming shows include:

And finally… I finished my clapotis (pattern can be found here).  I knit it in Malabrigo Silky Merino and it is very touchable.

Joe College Day 10/4/08

Well, it’s tomorrow – I’ll be out on West Campus at Duke from ~3p-8p with a selection of pretty much everything I make. I whipped up a few more things in the last few nights. The earrings were inspired by some one of my friends was wearing earlier this week. I tried to go simpler with the necklaces, too – I know I like to wear complex pieces, but sometimes you need something simple!

Being Sick Isn’t All Bad….

Having a cold is generally a bummer, but I had so much down time that I was able to make a lot of stuff. In the midst of napping and watching the West Wing, here’s some of the new stuff I’ll have out with me at Joe College Day (October 4, 3-8p on West Campus at Duke). I went to the bead show on Saturday, so a lot of this is inspired by the new strands I picked up there. The lighting on the photos was weird – no idea why, but I did my best!

Hurricane Party

Well, I was almost right about the weekend – it did involve a lot of gin, but in the form of Gin Gin Mules. Leave it to Jake to one-up himself.

We put together quite the party, and we were lucky that all of our friends were able to evacuate New Orleans, though some certainly waited longer than others. Amongst the evacuees was the entertainment for the evening, Paul Sanchez, and his wife. Check out his music if you haven’t already. Their visit led to some jewelry making – a smaller version of my indicolite tourmaline earrings and a two-strand matching bracelet.

Leila’s Wedding Jewelry

My future sister-in-law asked me to make the jewelry for her wedding. The beads on the jewelry coordinate with her dress (though none of know what the dress looks like, so this is our sneak preview!). The necklaces were similar to some other stuff I have done, so that was easy enough. The earrings, on the other hand, were based on a button she had.

My father always hoped I would be an engineer – he got what he wanted, just not how he expected it. I’m pretty good at looking at how a piece of jewelry is made and coming up with my own way of making it. So that’s what I did here. This is the first time I have made stud earrings. I think they came out ok!

Plums and Figs

As is often the case, this project started with a request from my aunt – this time for a necklace in plums and greys. Once I had all of those beads out (I think I was working with about 20 or so different types), I figured I may as well enjoy them – I loved the colors together. The result was the necklace that was originally commissioned, a single strand necklace, a single strand and a triple strand bracelet, and a few pairs of earrings. For someone who claims purple as a favorite color, I had surprisingly little purple jewelry prior to this.

Kite EarringsPurple and Grey Cluster EarringsPurple and Grey NecklacePurple and Grey BraceletPurple and Grey Three-Strand BraceletPurple and Grey Three-Strand NecklacePurple and Grey Three-Strand Necklace - Detail

Figs? I recently learned there is a fig tree near where I work. I’m all about trying new things – my main experience with figs is in “Newton” form. Not my favorite snack. But everything deserves a second chance. As it turns out, fresh figs are quite tasty. I picked a bagful and then went in search of a recipe. I settled on a fig tart with a rosemary cornmeal crust and a lemon marscarpone filling. My knitting group will get to try it out tonight. Now I just need to figure out what I am going to knit tonight to keep me from eating the entire tart….

Fig and Lemon Marscarpone Tart in Rosemary Cornmeal Crust

Indicolite and Pearls and Topaz, Oh My!

Even though I was busy with quite a few tasks this weekend, I still had time for more than my fair share of jewelry-making and West Wing watching. Looking at what I made, I was apparently transfixed by indicolite tourmaline, freshwater pearls, and lemon topaz this weekend.

Everything was added to the Kodak Gallery site. Below are a few of the more interesting pieces.