I know like me, you religiously go to your local Barnes and Noble Bookseller to pick up the latest issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine before they are soldout. I adore this magazine and have every issue printed over the past few years. It continues to be a source of inspiration and it connects me although it be vicariously to other jewelry artists.
The most amazing thing happened to me a sweet.sweet.sweet and very talented jewelry artist on the West Coast by the name of Riki Schumacher connected me to Diane Cook another sweet.sweet.sweet and talented artist. You must visit thir blogs and view their lovely jewelry creations.
This connection lead, Diane to invite me to be a part of a collaboration with the theme of using the same focal point called Marianne which is available from Brass Bouquet along with hundreds of other great elements. Well, I was just beyond pleased, excited, honored, and ectastically happy.happy.happy to be asked let me tell you.
Seven very talented artists agreed to participate and Diane wrote a brilliant article and six months later here we are in print in our favorite jewelry magazine.
I drove to two Barnes and Noble locations before I found any available copies. Just as I was putting my hands on the magazine on the shelf my phone rang and it was my best girl, Stacey. I told her she would never believe what I was doing. I was actually at Barnes and Noble picking up a magazine that had a piece of my jewelry inside...eeeeek....it's just too much!
That's my creation above featuring found objects: mother of pearl buttons, a mother of pearl "Mother" broach, a crystal oval and lots of vintage chain. Pearls and Turquoise one of my favorite combinations and a resin hand that I created from a vintage hand pin using a mold, crystals and metal tidbits.
My Mom had been in the hospital and she was in my thoughts as we almost lost her. As I worked in my studio she became the inspiration for the necklace. I filled this necklace with things that remind me of her. She once gave me a huge jar of buttons that her Aunt had given her as a child to play with when she spent time at her house. One of my Mom's favorite rings was from a family vacation to Wyoming - a huge turquoise creation. My Mom also has the most beautiful hands...I remember looking at her hands as a little girl thinking how lovely her nails always looked. I thought my Mom was elegant, beautiful and I was always so proud that she was my Mom.
What a great opportunity to be a part of this collaboration...It was a wonderful experience and I think that every single necklace is spectacular. But, why wouldn't they be, these are some of the most talented gals in the business.
What a lovely Summer necklace, don't you think by the uber talented Molly Alexander?
Love the colors Molly selected for her necklace.
Diana Frey style is always romantically fabulous - her trademark. I think Fabulous must be her middle name!
This necklace is by Marie Dodd even though it says Riki's name in print. Marie has a steampunk vibe that I just love in her work.
Diane and Rikki's necklaces are so fitting to be side by side as they are dear friends and gal pals. Both of these ladies create romantic found object creations that are unique one of a kind creations - truly wearable art pieces. Love them both (& the necklaces too!).
The last necklace is by Cindy Wimmer and is a Victorian dream...beautiful blue heaven...with amazing roses and lovely fibers...beautiful work Cindy.
Thank you, Diane for including me in this collaboration...it has been my dream come true.
Now go out and visit these talented ladies blogs!
Diane Cook - Rosa & Josies Blog
Diana Frey - Diana Frey Blog
Riki Schumacher - Riki Jewelry Blog
Cindy Wimmer - Sweet Bead Studio Blog
Marie Dodd - Maire Dodd Blog
Molly Alexander - Beautifully Broken Me Blog
and Brass Bouquet
Blessings my Friends - Julie