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A new experiment

In the spirit of taking our jewellery/nature fusion one step farther, Tito has designed these beautiful bezels using copper and small pieces of bark and driftwood. Can’t wait to add flowers and resin and see the overall composition!

 

The Blood Moon & Mooning Cats

On Saturday night I caught this beauty rising over the lake – a perfectly timed blood moon is such a lucky shot!

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Sunday I caught this lovely angle. Sadly, not such a rare occurrence around here.

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Sunday was also the day that I finished our latest batch of sterling silver, bought the table, chairs and tent for our first art festival (<2 weeks away!) and got a chance to shoot some of our latest! I am in LOVE with how this viola preserved:

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And this purple iris has so much lovely detail:

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And these days I’m really hooked on how sterling silver, turquoise resin and birch bark look together!

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Finished off a few gorgeous rings as well:

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And then got another shot of my handsome cat, doing his thing. Almost as majestic as that moon shot, right?

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We are totally pumped for our first show. Check out this link to see our summer art festival schedule! As always, if you love my work and feel inspired to make your own resin jewellery, check out my how-to book for everything you need to know; supplies, techniques and tips on how to not only work with resin, but choose and preserve flowers. You can learn more here :)

A world of inpsiration

I love spring for lots of reasons; the temperatures are comfortable, the novelty of nice weather is fresh, the nights are still cool enough for knitted shawls and scarves. Most of all though, spring is a time of great inspiration for my work because so many beautiful flowers are in bloom. When we did our marketing shoot, I couldn’t help but grab a few quick shots of the flowers in the area as well, I can’t wait to preserve some new batches for my jewelry.

I have always said that the beauty in what we do is taking something transitional by nature; and turning into a permanent piece of wearable art. I love the bright colours and texture that resin preserves, to be admired for years to come. Though our humble work comes close, nothing really beats the beauty of freshly bloomed flowers!

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Not Dead, Just Busy ;)

IMG_0243This is probably the longest dry spell the blog has ever had, but I’ve got good reasons, honest. The cat got sick (he’s better now) the computer was in the shop for 2 weeks (it’s better now) and we’ve had our heads down every evening buried in production for the show season, which will start next month. Check out the show schedule here if you live near the Niagara region and want to check us out!

We’re really focusing on sterling silver these days. As much as I loved my older pieces, I really feel like Tito’s involvement has raised the game in a huge way. I used to buy commercial bezels, but handmade bezels make all the difference. Each piece is truly one of a kind, and I love his design aesthetic. Check out our latest goodies in sterling silver with viola, pansies, pink nigella and birch bark!

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A Shoot in the Garden

Last weekend, Tito and I took some of our favourite pieces out to the Toronto Music Garden to shoot what, in the advertising world, we call ‘hero shots’. We had a lot of fun arranging the work, hanging things on trees, and generally trying to place the work back in the context of the natural materials that go into the jewellery. I wanted to make each element look like something that could have grown, right alongside the flowers, while still standing out as a cool piece of jewelry. Some of my faves are below!

PS – If you check out the shop you’ll see that I’ve added an ‘upcoming events’ link at the top – this is where I’ll keep up-to-date information about our show appearances, if you live near the Niagara region, come check us out!

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Resin in the Sun

One of the reasons Tito and I love selling at shows so much is that the jewelry looks lovely in the sun. In person, our work is lovely, and heavy and shiny, and seeing all our pieces spread out has a very candy-shop type of appeal. All the colours and details really shine in different kinds of light, check this out!

The first one I have to show off is our latest sterling silver piece. This one is heavy and highly polished with red Queen Anne’s lace inside.IMG_9957 IMG_9963

And this lovely set has metallic blue paint underneath the flower arrangements.

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Here’s a set with metallic green;

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And of course, pieces that are completely see-through really shine…

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And just one quick shot of some pieces ready to mail to a customer. We finally got our new labels and business cards in, and the Blue Brick is feeling more and more like the cute indie business I want it to be :)

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New Resin Goodies, and summer show schedule

Had to share a few snapshots of the work we’ve been up to lately, along with information at last about our upcoming art shows! Tito and I have been accepted to:

Frogpond Farms Organic Winery, Art in the Vineyard, June 20-21
Niagara-on-the-Lake Market, July 11th & 18th
Art By the Lighthouse, August 1-2

We are super pumped. We love art shows because we get to talk to people about our work, explain what goes into it, what flowers are used and why we chose certain shapes and colours. It’s a far more gratifying experience for us than selling online. We’ll be selling jewelry, accessories, shawl pins, possibly even some woven wraps and infinity scarves, and of course copy of my Resin Jewelry book for folks who feel inspired, but would rather learn to make their own creations. If you’re in Southern Ontario, and you feel like a bit of a road trip, we’d love it if you came out!

New on the resin front – experiments in white resin. I love how it pops the colour on flowers that are normally too thin and delicate for the resin. Flowers that turn transparent in clear resin show up beautifully on the white background.
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New earrings, a custom order from someone who found us via Instagram. Copper rings with naturally white Queen Anne’s lace flowers under a perfect, glossy resin dome.
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Egregious, or awesome? This is a resin hemisphere with a perfect little viola inside. I’ve sanded out a concave section of the back and resined it directly onto a curved piece of etched and tarnished copper. Add some leather straps and a chunky copper clasp and you have an adorable bracelet!
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A little more work in brass, at last. Tito and I have been very copper-heavy on our inventory so far, but I’m really loving the colour of brass, and the colour it turns when we add the patina. Blue baby’s breath and red begonias decorate these pendants, freshly cured.
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And shawl pins. Lots and lots of shawl pins. Pink and purple tulips, blue hydrangeas, nigella, birch bark and violas.
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Last, but definitely not least, more of our work in sterling silver. We ordered up a lot of it, and the sheer cost of working in silver made it intimidating to really get started. This is only our second sterling silver ring, completely handmade, with turquoise resin and natural, white Queen Anne’s lace flowers under a high resin dome. I’m claiming this one!
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