From an old net loft on the East coast of Scotland, Kirsty Thomas tries to avoid the distraction of the beautiful view as she beavers away in the Pigeon Studio. The Lovely Pigeon is a maker of prints, stationery, jewellery and things that to Kirsty resonate people and places. On this occasion I would like to show you the metal collection: Earrings, necklaces and notebooks with clean lines and shiny geometric shapes.
First we have the ‘brassy’ Brass range. Gold and bold and primary coloured these pieces make a statement! The handcrafted jewellery is made of geometric panels of brass and bright yellow and coral Formica.
And then we have the stylish, more subtle Copper theme. Brushed copper panels are layered with mint, soft grey and navy to create a fresh contemporary look.
Kirsty has also created a set of A6 notebooks with geometric copper foil designs:
Rosita Bonita is an independent designer with a speciality in leather jewellery. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted in her East London studio, beginning as original illustrations which are then screen-printed or foil-embossed onto fine leathers & carefully assembled into unique & collectable treasures. Inspired by a glamorous fantasy of past times & faraway lands, from stage sets & costumes from Hollywood’s golden era, carnivals & magic shows, the vintage graphics of posters & packages & the icons of myth & legend, Rosita Bonita aims to design striking but wearable pieces to bring a touch of the frivolous fun of dressing up into everyday life.
New for Autumn/Winter 2013, The Toledo Collection is an elegant, yet playful take on the traditional damascene jewellery of Spain & Japan. Delicate illustrations fusing the two styles are embossed in shining gold foil onto smooth, lightweight leather in bold Black & regal Ox Blood, & dressed with golden chains & swinging tassels.
A versatile, unisex piece, this bolo can be worn as a tie, or a necklace. The leather medallion is foil – embossed with a pair of golden birds framed by an ornamental hoop and mounted on a gold plated slider, on a braided leather bolo cord with graduated golden tips.
Feeling autumnal? As the leaves fall from the trees and the darkness of winter descends, we’ve got a new collection of jewellery from Layla Amber perfect for this time of year: The Woodland Collection.
For some time Layla had been toying with the idea of working in wood. She had the spark of an idea to use geometric patterns in some way, but what form was that going to take? Layla began just sketching out ideas and always seemed to naturally gravitate towards drawing animals, and in this case it was an owl. Experimentation led her to remove all of the unnecessary features, replacing what was left with geometric shapes and patterns. From here the idea was developed across some of her favourite woodland animals.
Over the weekend we had some new jewellery designs by Alice Bosc arrive on our shelves. Alice’s geometric statement necklaces by designer Alice Bosc have taken from the patterns of Navajo folk art, so I thought I’d take a closer look at some Navajo Indian craft just to get a bit of background to the pieces.
The Navajo, the largest federally recognised tribe in The United States of America, are famed for their weaving. I stumbled across this short film of elderly Navajo Clara Sherman carding and spinning. She was one truly skilled lady!
Go on a journey of self discovery with these absolutely incredible Titanium Quartz pendants.
Titanium Quartz, also known as Rainbow Aura Quartz, is the perfect stone for the mind. It is said to centre scattered emotions and aid clarity of thought, clearing unnecessary thoughts and helping you discover your life path.
We also tend to think that these pendants look a little bit like the far flung reaches of the universe. What better way to expand your horizons!