Contemporary Jewelry - Unique Accessories - Enliven Your Style
"I am fascinated by personal style. Just as a novel, a poem or a painting reflects the artist, fashion shows us the artist within."
New York based Susan Alexandra was raised in the Midwest. When she was seven, Susan scored her first copy of Vogue. "The cover was Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta in Issac Mizrahi ballgowns- bright purple and pink cream puffs! I was completely enthralled. I wanted to be part of that magical world."
Her style is lush, romantic, whimsical, humorous and informed by sharp juxtapositions. Best known for her colorful hand painted jewelry and purses, Susan makes designs that dazzle ones inner child .
Susan's influence's range from Frida Kahlo, Oilily patterns from the 90's, heartbreak, empathy, bodega signs, watermelon candies, salad bars and hip-hop. She is dedicated to creating a loving, supportive community in NYC and organizes gatherings to nurture and connect women. She is a Scorpio, which is important.
All pieces are made by hand in Manhattan.
Annemieke Broenink is a Dutch designer with a passion for fashion and accessories. She studied fashion design and has an extensive background in design and sales in the Amsterdam fashion industry. Annemieke has been designing her own collection of playful necklaces and collars – a combination of both art and fashion – since 2004. All her wearable art is produced in her own studio.
Annemieke Broenink is well known as an artist who creates and produces jewelry in rubber which is inspired by traditional lace neckpieces worn in the 17th century. Working with rubber invites her to explore new directions. It’s a passion developing new applications from basic materials which are originally designed for other purposes.
I make unique, classic yet contemporary jewelry that's perfect for the woman who knows what she loves and builds her jewelry collection the way she builds her wardrobe, one carefully chosen item at a time.
I make each piece by hand, imbuing it with my time and attention. I specialize in pearls and colorful gemstones. The distinctive character of the materials and the touch of the tools make every piece one of a kind.
Whether wearing an elegantly layered necklace or a bold statement piece, I want a woman to feel beautiful and confident.
I'm a fourth generation artist.
I was born in Scotland and lived in France and Switzerland before finally settling in the United States. Growing up in a family of artists and missionaries, it’s not surprising that I’m concerned with beauty and meaning.
My maternal grandfather was artist Garth Williams, who illustrated dozens of children’s books including Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and the Little House on the Prairie series.
I apprenticed with my aunt, artist and jewelry designer Jessica Rose, who hired me as her assistant and encouraged me to start designing jewelry.
Jessica was a self-taught artist known for her opulent and playful jewelry designs and sculptures. She designed jewelry collections for fashion designers Yves St. Laurent and Issey Miyake, and had jewelry featured in numerous films, including Fatal Attraction. She was honored with a retrospective show at Sotheby's of London.
Jessica passed away in 2006 but I continue to make her timeless designs.
Thomas Mann has been an active participant in the contemporary American Craft movement for over forty years as an artist, gallery owner and educator.
He describes himself as an artist working in the medium of jewelry and sculpture. The primary design vocabulary which he employs in the making of jewelry objects combines industrial aesthetics and materials with evocative themes and romantic imagery. He calls this design system "Techno-Romantic". Though it's not the only design mode in which he works, it is the one for which he and his work is best known.
Thomas Mann lives and works in New Orleans where he oversees a jewelry design and production studio, a sculpture studio, a gallery, and an educational workshop space.
If Grainne Morton was to have a spirit animal, no doubt it would be the magpie. Instinctively and obsessively drawn to collecting and hoarding anything miniature or precious that catches her eye, many things you or I would overlook, Grainne has amassed an incredible collection of objects - all destined to find their place among the tales she weaves within her jewelled compositions.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, by creative and antique-loving parents, Grainne was immersed in and surrounded by the traditional Crafts, Folklore, Music and Fairy Tales of the country. Perhaps it's this beginning to her story that has now imbued her work with it's somewhat contradictory nature? All at once vintage and contemporary, precious and non-precious, spontaneous and ordered, junk and treasure... this could well be a description of Grainne's motherland, itself.
Her individuality, and the expression of that - primarily through clothes, style and the considered presentation of [her]self - is engrained in each piece of jewellery she makes. Each piece, carefully choreographed, the arranging and re-arranging of little objects, and precious things, moved and re-placed until they establish a relationship to each other. And tell a story to the viewer.
Moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, in the late eighties to study at Edinburgh College of Art was the jump off point for Grainne to become an avid collector of antiques and ephemera. When her parents visited her in Edinburgh, they would go on antique-buying trips for their shop at home in Northern Ireland, and Grainne would tag along. Her collections became her inspiration, and her inspiration became her work.
This use of unexpected, and delightfully juxtaposed, materials is where it all started, and over 20 years later, is now firmly her trademark.
Grainne's work has been exhibited internationally and, in 2007, she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize.
Grainne lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband, two children and thousands of tiny little objects.
Throughout two decades of creating and making my handbags, the commitment and passion for my work grows. The concept for making handbags in metal began in 1983 in New York City, where an inner artistic potential was triggered by the variety and use of industrial materials that surrounded me daily in the city. Working intuitively, in an environment of artistic friends, I began to create an original, unique style, resulting in a modern, durable and versatile accessory.
After several years of development and refinement, I began to market and sell my handbags to stores in the design and handmade realms. I also participated in exhibitions sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and The British Arts Council in London. I began to grow a diverse and consistent client base.
A critical turning point in my career was when a fire completely destroyed my studio in 2004. With the expertise I had acquired up to that point in the design and fabrication of my bags, it was clear to me that I had to pick myself up and begin again. Within a year, I rebuilt a more efficient, consolidated studio for my business with the primary focus being the production of refined, metal handbags.
All of my bags are made of stainless steel with leather and metal components and are hand fabricated and assembled in the refurbished production facility outside of Philadelphia. The use of stainless steel as the primary material has been effective in the strength, form and longevity of the product. When paired with the leather elements, the handbags become user friendly and ultra functional. Maintaining quality and precision in the fabrication of each piece is crucial. As the handbag collection evolves, possibilities for creating new models with diverse shapes, sizes and textures seem limitless.
Drop Bag with Roses
For over 15 years, designer Mikal Winn has been creating jewelry inspired by the natural beauty of the desert. Incorporating precious stones, and using his own silver soldering technique, Mikal’s pieces are a unique mix of rugged nature and urban sparkle. Every made to order piece is hand-crafted by Mikal, and is truly a work of art. Mikal Winn’s designs have been featured in galleries and boutiques from Los Angeles to New York, London to Japan. Mikal’s original belt buckle designs gained notoriety in 2000 when they were worn by such celebrities as Halle Berry, Britney Spears, and Lucy Lui. He later expanded his line to include necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cocktail rings, as well as glittering 3-D sculptures. Born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Ohio, Mikal now lives and works in the Mojave Desert of California.
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