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Leather bracelets by CoRneY.
Felt necklace by Danielle Gori-Montanelli: There are no lofty philosophical or theoretical concepts behind my work. I just throw myself into the rich warm textures and colors of the felt and watch the pieces evolve almost by themselves.
After years of working as a metalsmith, Danielle Gori-Montanelli felt as if her craving for color and texture was satisfied when she discovered felt. This vibrant medium enabled her to better explore her colorful, fanciful style in a larger scale. It also freed her from the confines of her workbench, allowing her to work with just a few simple tools, to follow where inspiration led, whether in her studio or in a flowery field in the countryside.
I’m so excited to introduce the latest Try Handmade columnist: Liz Grotyohann.
Please welcome her to Try Handmade, and let her know what concerns you have about leading a greener life. Are there issues you hope she addresses? Speak up in the comments.
We’ve all heard how bad plastic bags are for the environment. As many as 500 billion to one trillion bags are used worldwide each year. Some cities have outlawed them. Many people have switched to carrying their own bags to the store—an easy way to do something good for the environment. Every major chain now has stands of “eco-friendly” totes available—cheap!—so that you can do your part.
But, while carrying your own bag is definitely better than using new plastic, those bags at the store aren’t as “eco-friendly” as they claim to be. Many of those bags are made from virgin materials. Studies have been done that say that those reusable bags need to be used 100-300 times before they make up for the impact of their own production. So, why carry a bag emblazoned with a store logo—do you really want to advertise for them?—when you can buy a responsibly-produced, stylish, low-impact handmade bag from an independent artist? There are so many options out there made from organic cotton, sustainable fibers like bamboo or hemp, or vintage or recycled fabric.
And remember the plastic bags that you use at the store aren’t just the ones at the checkout counter. There are more and more options available now for lightweight, durable handmade bags to carry your produce and dry bulk goods.
Kootsac offers inexpensive, lightweight produce bags in a number of sizes and fun colors. Little Green Pea has cotton bulk food bags, and adorable reusable sandwich bags. And wonderthunder sells these adorable screenprinted vegetable bags that are so much more fun (and green!) than plastic.
Textile Style: Celebrate spring in the boldest, most dramatic way–with a blue butterfly on your wrist! This cuff features a large pool blue linen butterfly decorated with a vintage luster glazed button and backed with a blue and silver print. The butterfly is mounted on a gorgeous platinum silk band that’s hand-embroidered with vines and tiny blue buds. The cuff is lined with plum linen and closes with a shimmery shell button.
The story: We are two sisters, 10 years apart, who love making wearable works of art. While living in Melbourne, Australia, Jessica took a mouldmaking and casting course and around the same time developed a serious feather-collecting habit. Upon returning to Canada, she taught Gwynne everything she knew. With Gwynne’s superior eye for design Rosella Resin was born. The company is named after the beautiful Australian parrot.
The concept: Nature is the world’s greatest designer. Rosella jewelry showcases the most beautiful designs found in nature, including feathers, shells, and plants.
Rosella Resin is proudly made using Entropy Resin’s eco performance resin, certified by the USDA as a biobased product. Unlike most petroleum-based resins, this eco resin incorporates bio-derived materials such as pine oils derived from waste-streams of other manufacturing products.
The transparent resin transforms delicate and ephemeral natural artifacts into beautifully preserved, wearable, durable jewelry. Resin also has a magnifying property, highlighting every wispy strand of a feather, every grain of wheat or spiral in a shell.
We also love using metallic silver, gold and copper leaf flakes with a wide variety of colours. Within faceted shapes of the rings and bangles, the resin mimics earthen minerals and gemstones such as tiger eye, turquoise, lapis lazuli, graphite, marble.
Each piece is unique. When you wear our jewelry you can be assured you are wearing a one-of-a-kind item that no one else has.