Jill Popowich Designs: Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved jewelry and was intrigued with designing and making it. I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where I received a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. Since 1994 I’ve been working as an Environmental Graphic Designer having the opportunity to travel the world working on large scale retail environments designing signage, sculptures and architectural details. It is this large scale 3-D work that re-sparked my interest in jewelry design and the opportunity to build something that can be interacted with on a personal scale.
All of the jewelry in my shop is handcrafted by me. Since each piece is hand made they will all vary taking on a personality of their own making each one unique and special. Please wear and enjoy each of my creations for its individual personality, shape, texture, material and craftsmanship.
You may be familiar with the annual South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) that happens every year around this time in Austin, Texas. Originally meant to be a showcase for music, SXSW has now become a first stop for the newest technologies on the block–Twitter was introduced there in 2007. As a nod to the festival I thought I’d showcase some lo-fi indie talent from the world of handmade. Technology is cool and all, but mostly because it gives me more access to unique handmade stuff that I can’t get anywhere else.
Necklace: Amy Holton combines turquoise, tiger’s eye, and mother of pearl in this lovely necklace. Amy left the corporate world to start her business creating wearable pieces of art.
Dresses: Ivana Krejci designs her peasant-inspired garments using repurposed, reclaimed, and new notions. I could see myself spinning around in the Alps signing the hills are alive wearing one of these dresses, what about you?
Hand Stamped Fabric: Malka Dubrawskyis the author of the book Color your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric. She also sells her hand stamped fabric in her online store, which is excellent in case you’re like me and not as talented as Ms. Dubrawsky. But if you want to give it a try, she also sells autographed copies of her book.
Flowers in Your Hair: When I read about Tiffany in her shop profile, I immediately thought about the movie Giant, and the role Elizabeth Taylor played–Leslie. Like the movie, Tiffany says that she always felt a little out of place living in Texas and loving the fancy frills that define the roaring twenties. But I think these blossoms are bold enough to make a big splash, even in the great big place like Texas.
Hello dear friends, my name is Olinda Lorena Mayor and I decided to call from my clothing brand Crystal.
Every single design comes from my different states of mind and my love for art.
I try that each design fits well to the female body, no matter which type of silhouette the woman who wears them has , reflecting in this way the female instinct and sweetness.
I make clothes for women because I’m proud of being and anyway, is there a more beautiful thing to make? The choice of materials, the silkscreen prints, the hand painted details and the mouldery are designed by me.
I try to transcend fashion by making each design a piece of art with a personal style.
The woman that inspires CRYSTAL is delicate, lovable and fresh and each garment spreads good vibes to all women in the world.
My little brother always had the best Halloween costumes–batman, power ranger, and any other action figure and sports hero that you can imagine. While I was dressed up as a crayon, he got to karate kick, morph, score the winning point and fight the bad guys. Being a crayon was always my favorite Halloween costume, but sometimes I longed for little more, well, action and adventure. Besides, crayons tend to get beat up by super heroes, even if the super heroes are younger.
This personalized initial superhero cape by Pink Pumpkin would be so precious on a little boy and is the perfect way to make him feel like he is on top of the world. The cotton cape can be made in your little boy’s favorite color, and is easy to take on and off. I think it looks so cute as pictured with a matching baseball cap.
I love the bright colors of this dinosaur cape by Pip and Bean. Who ever said dinosaurs need to be green anyway? Made from recycled polyester material, the cape can be made in any color and measures 29 inches long, allowing your child to grow into the costume and use it over and over. The cape includes a velcro closure, making it easy to take on and off.
How precious is this little Charlie Brown outfit by Royal Kane? The cotton jersey knit t-shirt is screen printed to look exactly like the cartoon character. Paired with black pants and a Snoopy dog stuffed animal, this Halloween costume can’t get much easier or much cuter.
This year, I was planning on dressing up as Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the scene where she sings on the window sill), but I might have to go as something more heroic…a ninja turtle perhaps?
**The bat image featured at the top of this post was Golly Bard.
Every so often when looking for new artists to feature on this blog, I use Etsy’s pounce feature. This time when it brought up the brand-spankin’ new shop of Tiffany Chou I was immediately drawn in by the amazing photos of her jewelry. The stunning settings just suck you into the sea swept life and you find yourself pining for a lovely gold coral to wear around your neck.
Like most of the artists I’ve featured, Tiffany’s been making things by hand since a young age, 14 to be exact, and has always dreamed of sharing her creations with the world. She got a lot of good feedback on her most recent jewelry collection, so she’s been focusing on getting her online shop up and running, though she has sold a bit on her personal website as well.
The “Here sharky sharky” is my favorite piece, its very delicate and reminds me of the ocean.
As you can clearly see, Tiffany is inspired by the ocean and all it produces. She sells some of her line in a shop in Hawaii as well – a perfect souvenir from paradise, I’d think.
Each piece is inspired by a shell from Tiffany’s large shell collection. She chooses shells she believes will translate well into metal and then casts and plates each piece.
Tiffany’s love of the sea should be no surprise as she grew up in Maui, Hawaii. She went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and then moved to New York City to pursue her interest in fashion. You can find out more about Tiffany and see some more of her work on her website. If the jewelry wasn’t beautiful enough, it’s even more lovely when you know that 5% of the profits go to Coral Reef Alliance and 5% to Dancing Palette.