Gearing up! Laudholm Craft Show and more!

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be at the 30th Annual Laudholm Crafts Show this weekend (clink on link to get more info)!! September 9th and 10th, in Wells Maine. I would love to reconnect with you and show you some things I have been working on and it is a great time to get a jump start on gift shopping (or wink, wink, maybe just a gift for yourself after all it is back to school time!)

It is true, my website has been neglected. First for a loss in the family and to take some time, then for the joy of summer and family and MAINE!!!

But worry not! If you cannot make the show I PROMISE to have an updated NEW webshop up by OCTOBER 1st! So please check back.

Crater ring in 18k gold designed and built by j.e. paterak©2017
Crater ring in 18k gold designed and built by j.e. paterak©2017

In other news, I will be building a better part of my website to feature both old and new wedding and commitment rings! So please come back for that in November…

Thank you for your continued interest in my work and it grows and flourishes like the best of gardens!

 

 

 

Photographing my jewelry being worn on “real people”

I was so excited when the idea came to me to photograph my work on my friends. Those that I see regularly, those that I sometimes run into wearing something I made a long time ago, or friends I mainly “see” on social media. I realized that if it makes me happy to see my work actually being worn, then maybe that is just what I need to show my work off to the world.

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Betsy S. wearing her own “pod” earrings in silver, and my hot off the bench “seed” pendant. Betsy was a big part of the inspiration to photograph my work on friends.

Navel-gazing comes naturally to someone who has in excess of 6 years of art school. Add to that dozens of workshops (which I have to thank for my true knowledge base as a jeweler), and it is hard to “let go”.  Whether I am thinking about the world, thinking about my work, what inspires me, to “what it all means”, it is an indulgence and a gift I am grateful for, and it ultimately informs my work.

At long last, it occurred to me that if I am going to attempt to make my living from my work again, presenting the work on the body has been a a critical missing piece, until now. Seeing my work in a case or a box, is far from seeing it on the body.

So I bought a new camera (“Squee” a sound of joy at a new small Lumix equipped with just enough features for me to customize shots with its precise Leica lens). I started to invite whomever would indulge my amateur skills as a photographer, spending a little time catching up, being silly in the gorgeous light of my studio.

Tracie R. with earrings and "pod" pendant with pearl
Tracie R. with earrings and “pod” pendant with pearl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jolene M. with “science-y” pendant in sterling and sterling hoop earrings
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Derek J. wearing “bubbles” fabricated pendant in sterling and 18k

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real people. It is so special to me that my friends all seem to have their own unique style and come from many walks of life. It was important to me that I didn’t use cookie cutter model types but a cross section of hair color, skin color and age. Beauty is all around us and in us (see my next post about Iris).

Mikki L. wearing bubble earrings
Mikki L. wearing bubble earrings

Creating beauty, creating change

Holiday gift giving? We know the joy receiving jewelry can bring so we certainly hope bloomstudio jewelry might be something you are considering. Gift giving is a very personal decision and selecting something can be challenging, we are here to help if you feel like you could use some assistance, give us a call. We are available for last minute shoppers too.

Thank you to all who came out for my shows at MECA and at Breakwater, your support means a lot to me! Thank you and happy holidays!

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BloomStudio Jewelry will have a POP UP SHOP at Speedwell Projects Gallery on Munjoy Hill

Tuesday December 20- 2-7 PM

Speedwell Gallery is at 1 North Street just across from the fire station, come see me, a couple other artisans and the work of Juliet Karelson now on view.

 

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Featuring newly designed “Geo” bracelet in oxidized sterling silver.

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Iris, living fully in every sense of the word

I just watched the documentary film, Iris on Netflix. It was so wonderful, I just have to share my enthusiasm, and wonder how I missed the exhibition a few years ago while it was at the Peabody Essex Museum. “Meeting” Iris via this film’s presentation was eye opening. I cannot remember the last time I laid down my hard earned cash to buy a fashion magazine. Yet I find that  I have recently become more aware of a few hidden gems in the fashion world; like Alexander McQueen and a hat maker he worked closely with, Philip Treacy. The existence of these makers seems more interesting to me than the art jewelry world I used to aspire to belong to.

After all, this style maven, Iris,  has been around since well, practically a century!

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Iris, looking much more restrained that her trademark self, but gorgeous just the same.

I loved the film and Iris for several reasons. First and foremost, this woman is not afraid to look different. How many people can you say that about? Secondly, I love her because she loves accessories, much like myself only with no restraint, which I cannot say about myself. But most importantly I love that Iris was a late bloomer. She really came to be everything she is now famous for in her 90s! She and her husband seemed to have had an endearing relationship and she thrived with his support.

The other reason why I wanted to share this film with others, is her comments in the dialog about her choosing to look her age and not being afraid of the aging process.

I recently had several conversations with my friends as I photographed them wearing my work for this website, and so many of us are apologetic about our very human selves. Our hands, our ears, our skin’s wrinkles, our skins colors and age markings, none of it seems “right” or “photogenic”. But if we can all just remember that we are all human before we are any kind of reproduced version of our selves, aren’t we all sort of miraculous and unique? Let’s just run with that idea.

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