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It is no secret that the British love a good cuppa tea, but UK designer Abigail MaryRose Clark of MaryRoseClark has taken it to a whole new level ~ you could say she is creating a storm in a teacup. Fascinated by the variety of intricate patterns that adorn all bone china teacups, she is now transforming old and damaged bone china into beautiful pieces of jewellery that beguile their original form.
Graduating in 2006 in 3D Art and Design and Metalwork, Abigail is a strong believer in repurposing and upcycling beautiful objects that
have outlived their original use or purpose. Transforming chinaware into delicate bangles certainly hits the mark. Whether your a traditionalist or modernist, there’s a style for you. I love the nostalgic floral designs with gold rims that remind me of the days I sipped cups of tea in my grandmothers kitchen. These classic designs contrast with the more uniform patterned contemporary designed teacup, which forms the perfect cuff.
What do you think of these reclaimed bone china bangles. Are they your cup of tea?
Joe Chester has travelled all over the world, performed all sorts of jobs including burger flipping and bar tending (more listed below!), and studied various courses, but throughout he has always held a special flame for creating things. Now based in Melbourne, Joe has launched Treehorn Design, where he is crafting beautiful jewellery and homewares from timber. In fact they are so beautiful, we are very excited to announce we have just started stocking the range at State of Green! I hope you are as enamoured as we are with Treehorn Designs – Read on to learn more about Joe in our interview below, and to view just some of his exquisite designs.
When I cracked open the delivery box yesterday, the first thing that struck me was the wonderful timber aroma that wafted out, and was quickly followed by “oohs and aahhs” as the striking colours caught my eye! The necklaces and bangles will funk up any black Melbourne outfit, not to mention the chunky beaded necklaces, and delicate pendant necklaces! Not stopping at jewellery design, Joe has also designed a colourful Kitchen board range (see images further down) that are more like long paddles ~ perfect for cheeseboards or a smart ploughman’s lunch! Though I’m not sure I could bear diving a sharp knife into the surface they are so beautiful!
1. You clearly know your way around a piece of timber – What are your skills and background? I’ve studied around all over the place, building/construction, metal work, drafting, restaurant management, the list goes on and on but in all of these I’ve found myself with a piece of timber in my hand talking to someone about its uses, its importance, and why it needs to be put on a pedal stool (or used to make a pedal stool).
2. You use reclaimed, recycled and sustainable timbers in all your pieces – Why is this important to you? Er, good question. I guess you could think of it like aged wine. Timber settles as it ages and its just so… Delicious when its good.
It is also for the environmental aspect. I use timber that has been discarded for one reason or another. I often get my timber from a salvage yard that sells to people who might be doing a floor or feature beams in their build. I take what’s left over from that process of recycling and rescue timber from the wood heap.
3. What has inspired the designs in your range? Materials and functionality to put it simply. otherwise its a long answer of how the concept gestates and evolves in my brain until I get to be standing in front of a saw.
4. What can we expect to see from Treehorn Designs in the future? Lots and lots. I’ve got designs in the pipes to keep me busy for years to come. expect more jewelery, furniture, lighting and homewares.
5. Share with us your easy eco living tip: Keep your eyes open! driving through a suburb on hard rubbish day? its the ultimate form of recycling and your right as an Australian to take whatever you like from the nature strip!
To view the range, pop by our online eco design store! Keep an eye during the week as we upload more designs. Enjoy.
Today you are all in for a treat! The lovely girls at Polli (Tess Lloyd + Maja Rose) have got in touch, and want to celebrate the release of their brand new sustainable timber ring range, by offering up THREE of their rings~and YOU get to choose which one you want! Feeling spoilt? Absolutely!
Made from sustainable plantation pine, and screen printed in bright shots of colour, Polli have chosen the most popular designs from their timber range, and made them into rings to dress up your fingers.
On a side note, Tess and Maja’s partnership and work life balance is quite extraordinary. Over the past 12 months not only have they continued to release a stunning range of sustainable jewellery designs, but they are both juggling young families, AND Maja moved to Pittsburgh, USA. Mighty impressive in my book.
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To be in the running to win one of three rings, simply let us know in the comments field below which is your favourite design from Polli’s new range (see the range HERE) – The winners will be drawn at random next Wednesday 4 July 2012 after 7pm. Goodluck!
We love discovering local creatives who design unique objects from sustainable mediums. Today, we want to share with you the stunning timber bangles by Melbourne based TreeHorn Design.
Joe Chester was born in Tasmania, and this is where his love for timber and design was nurtured – I have said it before on this blog, but there MUST be something in the crystal clear arctic water down there, as there are SO many fantastic designers coming out of Tasmania who know their way with wood!
Now based in Melbourne, Joe uses found objects and reclaimed timber to make beautiful design objects. We love these sustainably grown oregon bangles with a shot of colour. With over 15 colour variations available each bearing a special name, there’s bound to be a combination that suits your taste – The yellow ETTIE is my favourite. Which is yours?
Bangles $44 – $55
Argentinian designer Erica Corte has a particular knack for transforming everyday hardware into modern pieces of statement jewellery. Hardy nuts, bolts, washers and screws are just some of her materials of choice, which she combines with delicate woven rope, cord and acrylics to create striking industrial jewellery designs far removed from their original purpose. Her latest collection made in her New York studio were inspired by boats and the sea.
Erica Corte for State of Green;
You live and work in New York. Can you tell me a little about your background and what inspired you to become a jeweller? My work is based on contemporary jewellery design. Design and creativity runs in the family. I grew up watching my father do his job creating talabarteria (accessories for dressing horses) and constantly creating thousands of things. My grandmother knitted and sold her fabrics; I also learned a lot from her. Today my sisters, my two brothers and I try to convey the same combined creativity and originality to what we do.
Your father has an interesting job. Did you grow up around horses? My father passed away when I was 17 years old, part of all this, it’s my inspiration from him. He was a real artist ! Yes, I grew up with horses and his passion for them. When I was a child, we moved to countryside because of him. His last job before he passed away won the best design in an Argentinian exhibition related with agriculture.
I have strong and fond memories about him doing his work, doing everything from the beginning, using his hands to create the pieces. The texture and smell of the materials, watching him doing his job and his passion for horses are my inspirations today.
And what did you learn from your grandmother? My grandmother, I spend a lot of time with her as well seeing her doing her job, using her hands, knitting and having her clientele at her home. She taught me how to knit. Until today, over the phone, she’s very excited to know when I am knitting something. She still talking to me about yarns and knitting points.
Describe the environment in which you were raised. I come from a small town in Buenos Aires, with old houses and a lot of green, very quiet and very small, where once a year they do a parade of horses to show their clothing accessories and threaded carriage.
Tell me about your latest collection? In this series I was inspired by the boats and the sea, using ropes, acrylics and construction hardware parts to assemble one jewellery piece.
You say this collection was inspired by boats. Have you spent any time around boats and the sea? Why do you think it resonates with you
and inspired your recent collection?
and inspired your recent collection?Here in New York, I live close to the river. I have the view of the water and boats every day. I love the contrast of the view, the water and the boats with the density of the city. I feel this collection resonates with me, like I always try to express the simplicity and the strength of the materials. I love simple, genuine and strong elements for my pieces.
The concept for my collection is to blend art and design into one. It’s about experimenting and allowing common utility pieces to become something completely new. I believe that each piece I create is made for somebody. And I try to keep this in the forefront of my consciousness when I work. When one of my pieces makes it into the right hands, it embodies something uniquely personal and meaningful for her. And this is what art should be.
It’s a rare occasion that a design brand keeps coming up with one appealing range after another. Usually there is a little bump in the road along the way, but this is not the case with Sydney based Tess Lloyd and Maja Rose of Polli . Their latest jewellery collection moves away from their signature fine etched recycled stainless steel and brass range. In their place are pretty Peter Pan collars and Patchwork inspired designs delicately hand printed on sustainable plantation hoop pine.
Fundamental to Polli’s design philosophy is sustainable design, and they fuse this perfectly with unique jewellery pieces that you will not see elsewhere. The hexagonal shaped beads feature a colourful patchwork pattern on one side, and can be flipped over to reveal solid grey on the reverse – Flip all, or just one or two to transform the look!
We think the elegant Peter Pan collars will provide a fun and interesting addition to the little black party dress over Xmas too. Mmmm – think I’ll be adding a piece from this range onto my Santa list this year!
Polli’s recycled stainless steel jewellery range has long been a favourite of ours. Their delicate etched designs are always quirky and fun, and they keep coming up with amazing new designs. Their latest travel inspired collection is no exception, and takes you on an imaginary fantasy trip around the world.
Grab a vintage hat case and soar in whimsical hot air balloons. Spy woodland birds, berries and bears. Admire crafty patchwork collars, woven Japanese patterns and Mexican inspired embroidery as you circumnavigate around the world. To help you get on your way, Polli is providing one lucky reader the chance to win a piece from their new collection. Read on to find out how!
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Polli* is kindly giving away a Balloons Pendant (Value: $69.95) from their new collection, featuring two finely etched Stainless Steel hot air balloons strung from a 26’ sterling silver ball chain. To enter, just leave a comment telling us which is your favourite piece in Polli’s new collection. The winner will be drawn on Sunday 28th August 2011 after 7pm. Goodluck!
(*Polli does not provide any transport with jewellery, just a kick start for your imagination and sustainably made accessories for the trip.)
For quite a long time, the beautiful etched designs of Polli jewellery have caught my eye and I have previously swooned about them here. Their latest range though, is particularly special. To celebrate renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall’s 50 years of work in Africa and her current Australian tour, Polli have partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to create an exclusive range of recycled stainless steel jewellery. To top it off, Polli will also donate 15% of all proceeds to the Jane Goodall foundation.
Each piece of jewellery in the range features scenes from the treetops of African forests, complete with chimpanzees swinging in the trees (take a close look!). You can even hang your delicate treasures on the Jungle Jewellery Stand made from salvaged ply with a special message from Jane Goodall which reads: “Help make a positive difference in this world“.
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Polli are kindly providing one very lucky reader the JGI/Polli Jungle stand valued at $89.95.
To enter the draw, please LIKE the Polli Facebook page AND leave a comment below on how YOU help to make a positive difference in the world. The winner will be drawn at random after 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011. The winner will be notified by email.
To view the JGI/Polli range, visit the Polli online store.