As we are transitioning into fall I can feel myself still trying to hold onto summer for just a little bit longer. Summer is undoubtedly my favorite season. This summer my mom flew out to Oregon to do a road trip with me down the California coast while I vended at a few craft shows. It was so beautiful and such a great way to spend time with my mom. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pictures. If you follow me on instagram you may have seen a few of my favorites already.
I'm going to hold onto these summer vibes for as long as I can.
I'm so excited to be welcome Twilight Gallery & Boutique as one of my stockists. Twilight is a small gallery owned and operated by Tracy Cilona in Seattle, Washington. They have a space were they display fine art and also sell jewelry, accessories, and gifts.
Currently on display they have a series of photographs called PROJECT GIRL CRUSH: the AWE and the ART by Genevieve Pierson and Jen Utley. The images are really chilling and beautiful.
In an attempt to be a more conscious consumer, I have been on the hunt for independent clothing lines that are handmade, specifically in the United States, and that exhibit good design. And let me tell you, it hasn't been easy to find many designers that fit my criteria. So I was really excited when I discovered Hackwith Design House.
I love the simple silhouettes that Hackwith uses to compliment any body type. All of the pieces are easy to wear, versatile and timeless. All of their clothes are designed and made in Minneapolis. Hackwith comes out with a new design every Monday and they create less than 25 pieces of each design.
All of Hackwith's pieces are so dreamy and beautiful. I'm especially loving the breezy linen tunics for summer.
Just in case you needed one more reason to support small independent craftspeople and artist instead of big corporate businesses here are two amazing entrepreneurs that I look up to that are being knocked off by the companies that we buy from.
1. Son of a Sailor is an Austin, Texas based couple making jewelry and dry goods, such as keychains, pocketknives and shave kits. Their goods are easily recognizable by their signature aesthetic of natural materials such as wood or leather with painted geometric shapes. Recently they noticed that American Eagle was making a bracelet very similar to their design. After persistent confrontation with American Eagle, American Eagle has stopped producing the knock off bracelet.
Son of a Sailor's version can be purchased here
This is American Eagle's version.
2. Leah Goren , is an illustrator and surface pattern designer that lives and works in Bushwick, NY. She is most known for her black cat print, which she makes into dresses, T-shirts and tote bags. She first made the design as a sophomore at Parsons in 2010. Once she put the design online it caught attention of several bloggers and became internet famous.
Leah's cat dress can be purchased through her Etsy shop
Once her iconic cat design spread through the internet, many blogs knocked it off through DIY tutorials and eventually large business, such as H&M and Joyfolie started knocking it off too.
Knockoffs by Becksondergaard (top) and Joyfolie (bottom)
Both of these brands are carried at Anthropologie
Instead of supporting these large companies that compromise integrity in order to make a quick buck chose small independent designers that are true to originality, design and quality. As Leah put it perfectly herself, "I'm mostly bothered that I may have contributed to the manufacturing of thousands and thousands of cheap polyester items."
I've finally gotten the chance to start playing around with some new designs and mediums again. I got this enameling kiln around Christmas time and have hardly had a chance to use it so I'm so excited to start putting it to good use.
So far I've been playing around with this half moon crescent shape, white enamel and 22K gold luster. Ohhh la la I can't get enough of the gold luster.
Hopefully soon I'll get some finished photos of them and have them added to the online shop. So stay tuned for some fun updates!
A big huge thank you to my mother for always supporting me and being my number one fan. She is the smartest and most compassionate woman I know. She is constantly inspiring me to be a better person. If I grow up to be half as good of a woman as her I will consider my life a success. I love you, mom.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you beautiful mothers out there.
AH! I have been so super busy lately I have completely neglected this little blog of mine. I have so much to update you about! I am so excited to announce my summer craft fair dates. If you are in any of these cities be sure to come check out these amazing and inspiring craft fairs. I'm so excited to be vending next to so many talented artists.
Marisa Messick Jewelry has been getting a lot of blog love lately! I compiled a list of the blogs so you can read the interviews and check out the lovely outfit posts, incase you have missed them. Some of them are pretty fun, you get to find out my biggest guilty pleasure and cocktail of choice. Show these other bloggers some love by following along, they are a true inspiration.
I AM THE LAB is an awesome blog that features great design and craft objects and artists. You can read the interview I did with them here .
You can see Rebecca's red and blush tone inspired outfit post featuring my earrings on her amazing fashion blog, The Clothes Horse.
I don't know about you but I am over winter, I'm starting to get tired of layering and bundling up. I'm ready for airy, loose and colorful clothing. I can't wait for some warmer weather and to see some little flower buds start popping up. Until then I'll just wish.
One // a fun patterned dress by Leah Goren
Two // a simple leather tote by Stitch and Tickle
Three // silk scarf by Black Crane
Four // leather ankle boots
Five // Porcelain chain necklace by Porcelain and Stone
Hey! You can now find my jewelry in person at Tender Loving Empire in Portland, Oregon. If you are ever in the area make sure to check out their lovely store. They are also a music label and have a screen printing studio in the back of the store.
This little army of jewels will be on their shelves!