Thursday, September 24, 2009

"O Manchester, so much to answer for..."



Wooohooo tomorrow I'm heading back to Madchesta!!!! I'll be catching up with the Mcr Crew, my gurls of the Manchester Jewellers Network and work with Jonathan Keenan on the model shots of my jewellery for my book!!! It's gonna be Aces! I'll try to post some photos while I'm over there but might have to wait till I get back so much fun to be had while I am there.

Peace.

(photo taken from CowLane Studios in Salford, where I had my studio)

Monday, September 21, 2009

bRing bRing bRing! Carrotbox interview on Wearable Art Blog


Fluff Ring
sterling silver



I LOVE RINGS! I love wearing them as well as making them. For years now I have been following a blog called Carrotbox written by Alice Matsumoto who is also very obsessed with rings. She kindly featured my one of my Fluff rings a few years ago which was a great honour because I admire her taste in rings. Alice has an amazing personal collection of rings + has a serious knack for finding superior examples of interesting rings on the web.


Wearable Art Blog another fantastic blog that I follow recently conducted an interview with Alice of Carrotbox that I highly recommend you read if you love rings!

photo by Jonathan Keenan Photography, UK

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Collecting Rusty Objects in The Rain Bliss - Brimfield Antique + Flea Market

 
  
The Brimfield Antique and Flea Market is the largest in New England. I've visited this show a few times over the years since my friend's family sells antiques in the J + J Field. Now that I live here in New England I go to all 3 shows they hold every summer. Seriously from antique buttons, fabrics, knick-knacks, fiestaware to lawn ornaments made from old sheet metal to andirons + armoires this show in Brimfield  has something for every type of collector imaginable...including peeps like me who LOVE rusty objects.
Last year I found One Stop Antiques, Inc. from Marietta, Ohio. They have a HUGE booth practically a pavilion, full of metal, glass + wood drawer pulls, old keys + escutcheons, decorative light fittings, crystals from chandeliers + soooo many other lovely lil' hunnies to create with. Since starting my exploration of using cold connections to join found objects + recycled materials in my jewelry this show and in-particular One Stop Antiques has been my Mecca for sourcing materials. 
Yesterday it rained like hell but we were out there in our ponchos (my lil' boy snug in his sling on me) gazing around at all the lovely objects people painstakingly collect than bring out to sell to more collectors. It's a great recycling program. The rain came and went + coincidentally the down pour arrived just as I stepped under One Stop's tent. So I just HAD to take shelter there combing through their treasures till the rain slowed down. :) Bliss indeed.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Red This Ever Gear Wedding Rings

 
These wedding bands + engagement ring were created for my very, very wonderful friend Roy Retrofit and his wife-to-be Ada Ruiz. They are members of the Baltimore synth-pop band Red This Ever. When they told me they were getting married and presented the concept of creating an engagement ring based on a hose clamp and wedding bands based on gears I just did a snoopy dance around the room! 
To start the process I sketched out the rings by hand + then had my old friend + mentor, Philadelphia jeweler Krikor Yeremian create computer aided drawings (CAD) of them. The CAD drawings can be seen on my website here. After Krikor created the drawings we then e-mailed them to Roy + Ada for approval. Once the designs were approved they were sent out to be cast + then were finished. 
All 3 rings are 14K white gold + the engagement ring has the diamond from Roy's mother's engagement ring tube set by Garo Yeremian (who I trust with ALL my stone setting!) on the side. I can't tell you enough how thrilled I am with these rings, they really came out brilliant. If you or anyone you know is interested in having me make their one-of-a-kind rings you can email me at heather@heatherskowoodjewelry.com
 
Congratulations Roy + Ada much love + happiness to you both! See you on The Big Day in Baltimore!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Teaser for my Recycled Materials in Jewelry Book - Location Shots

 
  
In addition to including photographs of the jewelry being worn on a model for my book, I have created digi-sketches of all the materials used to make the jewelry. The materials have been photographed out + about where they were 'found'. I thought taking them outside would make it a bit more interesting than studio shots. Give a shout, much feedback is needed for YOU!