My Five seconds of Fame…

Good morning, friends!

Last Fall, I was given the opportunity via The Artisan Group to send a piece of Jewelry to Leigh Leverett, the wardrobe stylist for CW’s The Vampire Diaries, for consideration to be worn on the show.  This was new territory for me.  I had watched the show before but was not overly familiar with the characters and their current style, so I had to watch a few episodes to get a feel for the type of jewelry they wore.  Of course this resulted in a new addiction to the show!

I decided on a very simple, yet edgy, pair of sterling silver hoop earrings that resemble blades.  I decided to keep them plain and shiny so that they would show up on screen were they chosen to be used.

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Let me tell you, it KILLED me not hammer or oxidize these earrings!  It wasn’t long after the bag of artisan jewelry and accessories was delivered to the set that I got an e-mail from Leigh Leverett herself letting me know that they were going to be using my earrings in an upcoming episode.

After months of feverishly watching the show and paying extra attention to  ears (and Ian Somerhalder), I received another e-mail letting me know that my earrings would be worn by Claire Holt’s character, Rebekah in episode 4.17, “Because of the Night.” (photo by: Jasmine Vylot)

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Rebekah is probably my favorite character.  I love her accent!  She is the bad girl vampire who everyone loves to hate, but lately she’s shown a tender side as she’s determined to find the cure so that she can be human again and someday have a family.  The episode aired Thursday, March 21.  Rebekah’s hair was down during the episode, but I was able to get plenty of glimpses of my earrings.

So here it is, drumroll…………

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My five seconds of fame!  It may not seem like much to some, but as a designer this is what you wait for your entire career – to be watching TV and see your work, knowing that millions are watching.

And this is only the beginning for me.  In December I had another amazing opportunity through The Artisan Group to send a piece to Audrey Fisher, the costume designer for HBO’s hit series True Blood.  Earlier this year I was notified that my piece had been selected by Audrey Fisher to be used on Season 6, which will premier in June, 2013.  Stay tuned….

My Journey to The Oscars

Hello, friends!  Last fall, I committed to doing a display piece, along with 100 smaller pieces that would go into the celebrity SWAG bags and an additional 10 for members of the press, for GBK’s Luxury Gift Lounge honoring the 2013 Oscars.  This opportunity was presented to me through The Artisan Group, a collective of artisans that has become an amazing source of support and encouragement to me as an artist.

My first goal along this journey was to decide what was going to go into those SWAG bags.  I wanted it to be something that reflected my work well and that I could finish by the February 1 deadline.  I decided to make 110 pairs of my Morrocan Lace Chandelier Earrings.  This design is fabricated using my own technique that I had published in Wire Art Magazine in Summer 2011, so I felt that it represented me well.  These earring are made by hand forging hoops out of copper and bronze and adding my signature lace technique along the bottom edge.  They are then adorned with a variety of Czech glass beads in rich, earthy colors.

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My next goal of course, was to actually begin the process of making 110 pairs of earrings!

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This process took me several months, but I learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of along the way.  A year ago I would not have had the confidence to even attempt a task such as this.  In the end I had 110 pairs of earring on folding earring cards that I made myself, lovingly packaged in chocolate brown organza bags.

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Take a look at the SWAG the celebrities received!

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Among the celebrities who passed through the gift lounge were Ashley Williams of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, Camilla Luddington of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Dilshad Vadsaria of ABC’s Revenge, director/producer Penny Marshall, and many more notable talents.

My display piece for the gift lounge was a collection of unisex mixed metal cuffs and a copper money clip.  Among the male talent that visited The Artisan Group’s display were Wayne Knight of TV Land’s The Exes, aka Newman from the ever loved 1990’s sitcom Seinfeld.  He was impressed with my Copper Studded Money Clip.  I just love this guy!

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Dennis Christopher from Django Unchained, one of the movies nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year, stopped by and tried on my Unisex Studded Copper Cuff.  I think it went beautifully with his brown sweater!

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Among the press that stopped by was Robin Bronk, the CEO of The Creative Coalition.  She fell in love with The Artisan Group’s display and asked to wear some of our pieces in celebrity interviews she was doing during the gift lounge.  Among the pieces she wore was my Copper Chevron Cuff.

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I ended up gifting this cuff to Robin in the end.  The Creative Coalition does such amazing charity work!

In the end this was quite an experience.  I got my name out to some important names in the entertainment industry, but more importantly I gained a confidence in myself and my work that I did not possess before.  I look forward to future events with The Artisan Group as I grow my business and myself as an artist.

Have a wonderful day!

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