Garden of Silver Video Lookbook
Please enjoy our first Video Lookbook of our garden inspired jewelry. Thank you to Ray Swift of Swift Visions Cinema ( @swiftvisions on Instagram ) for making it happen. Ray was one of my former students ( I've had him in my art classes since he has been in kindergarden! ) who has amazing talent and after seeing his new work I had to hire him to create this beautiful video for me. Also, thank you to these beautiful models Isabel and Julia for showing off my jewelry so gorgeously.
I just may use this video for my Superbowl commercial this winter!
A Garden Full of Peonies
My garden is full of blooming Peony flowers today! I have used the Peony as inspiration for many of my fine art pieces in both colored pencil and silverpoint drawings.
This is an ongoing series that I have been working on using Silverpoint. They are close up views of Peony flowers that grow every year in my garden. I spend hours photographing the flowers with my digital camera, cropping the images in Photoshop and then I print them out to use as reference photos. I like to photograph in bright sunlight in order to get high contrast images-bright whites and dark shadows.
What is silverpoint? Silverpoint is the art medium that the art masters, such as Rembrandt and Durer and Da Vinci used to draw with. This technique/medium pre-dates the invention of the pencil. I discovered this medium while taking a Botanical Illustration class at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The instructor, Laura Vogele, brought in an amazing drawing of a Locust bug that she created in silverpoint and I was mesmerized. Immediately I went and bought the supplies and got to work.
The way it works is that a piece of sterling silver wire (a perfect art medium for a jewelry designer to use!) is placed into a mechanical pencil holder and drawn on a special clay coated paper. The silver will not work on any other paper. Traditionally, the surface for drawing was rabbit skin glue, but I have issues with that, so it’s clay coated paper for me. Silverpoint can not be erased, any mark that goes down, stays down so careful planning is required before beginning.
Silverpoint drawing has a limited range of values that can be achieved so a careful rendering of the image is required or everything will be gray. I make sure to save the white areas so my value scale will be more dramatic. Another interesting element about it is that the silver in the drawing will slowly tarnish over time creating a warm patina, which I love. You can see in the above images how the silver turns into a warm grey.
On my drawing table today is a half finished silverpoint drawing of a bunch of asparagus. Planning on spending the weekend drawing. I will post the finished 'masterpiece' next week.
New Spring Jewelry Display
I wanted to convey garden elements and still have the jewelry show well on a bright white background. I sketched butterflies, dragonflys, lotus flowers, lilypads, and daisies in pencil then carefully cut into sections of them with a knife. I make a large colorful watercolor painting that I placed behind the white paper then popped sections of my drawing out to hang the jewelry from. Fun! I think that I will use this display technique for my next trade show display.
Take a peek of the video on our Garden of Silver Instagram page. Thanks, let me know what you think!
The Pendant Project
Garden of Silver is launching the Pendant Project and you are invited to
join us and add some beautiful color to your life!
Garden of Silver designer, Eileen Baumeister McIntyre, constantly designs and creates new handmade, one of a kind, fused art glass pendants that are wrapped in sterling silver.
Normally we sell these pendants in large quantities to museum shops,
galleries and boutiques throughout the country. The ‘Garden of Silver Pendant Project’ allows us to offer these pendants to you at a great value.
Here is a quick video of some of the one of a kind pendant designs.
Sign up for Garden of Silver Pendant Project
For only $29 per month you will receive 2 handmade, one of a kind, fused art glass wrapped in sterling silver pendants that will be delivered, gift wrapped in our signature boxes, to your doorstep each month. The retail value of this offer is $50-70.
It is too time consuming to individually post these pendants on our website since they are all one of a kinds and sell out so quickly.
We think it is much more exciting for you to be surprised every month with some colorful new art jewelry pendants chosen just for you!
Join the Pendant Project today and receive a FREE 18" sterling silver chain with a handmade hook and eye clasp. Value $25.
The gorgeous pendants you will receive will easily slide on and off this chain allowing you to match your colorful new pendants to your outfits every day!
Your subscription will be billed monthly via PayPal and can be cancelled at any time.
If for some reason you are not happy with a particular piece, simply return it to us within the week and we will replace it with another piece in your next shipment. We want you to be happy.
They also make great gifts for teachers, coaches, bus drivers, yoga instructors, mail carriers, etc.
We are excited to offer these stunning, museum quality, handmade pendants to you at this amazing value. Perfect little gifts to brighten up your day!