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New Fashion & Home Collection

Posted on June 22, 2017 by Eileen Baumeister McIntyre | 0 comments

I am excited to announce my partnership with a wonderful company called VIDA
As a fine artist, as well as a jewelry designer, I am now able to have my artwork reproduced on tops, scarves, bags, wraps, clutches, tapestries and pillows!

It is so much fun now to create these coordinating collections where I can pair the Garden of Silver jewelry with the fashions.

Oranges Collection

Garden of Silver jewelry and Eileen Baumeister McIntyre fine art fashions

'Oranges III' colored pencil drawing on this Oranges Top and Oranges Handbag.  Paired perfectly with the Seven Sisters handmade necklace.

Green Apples Collection

Garden of Silver jewelry and Eileen Baumeister McIntyre art and fashions

My 'Green Apples' watercolor painting inspired this collection of bright green Peridot Leaves earrings and Wintergreen necklace paired with the Green Apples top, scarf, wrap and clutch.

Oceans Collection

Garden of Silver ocean jewelry and Eileen Baumeister McIntyre fine art and fashions

And a couple of my favorite colored pencil drawings, 'Wading River Rocks' and 'Tidal Pool' are reproduced on this racerback tank, mulit-wrap scarf and top. They all coordinate with the Sapphire Drift earrings and Tidal Pool necklace.

One of the best aspects of working with VIDA is their commitment to paying it forward by teaching literacy to their factory workers creating the fashions. As a teacher I love this.
Please enjoy browsing through this collection and sharing it with your friends. 
Thanks!

 

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Garden of Silver Video Lookbook

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Eileen Baumeister McIntyre | 0 comments

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! 

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A Garden Full of Peonies

Posted on June 06, 2015 by Eileen Baumeister McIntyre | 0 comments

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.

 

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New Spring Jewelry Display

Posted on April 19, 2015 by Eileen Baumeister McIntyre | 0 comments

Here is the New Spring Jewelry display that I created for Garden of Silver Jewelry and Janet Schroeder Jewelry at Susan Rodgers Designs in Port Jefferson, NY.

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!

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