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New Spring Jewelry Display

Posted on April 19, 2015 | 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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Inspired At The Met

Posted on December 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Now that the crazy busy holiday season is over it was time yesterday to get some inspiration for the new year. My husband Thomas and I headed into NYC to spend the day at one of my favorite places, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

I am planning on adding a little color to my jewelry with the new collection by enameling the silver through a variety of enameling techniques that I am currently experimenting with.

   

The botanical artwork in these gorgeous kimonos was breathtaking and the composition of flowers is perfect. They made me want to ditch my wardrobe and fill the closet with kimonos!

      
Here is a close up of Japanese fabric swatches along with stunning calligraphy.

   
Texture, shape and patina inspiration.

  
And, I am always fascinated with Koi fish. Our pond is too small for them. The dream is to create a huge pond on the property and fill it with Koi, lotus flowers, lily pads and frogs.  


Some breathtaking Tiffany stained glass masterpieces. And I couldn't resist a selfie with Tiffany!

    
Calder's mobile sparked some ideas as did this Jasper Johns encaustic painting.

  
I am always drawn to Japanese design elements. This Noguchi fountain will make you forget about all your stresses. So peaceful and calm. We have about five Asian lamps in the house, maybe time for a hanging one.

    
This detail of a marble sculpture also was incredible. If I can figure out how to get that texture in silver, that may be another new direction. 

It was so great getting recharged artistically by the extraordinary artworks at this world class museum. You really need a week, or more, to go through the museum because of its size and the amount art and artifacts that are there. We had total sensory overload after four hours! Loved it all, such a great day. I'm ready to sit down with my sketchbook and begin another new jewelry direction.

 

 

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