it's that time of year. Back to school. Back to the office.
Back to basics...
I've been working on
plenty of new ideas that have been inspired by my conversations with
lots of you. We have also started a new venture with a fantastic
online shopping source called "Shoptiques".
It's by invitation only and I am proud to say that we are the first
boutique from the Richmond area to be invited. Take a look by
Our adventure to Brazil in March
was amazing. We flew into Sao Paulo,
then to Porto Seguro, then traveled over bumpity bump dirt back roads to
reach the remote fishing village of Trancoso. It's mostly a hippie
village now. It provided me with so much inspiration and enthusiasm that
I just can't wait to share it with you. Click
here to see some of the
taken the time this summer to create some exciging new designs.
Some inspired by my trip to Brazil, others from my trips this summer. The designs
are slowly starting to show up here on the website (and we'll be adding
lots more soon). They'll also be presented at my upcoming
Shows. Click here for my
Late Summer / Early Fall show schedule. We'll update the whole
thing once we finalize things.
Unbelievably, it has already been a year and a half since we spent a week in London
on an antique buying binge. We visited a different antique market
every day. Covent Gardens, Spitalfields, Peterborough, Lewes,
Kempton. Each day was better than the next, but Porto Bello Road
was, by far, the best. I bought so many things that I had to bring
home a separate suitcase just to carry it all!
To take a
look at some of my photos, just click
You are always
welcome to stop by the Studio, but in case you can't, my "What's
page will give you an update on some of the newest things I've been
working on. Or visit me at one of my upcoming shows,
You'll truly be able to really see my full line of ideas. It's a
touchy feely kind of thing...
case you're new to on u... Here's a little bit about what we're all
wake up every morning with ideas bouncing around in my head that I just
need to get out... Quite often, I awake in the middle of the night
and find a pen in my hand... drawing. writing.. knotting... playing...
creating... I can't stop... I don't want to stop... Why should
I? It's why I do what I do... and I can't think of anything else.
I don't want to know why. It just comes naturally ... I'm destined
by it. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Is
really hope not... Because if there is. I'm in really big trouble.
I'm proud to offer a truly authentic and exquisite eco-chic line of
handcrafted jewelry that is created by hand, with glass, semi-precious and
vintage findings that is fashion forward... Everything is made right here
in Richmond, Virginia. And I'm very, very proud of that.
My designs embrace, and many highlight, classic, antique or funky vintage
buttons and findings that have been inspired by my every day perspective
on life, whether it's from here, or from afar. I've been weaving
many findings from India, London and Portugal (some are from 1000 BC) into
my designs. And also materials that I've found in little markets
throughout the Chianti region of Tuscany, in Barcelona, Spain and the
Provence region of southern France.
The thing that really distinguishes my line of handcrafted jewelry is the
knotting. I could never just string a strand and be done with
it. I take the time to create elaborate knot patterns through intricate
hand-knotting and hand-crocheting. I didn't find them in a book, or copy
another's ideas; I learned them from my Yia Yia (my Greek grandmother).
Texture and dimension. Originality. Authenticity. You'll
find it here.
After one look, you'll be able to recognize the difference of
on u jewelry.
Wrap one of my designs around your wrist, or neck, or even your ankle,
you'll easily feel how good it looks on you (or, is that on u?!).
It's great how everyone is running around with reusable bags and trying to
cut down on all sorts of items destined for landfills. Please don't
stop! It's something that we've been doing all of our lives...and
certainly since the beginning of on u jewelry in 1991 - reusing,
recycling, and reinventing ways to take advantage of what life has to
logo. It will help you to narrow down those items that I create with
a minimum of 95% recycled, reused or natural products.
Please support the really great
throughout the country that carry the line. We only work with a
handful of stores that we adore our relationships with. We're not in
to being too big... because that wouldn't allow us the time to do what we
do best... creating sensational jewelry that makes you feel, and look,
Also, let's not forget about giving to our favorite charities. It's
tough out there, for sure, but keep in mind that it's especially hard for
non-profit and volunteer organizations that also need help right now.
We'll do our part. We hope you'll do so, too.
welcome all of those who caught a glimpse of the line in recent issues of
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