Category Archives: jewelry designers

Rising Talent – Fashion Designer Tanya Taylor

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We are loving fashion designer, Tanya Taylor’s Spring 2014 at New York Fashion Week yesterday. Her electric color of bold geometric and feminine floral prints sent out a new modern look.  Paring with simple shapes and wearable layers are the answer to many women’s wardrobe. We want every piece from the collection.

Fresh and modern. Slip them on…effortless, chic and just pretty!

We will work the outfits in with the Limited Edition of handcrafted Lace Bib Necklace from Marbella Charles Jewelry… coming soon at the website: Pink Leaf Design Shop.

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Jewelry with a message by Marbella Charles

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There is a new brand of jewelry in town…handmade with love in Hoboken!

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Pink Leaf Design Shop is Introducing a small capsule collection of Marbella Charles Jewelry. A Limited Edition of a vintage-bohemian-chic inspired necklaces.  The unique pairings of mixed metals, unexpected materials and textures are the focal point of these distinctive jewelry pieces.

The artistry of Marbella Charles Jewelry is as cohesive and intricate as a jewelry lover’s life.  The process begins with the careful selection of charms, chains and findings that come together in a new, vintage chic way.  Careful attention is evident in the selection of gems and extensive hand beading that add an intimate feeling to unique designs.  Mixed metals and diverse materials that range from lace to shimmering beads, crystal, freshwater pearls and precious gemstones reflect the many facets of a woman’s life giving every design the ability to shine from day to night, weekday to weekend.  Marbella Charles Jewelry is all about Living Life Right through personal choice and upcycled style.  A carefully selected inspirational quote is included with each piece of jewelry to inspire customers to discover and celebrate their unique spirit.

Enjoy and get this special offerings at www.PinkLeafDesignShop.com this month.

Love To Mom Necklace at Sundance Jewelry

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Don’t forget mom…Mother’s Day is May 13th! Shop at Sundance Jewelry for gifts with mom in mind.

‘love to mom necklace’

A sterling silver tag says “MOM”; a brass heart shows your love. Lobster clasp.  Exclusively designed by The Blue Hound Jewelry for Sundance, handmade in USA. 18″L.

Lick only No Biting – Stylish and Irresistible Jewelry by Debra Kallen

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Being a Lampwork Artist and Jewelry Designer gives Debra Kallen the freedom to create unique glass beads. Torching fresh daily, she currently has 3 collections:

glass candy – lick only no biting!
glass berries – sweet berry kisses
glass chocolates – making the world sweeter one glass chocolate at a time

Contact Debra Kallen –  glasschocolate@gmail.com

1) Pink Leaf Designs:  When did you first know you wanted to be a Glass Bead Jewelry Designer, and what are your inspirations?

Debra Kallen:  The freedom to recreate great moments from a childhood in a glass medium. Torching fresh daily, oxygen and propane is what fuels the flame which in return helps me create lampwork beads. Working with molten glass has the consistency of taffy. It has resistance as well as the pliability to create my

candy collection – lick only no biting!
berry collection – sweet berry kisses
chocolate collection – making the world sweeter one glass chocolate at a time

Here is the process in short form:

  • turn kiln on
  • dip 1/16 or bigger mandrel
  • flame on
  • pull glass for what I am working on for the day, pull stringers (thin pieces of glass pulled from bigger rods),or  make twisted canes before you start your bead. Wind glass onto mandrel, shape using many different tools, now would be the time you use pre-made stringers, twisted cane or pulled stringers to decorate the surface of your bead.
  • place in digitally controlled kiln, the bead needs to cool down slowly so the beads won’t crack. All beads need to be annealed for longevity.

2) Pink Leaf Designs: If the sky’s the limit, what piece of pet artwork would you create now?

Debra Kallen:  The sky is the limit! I would add to my candy collection because I love what I create now.

3) PLD: What LIVE celebrity would you like to send a piece of your artwork for FREE?

DK: Katy Perry! I would love for her to own every piece of my candy jewelry.

4) PLD: If you have your way, what famous and successful Pet Artist/ or other type of portrait artist would you like to be?

DK: I would love to be a famous and successful glass candy company/brands myself one day.

5) PLD: You get stuck creating art today, what do you do to get unstuck?

DK: I go to my favorite old-fashioned candy store and look at all the colors, shapes and textures to be inspired. The smells are wonderful as well. I would love to have smells accompany my glass candy collection one day.  As an artist I believe it is important to touch as many senses as possible.

6) PLD: Which music CD are you listening now?

DK: Katy Perry, California girls

7) PLD:  What obstacles did you face when starting up your business? Any new challenges when creating your art/product lines?

DK: Photography – taking pictures maintaining the color of the bead , having slight shadows and wanting a white background. I feel that candy is so colorful that it needs to be a pure white background fresh and clean
looking.

8) PLD: Which piece of artwork at your online / off-line store is your most favorite and why?

DK: My personal favorite is the glass candy collection and if I had to pick from the candy it would be the lollipop pendant , gummy bear and jellybean bracelet. The most popular is the lollipop pendant necklace.

9) PLD: What advise would you give to other Jewelry Artist newbies who wants to set up a new business store (online & off-line) during this difficult economic climate?

DK: My advice would be go for it! If you are passionate and love what you do, do it. Your passion will reflect in your business and you will be successful. Positive thoughts bring positive results.

10) PLD: What is in your tool box?

DK: There are a lot of goodies in my candy Pandora tool box, lol!

11) PLD: What else would you like the readers know about your work?

DK: My future business plans for marketing are contacting the biggest candy store in the world, don’t quote me on this. The biggest one in my world is Dlyan’s Candy store in New York. If anyone has suggestions for me I would be more than happy to hear your suggestions for marketing
ideas.

Go ahead and check out these gorgeous and irresistible ‘yummy’ creations – shop at
www.debrakallen.com
www.debrakallen.etsy.com

Nature Inspired of ‘The Spirit Box’

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Often inspired by nature and the natural beauty of aging objects, Debbie Zapatka of ‘The Spirit Box’ creates her art objects by melding nature and metal together into distinctively organic, one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art.

Debbie’s  home studio located in sunny Arizona and she has a degree in Design and Illustration; however she is self-taught in painting, jewelry making and other crafts by means of trial and error.

1) Pink Leaf Designs: When did you first know you wanted to be a Jewelry Designer, and what are your inspirations?

Debbie Zapatka:  I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I started my art journey as a painter, but I had a longing for creating 3-dimensional pieces. I took a metal sculpting class at the Evanston Art Center, just north of Chicago and fell in love with the process. When I moved to Arizona I envisioned having a studio space where I could work outside on my metal sculptures, but I soon discovered that would not happen living in a community with an HOA. Ha, ha. So, I had to go smaller with my work and that’s when I started making metal jewelry. I have always been inspired by nature and the natural beauty of aging objects.  My goal is always to have my work reflect that by melding nature, metal and other objects together into a organic piece of art.

2) Pink Leaf Designs:  If the sky’s the limit, what piece of jewelry would you create now?

Debbie Zapatka:  I’m not sure that it would be a piece a jewelry. Perhaps something that combines my metal work with my painting. I would like to work on something large-scale again. Maybe something that is showcased in a gallery or part of a store environment.

3) PLD:   Name a place/ a thing/ a person usually inspires your work?

DZ: The Southwest is a huge inspiration for me. Red rocks, unusual landscape, copper mines and turquoise. Love turquoise! The person who has the biggest influence on my jewelry making is Susan Lenart Kazmer. She is an amazing designer and loves to share her knowledge with others. I feel lucky to have taken one of her workshops at the same time I was searching for new direction in my own work.

4) PLD:  What LIVE celebrity would you like to send a piece of your jewelry for FREE?

DZ: I sent a piece to Jennifer Westhoven at CNN with her babies name on it, but I have yet to see her wear it. I wish I would of sent a piece to Oprah while her show was on-the-air. How amazing would that be?

5) PLD:  If you have your way, what famous and successful Jewelry Designers/ company/ brands would you like to be?

DZ:  Island Cowgirl. I love her jewelry and she seems to have a successful storefront by the beach. Sounds perfect to me!

6)  PLD:  You get stuck designing today, what do you do to get unstuck?

DZ:  I like to look thru my boxes of found objects, what most people might call “junk”, but which I find interesting and inspiring by the different shapes, textures or colors. Then I figure out how to make something new out of it. I also find that exercise helps unblock my mind.

7)  PLD:  Which music CD are you listening now?

DZ:  I always have Radio Paradise on, everyday from 8am til bedtime. Bill & Rebecca Goldsmith run this internet radio station out of their house. Sometimes you hear their dog bark or the phone ring in the background. I love supporting a small business, such as theirs, and they play a wonderful blend of many styles and genres of music. You’ll hear modern and classic rock, world music, electronica, even a bit of classical and jazz. What you won’t hear are commercials. None!

8)  PLD:  Which piece of jewelry at your store is your most favorite and why?

DZ:  I have to say it would be my Metal Bouquet. I hand cut the metal and sculpt it into forms and shapes to represent a vase of flowers. Then I enamel each piece. To me, it’s more than a piece of jewelry, it becomes a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.

9) PLD:  What advise would you give to other jewelry designer newbies who wants to set up a new business store (online & off-line) during this difficult economic climate?

DZ:  Self-promoting is really hard, but networking and social media has made that so much easier. I find that my friends and clients promote my work almost as much as I do and you can’t ask for better advertising than that!

10)  PLD:  What is in your tool box?  

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DZ:  My must have (purchased) items are my Foredom flex shaft  for drilling, hammer, propane torch, liver of sulfur, resin, enamel powders, and pliers. By my priceless tool box is my collection of recycled metals, seed pods, and found objects. I love to upcycle!

11)  PLD:  What else would you like the readers know about your work?
DZ:  Please connect with me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheSpiritBox I love making custom pieces!  Website: www.TheSpiritBox.com

Source:  ‘The Spirit Box’

Industrial Inspired Jewelry by ‘The Blue Hound’

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Simply said, I am a great fan of The Blue Hound Jewelry.

Every piece is unique and handcrafted by the talented duo, Joe Ieraci and Oncu Arslan.  Their jewelry line is created by using industrial and reclaimed elements with a vintage edge.

Brooklyn-based Oncu Arslan was trained as a filmmaker. He came to the world of jewelry design after his exposure to a friends vintage jewelry collection.  Joe Ieraci has extensive knowledge in premium denim products and comes from the worlds of fashion forecasting services.  Both are global travelers who scout beyond the vintage and salvage markets  around the world for their inspirations.

You can meet The Blue Hound designers every weekend at The Market NYC – Meatpacking District (328 West 14th Street).   I got a chance to chat with Joe about his work and inspiration.

1)  Pink Leaf Designs:  If the sky’s the limit, what piece of artwork would you create now?
Joe Ieraci:   Not looking at the sky, but something that would get me excited would be designing or creating a retail environment.  The idea of creating an extension of both product and personal space is interesting.  It’s the ultimate in sharing your vision with the consumer.

2)  Pink Leaf Designs:  Name a place/ a thing/ a person usually inspires your work?

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Joe Ieraci:  It’s always changing, but revolves around travel.  For example, after traveling to Barcelona, I created a group around Spanish tiling…specially rooftop tiles.  Now I’m working on a small group based around some Ottoman pieces found in Istanbul.

3)  Pink Leaf Designs:  What LIVE celebrity would you like to send a piece of your work for FREE?
Joe Ieraci:   Hmmm, for pure hype, of course Lady Gaga but sadly, I don’t think our collection is Gaga’esque’!  Our collection is textural, industrial and vintage based so, for me, it’s a casual lifestyle brand…I’d love for any musician to wear our collection; Patti Smith, PJ Harvey or Steven Tyler.

4)  Pink Leaf Designs:  How do you get inspired?

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Joe Ieraci:   Textures are key.  Also love anything that ages with character which is why visiting flea markets or salvage yards are great inspiration for me.  See the above silver rings  and cuffs are natural textures inspired by moving water.

5)  Pink Leaf Designs:  You get stuck designing, what do you do to get unstuck?
Joe Ieraci:   If I get stuck, I leave it alone; be it an hour or a day and I work on something else.

6)  Pink Leaf Designs:  Which music CD are you listening now?

Joe Ieraci:  PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake.

7)  Pink Leaf Designs:  Which piece of jewelry is your most favorite and why?
Joe Ieraci:   They are all my children….

8)  Pink Leaf Designs:  When did you first know you wanted to be a jewelry designer?
Joe Ieraci:  As with most things, I fell into it.  There was never a burning desire but as
opportunity presents itself, you take it.  Creative expression is creative expression.

9)  Pink Leaf Designs:  What’s in your tool box?
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Joe Ieraci:   Chains, chains and more chains.  My Foredom flex shaft for sanding, drilling and polishing.  Pliers of all shape and size.  Silver, brass and bronze….wax for casting.  Steel wool (0000 is the finest you can get).  Hammers and mandrels for shaping rings and bracelets.

Get ready for your holiday shopping, stop by the Bryant Park Holiday Market (Oct. 27th, 2011 to Jan. 7th, 2012) and check out The Blue Hound Jewelry Collection!