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Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Have I mentioned that I’m a bit of a hoarder? I have boxes and bowls, cases and caskets over-spilling with jewellery. This collection has accumulated over years of rummaging in markets, charity shops and independent boutiques on my travels, as well as treasured items given to me by my grandmothers.
I don’t own any diamonds or precious stones. I have never been the kind of woman who wiles away an afternoon staring longingly into the window’s of luxury jewellers, a la Holly Golightly.I would much rather wear an individual, vintage or hand-crafted piece
Recently, I came across the work of Kirsten Muenster, a jeweller based in San Francisco who creates beautiful pieces inspired by nature using recycled, vintage and sustainable materials.
“I am drawn to the rich diversity of colours and patterns in the stones I use. I love exploring rock formations, fossils, tree rings, fractals and nature’s simplicity expressed in it’s irregular lines and shapes”
Kirsten’s work incorporates vintage buttons, recycled copper fire brick, fossilized coral, sustainable nuts, recycled sterling silver and ethically sourced stones. The agates and jaspers that Kirsten uses are either found along lakeshores and riverbeds or purchased from small family owned mines.
The website gives an insightful description of all of the materials that Kirsten uses. I found it fascinating. Kirsten’s work is ethical, beautiful and inspiring. Her design philosophy is an inspiration too:
“I believe it’s possible to have a beautifully designed piece of jewellery made with interesting materials whose cultivation does not fund corrupt organizations or promote unfair labour practices…I am always exploring more conscious and sustainable options for my jewellery materials”
I couldn't have put it better myself.
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Big-band sounds from the 1940's played in the background whilst suitably attired couples danced amongst those browsing through the rails. The atmosphere was relaxed with an emphasis upon making the day an enjoyable experience. My husband took a break to indulge in the amazing cakes on sale at the cafe. If I'd been able to prise myself away from the clothes I would popped into the Lipstick and Curls parlour for a 1950's hair and beauty make-over.
One of my favorite stands belonged to Debbie and Simon. That's Debbie above...I was so inspired by her outfit. A stunning scarf print blouse worn belted with pegged trousers, her cloche hat to completing the look. This outfit is vintage but not old-fashioned. And, incredibly stylish.