Soooo, I just stumbled across these pics by Siouxzen! Tiffa Novoa did the Costumes and I did the Jewelry. Shot these in Sf by the Bay... The Matrix dress in Black . And Sharon in the Bellydance gear. I think the Diamond Shaped Labradorite was the best one I ever laid hands on.. I loved it! Kyan had a gorgeous brown Turquoise with a Mother of Pearl Collar. Pretty sure she owns that one too. Good Times. Luv ya Siouxz! :) m
The Cahuenga Collection. These pics by Arin Ingraham. Once upon a time in a loft in Hollywierd.... We found the best leather store ever! I made some belts. They had studs too. I had some huge Turquoise and Labradorite that I Peyote stitched. It was all pretty exciting in the beginning when we first got to LA...! I think I was a starving artist in Hollywood for a good 6 months before I finally started working at Fred Segal in Santa Monica. Nina @ Fred Segal. But, that's another blog m'dears! xx,m
These photos were shot by Mariano Diaz. Models are Kyan and Indeara. Gorgeous Ladies!The top piece is usingSunstone and antique charms. The lower piece is Labradorite. Labradorite is a featured stone in lots of my pieces over the years. It's a fav! I really love to make all types of jewelry, but necklaces are definately my favorite. There's something magical about finding that piece that speaks to you and makes you feel like it belongs on your body. Everyday!.... I think it's a tribal instinct. One of the things I consider a sort of trademark in my jewelry design is that I set my cabachons in Peyote stitch. Peyote stitch is a Native American tradition of weaving tiny glass beads to create a sort of basket setting that holds the gemstone in place. It is a very tedious process, but I enjoy it, and I feel it gives my jewelry a sense of depth and the feel that it is carefully handmade. Who knows? I may even be weaving a lil Mojo into my pieces for you!!
may not be the easiest path to walk... But it sure is rewarding at times... After all, a girl, or guy, can never have too muchjewelry! And.... if you are like me, totally addicted to jewelry... There's obviously NO OTHER CHOICE!!! So, off I go, on this Blogging adventure, to share with you my life's work in jewelry and some of my favorite other Jewelry Designer's pieces along the way! My goal is to present some of my favorite images of my work from the different collections I've created over the past 20 years in a semi chronological order up to the present . This will take some time obviously... But I'm sure it will be a fantastic walk down memory lane for myself and many of the amazingly talented people I've worked with along the way. I only hope you will enjoy the journey as much as I will! :) And, yes... I am looking forward to all the future works that are in the mists waiting to be brought to life when the time is right! So... Let's start at the beginning....Not the beginning of my jewelry designing, that was much earlier, but the start of my documenting process.. approximately 2000. Inspiring "gem" of the day: "We build strength through our failures not our successes!" COCO CHANEL as a side note: Please comment if I miss any credits that should apply and let me apologize in advance if I miss something! Jewelry/Headdresses:Marisa Youlden Jewelry Costumes: TiffaNovoa ,Onda for El Circo Photos: Arrowone and Arin Ingraham
Top Photo: Carnelian Pyramid Mohawk with feathers.
Racoon Penis Bone and fish Vertebrae Mohawk Headdress
Puau Shell's from our ElCirco trip to New Zealand with Peruvian Opal