Monday
Oct032011

Get In My Closet: Hannah Blount Jewelry and Interview

Allow me to introduce you to my latest jewelry obsession, Hannah Blount Jewelry.

I recently met Hannah (you saw some of her gorgeous creations here) and chatted fine jewels all in the name of research for the blog.....and my ever expanding Christmas list. Santa, stay tuned.

Hannah is local, just lovely as can be, and exceedingly talented. Her designs evoke seaward hints of her family home on Nantucket, as well as a refined urban aesthetic, with streamlined branches, shapes and precious metals.

Each piece is handmade to order, by Hannah in her Boston based studio. You can also preview her work at Harvard Square/Cambridge shop Topaz and at the shop Hephburn on Nantucket. Be sure to give her site a thorough inspection, I promise you will not be disappointed.

New England looks like it places a major role in influencing in your work, especially the (stunning!) barnacle and shell pieces. How do you typically come up with new designs?
New England (and specifically Nantucket) certainly is a major influence on my aesthetic. But I am also a lover of objects. I like to decorate my apartment with things. Things like cool shells, old pocket watches and door knobs, antlers, bottles... there is something so beautifully romantic about the memories and feelings in these things. I suppose I try to harness the romance. My Ruthie B collection is certainly an example of that... the jewelry hearkens to my childhood, where I fondly remember these organic objects scattered across our home.

What is the design process from idea to implementation with such complex metalwork?
So many processes! First is the idea, obviously, and often a sketch (but not always). But most of it is execution. There is a lot of soldering, hammering, sanding, sawing, melting, bleeding, and much more, that goes into each item. The other part of designing is being at peace with failure. It feels wonderful to put down a piece, twenty hours in, because I just don't like it. It's liberating. Just because I think it, doesn't mean it will look fabulous. Some of that is skill, but most of it is luck.

What are you favourite metals and gems to work with? I noticed a lot of turquoise in your latest work, any reason you seem drawn to it?
Turquoise (and Gold) are my favorite materials. They are my colors. I think they look fabulous on everyone, in every season, with every outfit. But I have oh so many favorite stones, I couldn't even begin to list them... or spell them.

Starting your own line is such a leap of faith- how did make the decision?
I majored in Jewelry/Metals at Umass Dartmouth. Over the years I found myself consistently turning to nature for inspiration. So, when it came to my senior thesis, I gathered my design focus from previous semesters and went forward with it. That is where I came up with my Waiting collection, which incorporates eggs and branches. Everything branched off from there (pun intended!), so really it was quite easy!

If you weren't designing what would you be doing?
I've always loved pottery... one day I would like to have a side ceramics studio, just for fun. But if I had to choose something other than jewelry, that would be it!


Five Questions with MPCC

Trapped on a desert island, what three things do you bring?
By desert island do you mean deserted island, or actual desert climate? Because that makes a huge difference... I mean a desert climate I'd bring water and sunscreen and perhaps a bow for hunting, but a deserted tropical island I might bring a hammock, a magazine, and cake.

Favourite scent?
Rosemary.

Last major purchase you made?
Helena De Natalio handbag... I couldn't resist!

Ice cream or gelato?
Ice cream!

Biggest accomplishment?
At 23 I exhibited in a NY wholesale accessories show. I learned so much and worked so hard, and didn't sleep for three months.

Friday
Sep302011

NYFW Musical



Here's a round up of what I heard from NYFW and what people were playing and talking about!



Tadashi Shoji

Florence and the Machine What the Water Gave Me
School of Seven Bells I  L U
Beach House 10 Mile Stereo
Florence and the Machine Cosmic Love
Beach House Norway

Emerson

Eleanor Freidberger My Mistakes

Tibi

FM Belfast American
The Kinks Destroyer
The Rapture Miss You

Prabal Gurung

Liz Phair Flower
Asobi Seksu Thursday

Alice and Olivia

Siouxsie and The Banshees Hong Kong Garden
Doris Day Que Sera Sera

Zac Posen

Vitamin Sting Quartet Wave of Mutilation
Balanescu Quartet Computer Love
The Radio Department Various

Wednesday
Sep282011

Tibi Spring 2012

Tibi's Spring collection was my final show for NYFW, when the official week and madness had yet to even get into full swing! This was also the most star studded show of the week for me, with Olivia Palermo, Emma Roberts and Sophia Bush sightings. Olivia just gets it right every damn time.

Tibi is one of my favourite lines. I'll come clean, I own an embarrassing amount of clothing from them, but it is consistently my go to line for pieces that make people literally stop what they are doing and complement what I am wearing or ask who made it.

The lines designer, and founder, Amy Smilovic presented a more grown up Tibi for Spring. The pop-deco prints were replaced with more refined lines, cut in muted shades of pink, aqua and yellow. My favourite items contained those loud Tibi hallmarks I am such a fan of, bright jade print palazzo pants and rompers, mixed with black and white finished up the show. There is a reason Tibi is such a large and successful contemporary line (carried in over 600 boutiques and major department stores alike), it is fun and wearable.

And of course I pulled together the runway playlist, almost as cool as the clothing.

FM Belfast American
The Kinks Destroyer
The Rapture Miss You



Images: Style

Monday
Sep262011

Canada Roadtrip Candids




Candids from the road.

Rentals, the drive, foxy lady sing along, views from Eastman Spa, cathedrals, Schwartz's and peace.

Much fun was had. Merci!

Friday
Sep232011

Branching Out

Above: J Crew belt and dress, Erotokritos sandals, vest c/o Banana Republic, Forever 21 bracelets 
and earrings c/o Hannah Blount 


Flash back to Roadtrip: Quebec and the Eastman Spa for this outfit post!

 

Sarah, of Style on the Couch, aptly stood in as photographer and even made me do my hair properly and wear it down!

We squeezed every last ounce of summer out of the season by jaunting up to Canada for Labor Day weekend. It was gorgeous every day! Good thing, since I took a dip in the beautiful pond pictured behind me in these shots as part of my hot/cold Hammam therapy at the spa! Check out their blog for inspired recipes and the latest news on this gorgeous destination.

And stay tuned for more on my newest jewelry obsession, local find, Hannah Blount, who supplied me with these gorgeous branch earrings. I have a full interview and more on her line in the queue for next week.