Vintage beauty

Every time I go into my studio to paint I have to change my clothes but somehow when changing back into my regular clothes I always manage to get paint on myself. I thought about an apron or a big shirt but I decided that that just wouldn’t be good enough. When I was a little girl my mom had made me red coveralls with a race car patch on them. I was absolutely in love with them and I would wear them when helping my dad in his garage. So I started thinking that coveralls might just be the solution.

I found the perfect coveralls on etsy – vintage from France and the measurements were perfect! When I got home on Friday I had a package waiting for me. Yeah I got my coveralls and I can’t wait to paint in them. That is once it’s maybe a bit cooler in my studio. They are almost too nice to paint in.

Vintage, so stylish and eco-friendly!

Ciao!

Now this is stylish protective clothing

ok I won't be wearing my glasses in my studio

A day’s worth of work

I spent most of the day today finishing up the jewelry I had started last week and taking care of some custom orders.

•My friend M.’s favorite ring had lost a pearl and she had asked me to see if I could fix it. I recreated the shape of the pearl in recycled silver and placed it back into her ring. I hope she likes it!

 

•One of my youngest customers R. had asked me to create a pendant from a piece of tiger’s eye she had.

•I have been wanting to create a bird pendant for a long time.

•I created another pair of simple leaf earrings.

•I finished 9 air pendants so that I can fill some orders. Thanks for supporting lung cancer research by purchasing an air necklace.

A full and rewarding day of creating!

Ciao!

weekend look

Here is another flower I created this weekend to go with my summery outfit. Super easy to make. I just cut out a string of pedals using the lining of an old jacket (perfect use for the lining of a jacket I had used to make cup cozies). I stitched one long line through the fabric and in the end gathered it all together and voila a funky flower was born from a piece of old clothing. Have a look and if you would like to get more instruction on how to make it just email me at anjastudios@shaw.ca

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Philanthropic jewelry for lung cancer research

I am sure you have all experienced things in life that are such a coincidence that you know they were just meant to be.

While at the Forks selling my jewelry and photography I was approached in regards to custom jewelry. I thought the inquiry was about creating an individual piece of jewelry for this client but it turned out that she was looking for philanthropic jewelry to help fundraise for a cause. It turned out that the cause was lung cancer research, which seemed too strange at the time considering that just 2 weeks earlier my father-in-law “Jack” had just passed away from lung cancer. “It was just meant to be”.

So in the last month I have designed and produced a piece of jewelry made from recycled materials, that will be used to help fundraise for this Sunday’s “Inspire for Life – Manitoba’s Walk for Lung Cancer” event. The event takes place at the Forks. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:00 a.m. All net proceeds of the event will go to lung cancer research at the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.

Here is a picture of the final product. The concept chosen shows the word “air” in a simple font on 100% recycled silver. I wanted to simplify and boil it down to the essence “air”. We all need air to breathe and to live. I have seen first hand the struggle of not getting enough air into your lungs anymore. The concept is graphic, clean and creates a nice balance between the simply graphic type and the organic shape and material of the beach glass. Each piece of beach glass is unique and different just like the lives effected by lung cancer.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do this in Jack’s honour. I miss him a lot and I know he would be very proud of me.

If you would like to order your own “air” necklace you can order them at the walk this weekend for $49 (there will be a limited number available for sale, so if you want to buy one at the event make sure to get there early). You can also contact me directly at anjastudios@shaw.ca to put in your order. The pendant is made from recycled silver and beach glass and comes on a 18″ sterling silver chain. The “air necklace” will be available year round with 100% of profit going to lung cancer research.

Show your support and help make a difference by participating in Sunday’s walk and by wearing “air”.

Ciao!

     

Happy Earth Day

What a wonderful idea Earth Day is! It inspires awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.

If you know me, you are probably aware that I am a bit of a hippie and I mean that in a good way. Since I was a little girl living in Switzerland I always wanted to protect animals from extinction and I always appreciated the beauty of nature all around me. I recycled from a very early age on and I was known to give little lectures to other people if they weren’t doing the same thing. That’s the beauty of children. They tell you what they think and they are so idealistic. I have stopped lecturing people and have learned that I can better lead by example. I try my best to reduce my ecological footprint in a way that is sustainable in itself. I try hard to incorporate this philosophy into my creative process and live by my tagline “recycle. reuse. recreate.” Each of us can make a difference and we can inspire people around us to do the same.

Please be nice to mother earth!

Ciao

beauty is all around you

Inspired by my fridge

I have always been using natural object such as prairie wheats, leafs and rocks within my jewelry. A had dried some leafs and wheat before the winter but I have been getting a bit bored using them over the last little while. Last week I was working on jewelry and when opening the fridge inspiration hit. I saw some fresh rosemary and dried hemp seats so I started playing around with them. Here are some of the results.

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Eames chairs – recycled beauties

One of the best ways to be green is to purchase antiques. For example recent research has shown that an antique chest of drawers has a carbon footprint 16 times lower than that of its modern twin, even allowing for it to have been sold, moved and restored twice in its lifetime. The quality and craftsmanship that has gone into antiques surpasses most of the furniture produced these days. So by purchasing an antique you are being green, you get a better and longer lasting piece of furniture plus you get a piece with a story and history.

One of my favorite designs is mid-century modern and one of  my favorite designers from this period are Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames Molded Plastic Chair is just one design from a long line of innovations from two designers and artists who were always looking to do more with newer and better materials. The newness and technological explosion of the modern world fascinated the couple, and their goal was it create a fusion with the natural beauty they saw in the organic world. The Eames Molded Plastic Chairs are the result of months of tinkering and enthusiastic, creative design. In the end, the shape is pleasing to the eye and easy on the body. Without using padding, leather, cushions, or traditional armrests, the Eames’ had created a chair that served every need of the modern American, while at the same time looking great and being comfortable. Just a great example of mid-century modern design.

I had spent years dreaming of sitting in one of those beautiful chairs while eating dinner in our house. Yesterday I saw a listing on kijiji for 3 of the chairs and I was able to make an appointment to view them tonight. They turned out to be in great condition which really made my day. We are now the proud owners of 3 beautiful Eames Molded Plastic chairs in white and hopefully one day I will come across another one to make the set complete. If you have one for sale please contact me. We will take care of it well and provide a loving home!

Ciao!

Green Christmas Gifts

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas filled with quality time with you friends and family. K. and I had a really nice Christmas. We went a bit overboard again with gifts. It’s just so hard because there are so many things I think he would love. I absolutely loved the presents I got from him. I got a new winter jacket and hat made from hemp (hoodlamb.com). And they are not just pretty and warm! The outer shell is made from 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton and the lining is made from hemp and recycled plastic. I absolutely love it!

I made most of my Christmas presents again this year. Here is what I gave as presents: my jewelry made from recycled silver, beach glass, beach/river rocks, hand-made pottery, eco-friendly cup cozies made from recycled clothing, homemade hot chocolate mix and homemade cookies.

Did you get or give any green gifts for Christmas?

I apologize for the bad pictures of my jacket (K. was having a hard time with my camera 🙂 ).

Ciao and happy new year!

Made from recycled clothing

Here is another one of my green creation: The eco-friendly cup cozy made from recycled clothing. The perfect accessory for the fashionable and eco-minded coffee or tea lover. It’s a great way to reuse the fabric from your favorite jacket. 🙂 If you like them let me know! They are $10, which makes them a perfect stocking stuffer.

Recycle. Reuse. Recreate.

Ciao