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

At the market

I wanted to thank everybody who came to the Forks Market to support me and to check out my spring collection. It was 2 days full of meeting great new people and having a chance to show off my work. I even managed to participate in the chocolate festival and taste some incredible chocolate treats. The Forks Market really is an inspiring place to be at. I am planning on being back to sell my work at the Forks a few times this summer by participating in the Outdoor Farmers Market.

If you missed me this week-end and are looking for the perfect gift for mother’s day just give me a call or send me a quick e-mail to arrange a time to come by my studio (p. 204.510.3939, anjastudios@shaw.ca).

Ciao!

Anja

setting up early in the morning

having fun

my stall

textiles

jewelry & photos

more jewelry and photos

anja studios

See you next time

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.

Ciao

custom squirrel

A while back I received an order for a piece of jewelry depicting squirrel. I had made many sketches until I had a drawing I was really happy with. I ended up making a linocut of the squirrel and using it to make it into a recycled silver pendant. Here are a few picture of the different stages.

I hope you enjoy seeing the process. Please let me know if you would like any custom pieces. They keep things challenging and interesting.

Ciao

linocut of squirrel

raw stage before being fired

et voila

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!

The first pictures

Here are a few of the first pictures I took with my new baby. I used the macro setting and shot at a really low aperature. The pictures are of some of my jewelry made from recycled silver, beach glass (from Canada) and beach rocks (from Italy). I haven’t done any corrections to these pictures so they are as they came out of the camera.

Ciao

 

Recycled silver

 

 

 

Recycled silver and beach glass from Gimli, MB Canada

 

 

 

Recycled silver and recycled fresh water pearl

 

 

 

Recycled silver and beach rock from Elba, Italy

 

 

 

Recycled silver and sterling silver

 

 

 

Recycled silver and beach glass from Gimli, MB Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

May I introduce you to….

I would like to introduce you to my bear “Moonlight”. Yes you heard correctly, I have adopted a bear through AnimalsAsia. A while back I had read about AnimalsAsia rescuing bears from bile farms, giving them the medical care they need and providing them with a save home for the first time in the bear’s life. I have decided that I would like to contribute by sponsoring a bear on a monthly basis with part of the proceeds from the sale of my recycled jewelry. When I got the picture of my bear with her bio (it’s a girl) I knew it was meant to be, considering that her name is Moonlight. She fits in perfectly with the rest of my family, especially with my dog Luna (Moon).

If you are interested in sponsoring a bear or just to find out more about this cause please visit www.animalasia.org

To purchase any of my recycled jewelry please visit my etsy store at www.anjastudios.etsy.com

Ciao