Monday, March 23, 2015

Heat wave

The ways creativity hits you sometimes is quite amazing. I always find myself inspired by many things, as I'm sure every body does: you are reading a book, travelling, listening to a song, walking on the street, you find a beautiful branch or simply washing the dishes and then it hits you, bam! an idea that is full of possibilities.

Many months ago I was sleeping one night and I was dreaming: in my dream I was sitting on my bench, busy making a pair of earrings. The earrings were roundish, they were golden and on top of the gold piece there was a detail made of a silver metal that contrasted so nicely with the gold. The silver detail had this wavy shape on the bottom and they looked beautiful. First thing I did when I woke up was to run, open my sketch book and start drawing what I remembered. To my big surprise the following night the same happened, this time in my dream I was making a ring using the gold/silver material, just a simple band. Based on the earrings design/mix of metals I designed my new collection and when I was doing so, my awe was great as to the way everything had came, this unconscious idea, this unexpected gift from a dream. And now the collection is finished and I'm ready to show it and offer it to you! 

About dreams.
I couldn't be happier at how things came up: many dreams came to reality, not just literal dreams. One of them, to make a big necklace. The Heat Wave necklace is bigger than any necklace I've done before. I encounter a big problem when I was making it: I couldn't solder it with my torch, it wasn't potent enough. You see I have a portable torch, not a proper, professional one. The only solution is taking the big pieces of the necklace to a local studio so they can help me out with the soldering. This is opening new possibilities as I'm planning now on improving my work space to be able to get a decent torch at last and then I'll make it entirely at my studio!

Heat wave.
Once I sat at my bench to start making collection, all the colours and shapes started to make me think of the south of Mexico where I grew up: of the sun, the heat; I started seeing the shapes as metal melting and immediately started calling the collection 'heatwave'. For me this was a temporary name, something that came to my mind but I wanted to put it a name that reflected the way the collection was conceived but never came to think of anything and each day Heatwave grew more on me, now I believe it captures the feel of the collection entirely. 

So here it is, the work of a year at last available for you all to see and enjoy. I hope you love it as much as I do!

The rings.
I made three different rings for this collection: The heatwave, the Sunrise and the Sunset ring. 

The heat wave is just a big band that's tall on the front and gradually shortens on the back with a nice v detail. The Sunrise ring features a wavy design on the front, sort of like a little crown. And the Sunset features a round shape on the front. They can be worn with the design up or down, looks pretty cool both ways! All rings come in silver and brass.

The bracelet.
The cuff bracelet is made of brass but it also can be done in silver. It features a wavy design on the front of the bracelet and it's perfect to stack with other bracelets! 

The earrings: 
The earrings, oh the earrings! I just love them. Not only because they were the origin of the collection and the subconscious gifts of my sleepy mind but because the shape and contrasts are beautiful. They are made of brass ans sterling silver.

The necklaces: 
I made two necklaces, one is the Heat Wave necklace, a core to the collection and the other is the carved necklace. I originally planned to make a pair of earrings to complement this necklace but couldn't find the time, maybe in the future! This necklace is a long beauty that features a simple U shape for pendant and I carved a little line pattern on it. It's very simple, very minimalist and a fave of mine! 

Coming up next, I'll show you the rest of the photos of my lookbook that were shoot by Sarah-Emily St-Gelais and an amazing team that I can't wait to let you know of! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your amazing support! 


Photo credits: product shoots by me and model shoots by Sarah Emily St-Gelais. Make up by Sarah Ladouceur, Clothing by Zoe G Kocsis and model is Katherine Berthelot.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Behind the scenes

I have wonderful news: I have a new collection and it'll be out this Friday, March 20!

I had the chance to work again with a fantastic team for the lookbook: S.E. St-Gelais did the photography, Sarah Ladouceur the make up; All clothing were from Zoe G Kocsis collection and I had a videographer on board too: dear Siam Obregon who made this lovely little video to show you a bit of the behind the scenes of the shoot. Enjoy! 


Stay tuned for more about the new collection!

Monday, March 16, 2015

A winter day

A while ago I made this little bronze house. I made it because I wanted a paperweight for myself and well, because I am obsessed with houses, so the two things came together quite nicely. I love my little house and I use it mostly as a small sculpture that sits on my desk, beside some of my treasures like my rock collection and old photos. 

Since the beginning I though I'd put it on my Etsy shop but I just couldn't get myself to photograph it. I think my mind works funny about my product photography: When I design something I see stories around the piece and my mind doesn't wait long to start imagining, seeing how these stories look, so it's not just the item but what's around it, what it means. And when I made the little house there was a lot of daydreaming and imagining about it so I knew the kind of photos I wanted to take to show it to you. When the particular idea/the plan for the shoot didn't quite translate good out of the daydream, I didn't push it, I just let it rest there knowing it'd come. Some weeks ago I was working on the studio and there was copious snow falling outside; the little bronze house shoot came to mind again and I said "yes, a winter scene. In a forest." And I started cutting the little paper trees. I put a piece of  white tissue paper covering the trees to make it look softer but I was delighted when the paper made the scene look like "snowing", at least looks so to me! hehehe, my imaginations runs wild, I tell you. You can see bellow how it looks without the paper. 

Anyway, the little bronze house as well as the photos you see here, are very special to me, I hope you enjoy them.

Available now on my shop.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

About mountain rocks and love.

"What are men to rocks and mountains?" 

I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice for like, the 5th time maybe. There is something with me I am sure, that, when there's something I like, I enjoy so much repeating it, re-reading it, re-watching it, etc. Like, I won't get bored. Every time I get that book for a re-read I open it with a bit of a doubt "Are you serious, Iveth? Are you honestly reading this again?" but then I just have to read the couple first paragraphs to be hooked again and sure of the fact that I'll enjoy it. 

Anyway, I mentioned that because the title of the blog post which is about a bit of my rocks and mountain collection and also about love and it reminded me of the phrase up there, one of my faves from the book.

OK then. Lately I've been having lots of very special orders. There's a particular kind that is sure to bring extra excitement to my work days because these pieces are meant to carry so much love and significance and emotions that I get caught in the middle of them. I've been making a couple engagement rings, wedding rings and wedding jewellery in general for several dear customers lately and they agree that my rocks and mountains collection is perfect for the occasion! 

I feel so extremely lucky when the customer for an engagement ring writes me back telling the stories of the proposal. Or when a bride tells me she's getting this piece of jewellery to wear on her wedding day. Or when a couple is so excited about these wedding rings. It is just so special, to think this piece of jewellery I made signifies so much to someone. It blows my mind.

Here are some photos of some of the pieces I've been working on lately, Like these pair of wedding rings for a local couple. She wanted the Desert Rock ring and he wanted his to match hers.

And this Desert Rock ring for another local customer who proposed in Paris and sent me this wonderful photo. I also made his fiancee wedding ring (not pictured): a simple oxidized band to complement her Desert Rock ring.

And then, one of the customers that has supported my work since the beginning is getting married and wants to wear her favourite earrings of mine but with a touch of something special, so I made the Desert Rock stud earrings in rose gold for her.

So you see, mountain rocks and love. Thank you so much for reading this, and for making me part of your stories.

"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew I had begun." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bits of the new studio space

My new studio space is a work in progress, I'll begin with that. It lacks privacy (we are going to build a wall that separates it from the family room in the basement) but the brightness and spaciousness make it up for that. Overall I feel very comfortable working here and very inspired.

Here are some photos I took a couple of days ago.

Lots of windows and natural light. I couldn't be happier :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Winter is unforgivable, relentless, harsh but there's something it can't be denied: it's sublime beauty. 

A couple of days ago we were in the middle of a freezing rain storm and it was all kinds of beautiful and troublesome. There are plenty of things to endure in the winter months: dangerous roads, the long months of horrible cold, slippery sidewalks, few hours of light, and so on. But there's a beauty that cannot be found anywhere, anytime, but in those same barren lands of winter and to look at the land as it transforms to this white and frozen wonderland is a sight I cherish.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I wish you a great 2015.

health and happiness to you and yours,

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Note Cards

It's been a while! Oh how I have missed my blog and how many times I've come here with the desire of writing but seems that lately there's always something coming up demanding my urgent attention. Anyway, life is good, life is busy and I'm happy because of that :)

December is almost here (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?) and as lately I'm so into making note cards (the picture taking, the printing, the folding, the packing! it sounds silly but I'm loving the whole process so much!) it was only natural the making of a few festive iphoneography cards for your gift giving needs.

There are three different and also, you can get the bundle of three for a little saving. Find them all on my Etsy shop and let's get festive!

Find more details on my shop and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Studio tour with Vuela Vuela Bijoux!

Last week I had the chance to visit the studio space of one of my favourite independent makers in Montreal: Anabel Burin from Vuela Vuela. The happy occasion was due to an even happier event: that I won one of her terrariums on a giveaway she organized on her FB page, yay! Thus I went to pick up my wonderful prize and had the chance to step inside her inspiring workspace that is so magical and whimsical as the accessories and terrariums she designs. 

It was a lovely morning sipping tea from vintage teacups and eating cookies (plus there were also the lovelies seƱorita Cara Carmina and Siam Obregon!). To say that we were chatting like there was no tomorrow it's an understatement! We talked and talked and talked some more. So nice to get together with other people that share the same passion for creative endeavors! 

I asked Anabel about her studio, her work and her inspiration. Read her interview bellow and be ready to get inspired :)

Image via Vuela Vuela on Etsy.

Tell us a little it about yourself.
I was born in Argentina, where I lived until I came to Montreal in 2003 with my family. I must admit I fell in love with this city from the very first day! I loved going around the fripperies, buying second hand clothes and antique jewelry, walking around the plateau, trying different foods from all the cultures that this Island hosts and spending afternoons in the Mont Royal…
I went to Dawson College and graduated from the Professional Photography program. I discovered that I enjoyed portraiture and photojournalism and worked as a photographer for a while. When I finished college, I felt I wanted to complete my education and focus on another realm of the fine arts, so I pursued my studies at Concordia University’s Graphic Design Major.
It was during my studies at Concordia that jewelry design came naturally to me. I designed jewelry since I can remember, and as a child I used to sell beaded animals to my family members and give them to my friends in school as presents. I used to go to my grandma’s house and fix all of her broken necklaces, sometimes I would even keep some beads from each necklace and re-assemble new pieces for her. Jewelry was and still is a passion for me in every sense.

You are a jewellery designer, tell us the story behind Vuela Vuela bijoux.
Well, As I mentioned before the story started since I was a child, playing with beads and antique jewels from my “Bobe Hebe”. But the project of Vuela Vuela was born out of curiosity for playing with different materials, experimenting new media, having a mother that have collected all kinds of antique pieces and trinkets for years and the idea of creating a hand made sustainable product! 
Of Course Vuela Vuela changed and evolved a lot through the years. My education and experience helped me grow and create a mature project that I could eventually present to the public and stores.

Image via Vuela Vuela FB page by Gwylan Goddard.
                        Image via Vuela Vuela FB page by Gwylan Goddard.

How do you describe your line of jewellery.
The main idea behind the line is to offer ludique and playful accessories. Each piece is a unique treasure that tells a story with which its user can relate, a story that is shared between me (the maker) and the person wearing it.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by people, the infinite stories that live around us, the different cultures, styles, colors, textures and smells. I am mostly inspired by my Argentinean identity and family story. One of my favorite things in the world is to browse through our family photo albums and memorize each picture, the outfits, landscape and expressions of the people...I think images from the past is my biggest inspiration.

Where do you create? 
I have an atelier at my place, in St Henry. It is a bright room with lots of furniture, some strange objects and boxes.

What do you like the best about your studio space?
I love having shelves full of souvenirs from the different places I’ve traveled and gifts from my friends and family (usually tiny animal statues and dolls). They keep me company while I work.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your new line of terrariums? how did it all started?
The terrarium idea came to me after a trip to Portland. That city has an amazing weather for vegetation and a community of people who really care about arranging their gardens and growing things. I brought my brother a tiny terrarium as a gift and thought it would look funny to make little garden gnomes for it. So there I went and designed miniature figurines and when I stared at it, it was clear that I had to start creating my own.

What would be your best advice about developing a new line of products.
I think the most important point is to catch an idea that has been in your heard for a long time, focus on it, do a lot of research and practice until you have a result that satisfies you. It might take months or years to come up with the right tools and materials that will make your product be a good quality and unique one.

What do you enjoy the most about being a maker?
I enjoy that when I start creating I find it hard to stop. I enjoy every single part of the process. I enjoy that VuelaVuela is not my job, but rather my passion.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about being an independent designer?
The economic instability is hard. We need to always plan ahead since we don’t know what is coming next month. The responsibility that your success is in your own hands is also a lot of pressure…

What do you daydream of?
I would love to start selling a bit more on my online shop, go to markets outside Quebec, have a bigger working space, get some help and to eventually add different kinds of products to the line.

Thank you so much for your insight and for receiving me at your studio, Anabel! 

And here, look at the VuelaVuela terraium I won!

Isn't absolutely lovely? Honestly, every time I see my terrarium my mind wanders to fantastic places and I feel like a child again, when I used to look at beautiful gardens and imagined a wonderland world within. I love it!

If you want to know more about VuelaVuela, connect with Anabel here:

Thank you!