Thursday, April 9, 2015

Heat Wave - Look Book


I showed you the other day some of the photos of my new collection + look book and the inspiration behind the new pieces but there are so many more beautiful photos from the look book that I can't help but share them with you!

I was so lucky to work again with the talented photographer Sarah Emily St-Gelais who captured perfectly the feel of my new collection through her lens. And I feel also very fortunate to have worked with an amazing team of lovely, lovely young women that helped me making everything perfect for the photos: Sara Emily as I told you before, Sarah Ladouceur worked her make-up magic; Katherine Berthelot was our beautiful model; All the gorgeous clothing you see is designed and made by Zoe G Kocsis which styled the shoot and Siam Obregon made a little video to document our adventures.

I cannot say enough how grateful I am to have worked with these girls. Their energy, advice, kind words and time were such that I feel humble and grateful to the creative community I live in and to their amazing kindness. Please, if you are reading this, check out their work, they are amazing and so talented, such bright minds!

For the look book, I wanted something simple, fresh, beautiful and uncomplicated to truly bring out the feel of the collection. And now, the look book!


Click on the photos to shop/learn more details about the Heat Wave collection.

Thanks so much for checking out my look book, I hope you like it as much as I do!

xx
Iveth

Jewellery: The Angry Weather
Photography: Sarah Emily St-Gelais
Make up: Sarah Ladouceur
Clothing: Zoe G Kocsis
Model: Katherine Bertehlot


Monday, March 23, 2015

Heat wave



Unexpected.
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! 

Iveth

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.
Iveth


"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



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,
Iveth