Updating

Recently I’ve spent most of my time updating information on my growing number of pages online and on social media. For example my about pages were all quite old and outdated (e.g. “ I just finished Uni”…) and since I now live in a new place again I figured it was a good idea to let people know where my work is made and sent from. All this admin work is of course very important and necessary but as most creative people I wish I could skip it and just make all the time. Hopefully one day in the future I can get someone to help me do the admin and marketing and I can focus on the making but in order to get to that point I need to do it for now.

However, a few times I’ve had to get off the computer and transform our dinner table into a workbench for the sake of sanity.

makeshift work bench

I have a box full of half finished project with me and as I’ve gone through and updated collections online I also notice I need to complement with new pieces here and there. Please let me know if there is a particular collection you like but missing your favourite type of jewellery. It’s easy to get stuck making the things that I usually wear (earrings) or I know tend to sell which of course is all good, but I noticed the other day that I’ve hardly made any bracelets at all and it’s been quite a while since I made a brooch (oh that centre piece of contemporary jewellery….).

Here are some new geometric pieces that will soon (next dinner table transformation) become more earrings (…I know…) and rings, and I will also make sure to make some cufflinks in that pattern as I just today received a question if I had any.

geometric process

Rearranging shapes and half finished work, putting bits and pieces together and photographing different arrangements is very typical of me and it is often how I develop new work, by playing around on my bench. I really like the constellation of these together and perhaps I will make something bigger with this in mind at some point…

Yesterday I also gathered enough courage to go around to a few local design shops and ask about the process to retail with them, hopefully by next year (as most places are on their last week before holidays now) there will be an opportunity to get in somewhere! Of course if you know of any shops or galleries where you think my work would be well suited, worldwide, don’t hesitate to give me some tips!

So if you don’t already follow me on instagram, like my page on facebook and have checked out my etsy shop and website, go do it now! And if you haven’t visited in a while there should be some new stuff up there, at the very least the about pages should be updated 😉

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New place, new context

It amazes me how good I am at forgetting just how challenging it can be to move to a new place and all of a sudden find yourself in a completely new and unfamiliar context…but here I am again hehe.

So every day is a learning process and a new adventure. Since I got here two weeks ago I have been trying to find out a bit more about how the handmade/contemporary design/jewellery scene works here and fortunately after some internet stalking I have already managed to find some really interesting places and people.

I was so lucky that the first person I got in touch with happened to be super nice and friendly! Her name is Daniella and she is a local jewellery designer/maker here in San José, Costa Rica. Her brand name is elha and you can find out more about her and her work here, she makes some really nice things and my personal favourites are her pieces with natural stones. Daniella has already helped me heaps both by answering my many questions and being so kind to take me to the wonderful workshop/studio/jewellery school where she works: Escuela Crisol.

Crisol is the house and work of Jordi Costa, he is from Spain but has lived in Costa Rica for almost 20 years and runs part of his beautiful house as an artistic jewellery school and studio space. I was so impressed by the main bench space with beautiful natural light and a fantastic view.

I really hope I can go back soon and it would be amazing to have this as a work space and even pick up some new techniques but first focus is getting back into business and try to find some local retailers.

Here is a snap shot from the main studio space at Escuela Crisol with students and Jordi busy at work:

Snapshot Escuela Crisol