Proud to Present: Cado Jewelry by Dorina Camusso

 

One day, a year ago last Fall, owner Maggie found herself walking back to her B&B in Milan after attending a shoe trade show.  She needed an afternoon of decompressing. Shopping the storefronts of the neighborhood seemed like a good way to relax before heading off to dinner.

She walked into a gift shop called Brandstorming where she found locally made gifts and jewelry by Milanese artisans. After buying a necklace she asked the shop owner about the designer and would she be willing to contact Cado on Maggie’s behalf. The shop owner obliged and the next thing you know, Maggie had scheduled herself an appointment for the next day.  Continue reading

Gift Guide: Sparkle & Shine

GIFT GUIDE: Sparkle & Shine

Sparkle & Shine

Jewelry Gift Guide for you or your Sweetie

Whether you’re into mixing your metals or not, here’s a gift guide inspired by the metallic sparkle of silver and gold. Brighten someone’s holiday or just treat yourself to a shiny bauble because you’ve been very good this year!

Gift ideas are listed as follows, left to right, top to bottom.

SILVER:

  1. Socks: Raindrop socks and silver ribbed socks designed by Hansel from Basel. 
  2. Rings: Stackable silver rings designed by Iris Guy. 
  3. Cuff & Earrings: Upper Metal Class
  4. Long Necklace: Designed by Iris Guy

BRONZE, BRASS & GOLD

  1. Cuff: Maslo
  2. Earrings: Fail Jewelry
  3. Necklace: Maslo
  4. Is Was + Will Be: Necklace
  5. Socks: Stance
  6. Pouch: Modern Radar

Not finding what you see on our website? Contact us directly here at the shop. We would be happy to help!

Studio Story: Iris Guy Sofer of Iris Guy Design

Iris Guy is a resident jewelry designer here in Seattle. re-souL has had the continuing privilege of carrying her work since 2003. Originally from Isreal, she studied at the Bazalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her work can be found in small boutiques, the Seattle Art Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. We had a chance to visit her studio and talk to Iris a bit of what influences her and drives her to create her wearable works of art.

Iris Guy working at her soldering table.

Iris Guy at work in her studio.

You live in Seattle now, but you are originally from Israel. What was it like growing up? How did you spend your days? Were you always creative?

…Well, growing up in Israel was fun! Since it’s by the Mediterranean, it is warm most of the year. We used to spend most of our days outside playing with friends (after school of course..).

I was born to a very creative family. My mother is an amazing artist as well as her mother. Ever since I can remember myself, I was surrounded by arts and craft. Creating with whatever we could find, especially from nature. My mother was an art and pottery teacher as her second job, teaching children, so being with her was my default.

Iris Guy earrings

Earrings being prepared for finishing.

How did you get into jewelry design?

I earned my B.Des. in visual communications, but ALWAYS had the need to work with materials, and get my hands dirty 😉 rather than work on the computer all day. I knit and sew whenever I have free time, and my first collection of jewelry was hand crocheted jewelry with silver wire (I used to knit for days with my grandmother…)

Jewelry is my natural passion driven from my love for accessories and wearable art, working and sculpturing small scale with varied materials.

What is your studio like? How long have you been there? 

I’m at the current studio space for the last almost 5 years, and sharing the space with another four talented jewelry designers. I find it great and rewarded the opportunity to engage with other artists, brainstorm and have the creative community around.

How do you record your ideas?

I sketch on whatever I find the moment I have an idea… post it, backside of bills etc…

Do you have an inspiration board? What’s on it right now?

Few accessories made by my daughters, conceptual items I have collected and African beads, wearable art and such.

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Inspiration wall in Iris’ studio space.

You work with several tools in your studio. What tool do you enjoy using most in your design process?

I have plenty of tools… but I love to use my river rocks collection for new organic forms and putting them together. I love a good wire cutter too. 😉

Your collection over the years has grown quite extensive, do you have a favorite piece?

I LOVE the stone necklace and the large Branch necklace. So different and yet so me.

Do you wear any of your pieces?

I mostly wear my small earrings and the big necklaces when I go out… My little son will pull every piece of jewelry I have on.

Tell us about a current project you are working on. What is the inspiration behind it?

Im participating in the upcoming’ 3X2 Redux’ exhibition at Facere gallery which is a collaboration between glass beads artists to jewelry designers… and inspired by the beauty of the glass beads I was given, hoping to find the right balance between my minimalism metal work and the fullness and richness of the glass.

To see more of the Iris Guy Collection go here and here.

Mondays, Maggie Muses: The Geo Trend

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

The influence of geometry has taken a strong hold over art, fashion, interiors, and quite frankly design in general.  Just take a look at these images and you’ll see its pretty hard to avoid identifying this trend.  I heart it! I love the strong lines and the colors.  the patterns and shapes speak to my modernist sensibilities.  Here are some of my favorite geo-things.

 

spring 2013 dresses at Issey Miyaki via fashionista

 

society6 iPhone5 case via designmilk

 

decorative modular wall system “loco”  by ixxi

 

big rock candy mountain by Amy Joy Watson

 

geometric pattern book by kapitza via swiss miss

 

caddo quilt by Meg Callahan

 

geo rings by a merry mishap

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: The Art of the Pleat

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

Art, fashion, architecture and interior design among other things, tend to influence each other.  Even though they are different mediums, artist and designers sometimes pull from the same inspirations.  After awhile, when you start to look at pretty pictures, (which I do a lot, more than I care to admit) you start to recognize certain trends.

For example, I have noticed how a simple pleat can be an influence.  Don’t believe me?  Scroll down and you’ll start to get the picture.

Paper Necklace from Lital Mendel via Design Milk.

Zaha Hadid Architects Pleated Shell Structures

Nicole Farhi Spring 2013 dress

Wedding Invitation by Modern Publicity

Ceramic Jewelry by Moko

See what I mean?

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Bright and Colorful Gifts

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

Update 12/02/13 – the majority of these items are still available in the shop. Please contact us for more information or click on the orange links below the pictures to link to resoul.com.

This year I am thinking about modern colorful gifts for friends and family. The holidays are about getting together and celebrating each other. So why not give someone you love something bright and festive?

Like these ornaments from Alessi. Great as a set, but each one stands out on its own too. Don’t you love the donkey?

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Alessi “Palle Presepe” Ornaments

Ronni Kappos creates colorful wears from German vintage glass. Each design is unique and pleases even the most “hard to shop for” gift recipient.

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Jewelry by Ronni Kappos

Mywalit designs wonderfully well thought out and organized wallets. They come in all shapes and sizes in many color combinations.

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Colorful Wallets by MyWalit

Who doesn’t like fun socks? Happy Socks can really make your feet happy. Really! I dare you to put a pair on and not feel immediate joy.

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Happy Socks for Men and Women

Nico from Maeko Jewelry incorporates bio-resin and wood into her designs, creating modern yet “green” bangles and rings.

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Bio-resin Rings and Bangles by Maeko

All items available at re-souL. Contact here for more information.