Eilisain aka Lisette in Gaelic

Welcome to my blog, where I document my process in making jewelry, muse on the influence of art and the joy of making beautiful objects.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Momentary Myth opening reception

The photos are here from the opening night of the Momentary Myth joint exhibition with Sim Asher, all of the photos were taken by Aileen Devlin's Dad, Mr. Devlin.  He did a great job capturing the evenings attendees and all of us celebrating.

I could seriously pinch myself, I feel so lucky for the supportive community in Greenville.  People are always willing to contribute and do what they can to provide exposure for up and coming artists like Sim and I.  

Anywho, enough of that, below are the photos!
The team: Sterling Lieske, Aaron Iaquinto, Sim Asher, Nikki Lee, Khristie Thomas
me, Ashleigh Bowden, Meagan Wilson
Paige Thomas, Meagan Wilson and an attendee.  
Great photo of the displays.
Deer antler jawbone and the Deep Sea bronze sea horse pendant.
Old friends came out and it really made the evening better!
Me chattin' it up with Ellen Hinrichs of Geoflora Jewelry.
My work bench.
Great shot of the back studio space at Art Avenue. 
My fiance is so supportive, always comes out to cheer me on.
Aileen Devlin and Claire Edwards,
two awesome women working to bring arts to the Greenville community. 
My jewelry on display for the exhibition.
Stylish ladies at the exhibition.  
Processing a sale!  
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Friday, June 28, 2013

It's written on the walls

About the project "The Richmond Mural Project is a yearly event with the goal of creating over 100 murals by world renown talent in the first 5 years alone. The recurrence and solidification of the project throughout this time will establish Richmond as a landmark destination for internationally recognized murals and will create exposure for the city, establishing it as a premier art destination.  By concentrating a large number of murals throughout the city the project will increase tourism and will bring the much needed “Feet on the Street” which will help local business thrive.  Along with this mission there are many additional benefits that these murals will bring to the city of Richmond.  These murals will serve as positive catalysts for change by specifically placing them in areas that are in disrepair. These environments include neighborhoods with abandoned buildings and low foot traffic, areas with high crime, and newly developed areas in need of identity."

I wish Greenville would do something like this.  Having art out of the gallery and on the street shares the beauty of what art is all about.

Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eilisain Jewelry Lookbook

I realized the other night that I completely forgot to post photos from the Momentary Myth photoshoot on my blog! Of course, all of these photos are on my website but I still like to share images on the bloggedy blog.  

Sim and I worked really well together on this project because our styles are so similar and we're friends with the models too.  I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity to work with Sim and Spike, my videographer.  Speaking of, if you haven't seen the Momentary Myth video, it's pretty awesome...
Aaron modeling the Keeper ring.  Bronze 18kt gold plated bronze.
Sim Asher photography.  All rights reserved.
Ashleigh wearing the Deep Sea one of a kind necklace.
Sim Asher photography.  All rights reserved.
Sterling wearing the beaver teeth earrings and the Hunted crow claw pendant.  Sim Asher photography.
All rights reserved.
Awesome shot of the Epona ring and the Hunted ring.
Sim Asher photography.  All rights reserved.
Sterling wearing the Epona one of a kinda necklace and ring.
Sim Asher photography.  All rights reserved.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Gettin' there

As you know, I've been working very hard on getting my jewelry out across the country in shops and boutiques.  And I'm proud to say I've got a couple new places my work is being carried.

Ghost Gallery in Seattle, Washington.  Laurie Kearney carries limited edition prints, small scale sculpture, miniature works of art and of course jewelry.  

Not Just a Label is a UK based company that primarily sells online exposing small and independent designers to the public, especially stylists and fashionistas.  Check out my shop on their website.
The Eilisain Jewelry pieces sold on NJAL are exclusive and not sold on my website.

I will also soon be selling my jewelry on Eide Magazine website, a company based out of Atlanta, Georgia that celebrates all culture and art based in the South.  
The Hunted owl talon ring in bronze.  Just took a new photo of this ring.  
 Stay tuned as I've got some more up coming projects in the works.  So far, the year is going pretty good!

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Monday, June 24, 2013


Just discovered Deedee Cheriel's pieces via Coolhunting.

I love the mix of bright colors and emotive expressions.  Her work is now on display at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA.  This series of work is called "Episodes in Abundant Oasis".
Image courtesy of Coolhunting.  
Image courtesy of Coolhunting.  
Image courtesy of Coolhunting.  
Hope you enjoyed reading and had a great summer weekend!
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mercury Studio

I've been following Mercury Studio for awhile now and it's really great to meet the founders and learn more about how they are creating such a welcoming space for entrepreneurs in the Durham area.

I hope you'll help them out with their cause.

And as always, thank you for reading!
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Behind the Brooch book

I'm surprised that someone hadn't thought up the idea of this book before; however I'm so very happy that Lorena Angulo was the one to curate and launch the book.  She is a woman of force, constantly working in new mediums and experimenting.  I always enjoy reading her blog and facebook updates. 

Below is the cover of the book.  I seriously, CAN'T wait to get my hands on it, I'll have to wait about 14 months!    
The book will be available in February 2014 at Schiffer publishing.
 It's something of an inside thing, with jeweler's and metalsmiths that we always look at the back of a brooch; to study it and see how the designer utilized the back and incorporated design elements.  As with any object that is handmade or meant to last, it's so important to consider each part and function of the object.  

I'm very excited to say that I'll have two brooches featured in the book, this will be the first time I'll be published in a book!!!!  Can you tell how thrilled I am? 
Orthoceras brooch back, 2011
Be sure to bookmark Schiffer publishing and save the book to purchase next year.  Thanks for reading!
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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Detailers

Sweet lil' video of a jeweler working in her studio. 
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summerrrr SALE

Take advantage of this SALE today, SHOP on my Eilisain Etsy site
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Song of the Day: Beth Orton "Central Reservation"

This used to be my jam, and album, back in the day.

Enjoy it with me.  Happy Tuesday.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

In case I haven't mentioned

You can follow Eilisain Jewelry on all the fun social platforms.  On each of these platforms I give you a unique snippet of what I find interesting, fun and relevant to Eilisain Jewelry.  

Pinterest anyone? Some of my new jewelry gets posted on Pinterest, along with inspiring and funny images. 

Oh yes and Twitter, follow EilisainJewelry.  

Of course I'm on FB, I love sharing special sales and coupon codes on this platform. 

And I believe my most favorite is Instagram.  Showing you inside views of my studio, and the gallery space that I work at (aka Art Avenue).  
I hope you'll follow me on any or all of these platforms.  
Thanks for reading!
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013


I didn't think or perhaps prepare myself for one day I'd be accused of 'ripping off' another jeweler but it happened.  It's so disheartening and a struggle to push out the negativity but I'm getting there.  I've always been the kind of person that just keeps moving on, to not let the naysayers bring me down, and I'm going to keep on doing just that!

I'll flesh out this story with how I came across the beautiful crow claw my fiance found when he was a kid, he's kept it for over 15 years and thought perhaps I could do something with it.   I believe it was almost two years ago that I started making a pendant and ring with the wax models I had.  Of course, it didn't cross my mind that I was making something revolutionary, I couldn't have been the first one to think up using a crow claw in jewelry.  And I wasn't.  There are many jewelers on the internet that use all kinds of animal parts (humanely I hope) with their jewelry.  And I wouldn't think they were 'ripping me off' because I borrowed from nature, which I didn't create.
The Hunted: bronze crow claw ring with black tourmaline.
I want to tell you that it is the story, the image and idea behind my jewelry that I'd like the public to enjoy.  What I make is very much rooted in myth and story; animals are very interconnected to humans and sharing in this relationship is the mythology and history of how we interact with animals.  

It is really up to you whether or not you like the style and manner that I present my jewelry.

Now, I will take the stance that under no circumstances do I believe it is okay to directly 'copy' another artists or jewelers work.  And the public and you will see the difference between which is an original and which is a fake.  With that being said, there are many instances in a field, especially art, where one can see a similarity, a likeness but understand that each artist is unique in their presentation.  It is human nature to be influenced, but it stops when they consistently copy another person and try to present the entire body of work (that was copies) as their own.

I hope that this post helps you to distinguish between my jewelry and others.

Thanks for reading!

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