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.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Moving On collective

Being in a class with people from all over the world and of different experiences really introduces you to ideas and concepts that may not come to you otherwise.

Sophie Main is one of the students in our class that is at Penland on a scholarship from London.  Sophie's work at RCA (Royal College of Art) deals with the history of objects, collecting and cataloguing  historical works and objects.  I've really enjoyed watching her thinking process in the objects and sketches she's done in class.

Sophie is also part of the Moving On collective, a group of artists from RCA that created a wonderful interactive exhibition.  The artists carried/wore their jewelry on ribbons and the piece was placed in a jar to protect the object but then could be taken out to show the viewer.  

Once again, I just really enjoy these kinds of projects, creating an event and/or method to introduce art jewelry to the public, making art accessible and less confined.  I hope you enjoy the video!
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

I'm at Penland!

So here it is another beautiful and glorious summer at Penland.  We're only four days in and I'm just loving it!  I'm learning alot and having fun at the same time.  I'm assisting my good friend Amir Friedman.  He is teaching a kinetics adornment class which covers so much yet it's essential to learn in jewelry and metalsmithing.

this will be brief as I'm also working on several projects and commissions all at once! Below are 'sketches' in wire of springs and forming them in endless ways.

I'll continue to post more over the several days and weeks so stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Because of the night

Last weekend I worked with my good friend Paula (owner of The Closet Consignment boutique) to shoot some photos of my jewelry for my upcoming debut on Boticca.  

Ashleigh Bowden was my model, isn't she beautiful? I love her dark features and she wears my jewelry SO well.  All of these photos are also attached to the jewelry on my Eilisain Etsy shop!

And psst, don't forget I'm still having my summer SALE, 20% off all my jewelry, use coupon code: SUMMA20.
Ashleigh wearing the resurrection ring, bear claw charm pendant and several other necklaces.
Looking enchanting with the crow claw pendant.

My fav earrings, the beaver teeth hoop earrings.

A masquerade!

and wearing the triple owl talon pendant with purple fluorite stone.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Werk it

I still can't get over how sexy and glamorous this photo is of my customer Anja of Germany, she looks gorgeous and the ring is perfect on her!!!

Anja wearing the silver triple crow claw ring with black tourmaline chip.  Available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summa SALE

Don't miss out on my summer sale! Enjoy 20% off ALL MY jewelry in my Etsy shop

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Monday, July 8, 2013

why buy handmade?

I've been thinking about this topic for the past several days; the importance it means to artisans and local business' that the general public understand the meaning of 'handmade' and buying local.

I'll tell you how buying handmade affects my life.  Whenever I make a sale, it means I can pay my rent, car payments, buy new equipment, get groceries and maybe one day have employees.  I always tell my friends that it means your putting dollars back into your neighbors wallet. 

I also thought of the other angle, that 'hey, I'm shopping for a bargain' which, I'm almost always doing.  However, I also want something to last and be worth my money.  I'll admit, I love going to TJ Maxx and getting something on clearance.  But nowadays its for necessities; like running shorts or shoes not a candle or a coffee mug.  I made a conscientious about seven years ago that instead of buying crap, like tshirts from Forever 21 or Target, that I'd save my money and wait for something that I knew would last, even if it meant wearing or using old things that I was tired of.   

When I'm searching for a wedding gift, I buy handmade, or any gift really.  Buying handmade means supporting your local economy as well as the artisan economy.  There is a deeper meaning and story behind the object you purchase and that's special and worth spending good money.

So with all that said, I urge you to do the same.  Invest in pieces that are unique, one of a kind and keep the history of handmade objects alive.  
Me, using my hands to make individual and memorial pieces.  
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013


this song is now trapped in my song due to my friend introducing it to me.  

when I used to DJ and even a few years ago, I was all about discovering new music and now, it's fallen by the wayside.

enjoy and happy 4th of July, be safe!
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