Conversations with an Artist: Betsy & Iya

Conversations with an Artist: Betsy & Iya

Betsy & Iya is the jewelry line designed by Betsy Cross and run with her husband Will Cervarich, out of Portland, Oregon. We love their varied influences, approachable and fun culture, and their celebration of beauty in details big and small. Betsy's response to our interview really gives you great insight into what moves her.
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Conversations with an Artist: Mariella Pilato

Conversations with an Artist: Mariella Pilato

Mariella designs bold, sexy statement pieces that will add texture and depth to your wardrobe in a way we really haven't come across before. Her architectural references  and use of organic materials in unusual ways reflect sophisticated taste and innovation. These are strong, fierce pieces that link her Italian heritage of heroic legends, myths and mermaids with the magical history and ancient arts of the Indonesian archipelago. In her collection, Mariella pushes both her imagination and creativity to new artistic levels. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Kelly Shimoda of Shimoda Ceramics

Conversations with an Artist: Kelly Shimoda of Shimoda Ceramics

Kelly Shimoda of Shimoda Ceramics makes hand built ceramics, including jewelry, tableware, and sculptural pieces. Her work has a visceral quality, inspired by observations of landscape, the natural world, textiles, and metallic elements. Her blocks and figures capture a strong element of play. Her wallhangings beg to be transformed regularly. Her jewelry is a study in texture, both tactile and visual.
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Conversations with an Artist: Olivia Shih

Conversations with an Artist: Olivia Shih

We were struck by the geometric and architectural shapes featured in Olivia Shih's jewelry collection. They have bold strength and at the same time an elegant grace. She hand sculpts each piece transforming the acrylic into textural jewelry. Olivia's collection just landed across the Bay from her Oakland studio. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Elizabeth Strathern of Franny E Fine

Conversations with an Artist: Elizabeth Strathern of Franny E Fine

We have been coveting the work of Elizabeth Strathern for a few years. Her hand-formed jewelry speaks to craft in the most brilliant of raw meets delicate meets fierce heroine. Her Franny E Fine collection masterfully melds together ancient themes with contemporary design and subjects. We're thrilled to feature this jewelry in the shop and take you behind the scenes of a modern mind with our interview.
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Conversations with an Artist: Nan Collymore

Conversations with an Artist: Nan Collymore

We love meeting new designers and artists and especially the exposure to their inner, and often, most vulnerable selves. Nan Collymore is a deep, expressive artist and a beautiful human. She has a stunning body of work. We love how differently she expresses herself in her delicate wall hangings vs her statement jewelry. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Jeffrey Levin

Jeffrey Levin is a master jeweler and the co-founder of Poet and/the Bench. Jeffrey designs his signature jewelry collection and custom jewelry commissions under the eponymous Jeffery Levin brand. Jeffrey and his wife, Bonnie Powers, build on their passion for discovery through co-curation of an elevated mix of designers and mid century modern found goods. The Poet and/the Bench edit reflects a considered fascination with narrative, taste and a devotion to craft.
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Conversations with an Artist: Austyn Taylor

Conversations with an Artist: Austyn Taylor

We were captivated by Austyn's imaginative personification of animist history, especially her modern and refined pieces that in their restraint exude a graphic quality. "Toro" was created specifically with Poet and/the Bench in mind and he is so stinken cute, we hope you'll come by just to spend some time with him... but in your home, divine!
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Conversations with an Artist: Esther Sullivan

Conversations with an Artist: Esther Sullivan

We met Esther and were enamored with her metal work–the combination of 14k and 18k gold with oxidized silver and reticulation, hammering and patina techniques. Each of Esther's jewelry pieces are individually made, giving them a one-of-a-kind feel. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Kalla Mcguire of Küdd:krig

Conversations with an Artist: Kalla Mcguire of Küdd:krig

Kalla Mcguire is the founder and designer of Küdd:krig, a home goods label out of Long Beach, CA. We were attracted to the unique designs that capture the inspiration and aesthetics of the West Coast while also reminiscent of what we love about Scandinavian design. Come get cozy with these texturally cool, artfully made pieces!
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Conversations with an Artist: Matthew Schildkret of Late Sunday Afternoon

Conversations with an Artist: Matthew Schildkret of Late Sunday Afternoon

Matthew Schildkret is the founder of Late Sunday Afternoon, his brand and retail store in Venice, CA. Matthew sews his line of scarves, ascots, pocket squares and bandanas from locally sourced dead-stock fabric; benefitting the planet and with limited edition styles, gets us all coveting each new launch. We love these yummy accessories and how Matthew and his team are a force for good in the world. We're happy to have discovered Late Sunday Afternoon.

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Conversations with an Artist: Maddalena Bearzi

Conversations with an Artist: Maddalena Bearzi

Maddalena Bearzi is a jewelry designer, scientist and author. We love that in Maddalena’s jewelry, you can see the influences of her work in the natural environment. Her textile jewelry and one-of-a-kind metal jewelry are organic, earthy, elegant and with that right bit of edge.
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