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Friday, September 19, 2014

RISD Visit



I took a little drive to Providence, RI on Wednesday to spend the day with a senior jewelry BFA professional practices class. I gave a lecture about my career and my work and then answered questions about my process, business practices, residencies and more. We had several hours to talk and it was fantastic to connect with them. The class is lead by Jennaca Davies and she was a wonderful host as she toured me around RISD's impressive facilitates. She also made a point to take me to the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab, an all-in-one cabinet of curiosities and library. I could have spent hours there just pouring over every single specimen from moss to jaw bones. Finally, I made a stop in Lenox, MA to visit Sienna Gallery. This was my first time there and it did not disappoint. I loved seeing the work of Daniel Kruger, whose solo exhibition "Angle of Incidence" is currently on view.

the work of Daniel Kruger at Sienna Gallery

forming room at RISD

skeletons at the Nature Lab

moss and lichen at the Nature Lab

seed pods at the Nature Lab

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Final Day


Today is the last day of my Etsy sale… please continue to enjoy 25% off all collection jewelry all day. It's been a great sale and I'm grateful to everyone who bought pieces over the last ten days. Thanks also for liking my shop and favoriting different items. Your support means a lot to me!





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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Memory in Color


I really love my new Iceland Palette because it reminds me of my favorite place, obviously. I could get lost in thought looking at that Glacier blue and Moss green… I might make some one-of-a-kind pieces using my new colors this fall, but in the meantime, I'm happy to create fresh collection pieces and try older designs. For this Wednesday, here are several new pieces: a faceted round shape with a little dimension, a horizontally-oriented pin and a very happy, yellow two-part pendant. Wear any of these with you favorite t-shirt or that dress you adore, the minimal and antique-inspired aesthetic suits most anything. 




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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Balance


Balance has been on my mind a lot lately, as I'm sure you can imagine given the ideas behind some of my other new Etsy pieces. Today's necklace includes two ever-so-slightly-different teardrops spaced a little bit apart and suspended from a delicate chain at the same length on either side. It's a balanced design with a mix of symmetry and asymmetry, and in my favorite color from my new Iceland Palette: Glacier... I also added Teardrop earrings in Glacier to match. 

The sale continues through this Thursday, September 18.





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Monday, September 15, 2014

Little Tower


Something low-key to ease into the week: super-simple Line Drawings rings. Sold separately but very-stackable… the sale is on for four more days!


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Complements


A few matching pendants to complement my latest Line Drawings earrings, which I introduced on Monday... These Ovals and Arced Ovals are delicate and modern, simple and sculptural. Each piece includes multiple elements which can be slipped on and off the chain easily and worn together or separately. Please stop by the shop, AmyTavernJewelry, to view these pieces and all my other new items. All collection jewelry is on sale until September 18! 





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Thursday, September 11, 2014

In Between Worlds


Last year, before I moved to my parents' house from Asheville, I told some friends that I felt like I was "in between worlds" and this sentiment remains intact today. I find myself "in between" in my work and where I want to live; I'm split between jewelry and installation/sculpture, I'm split between the US and Iceland, and I'm split between family obligations and the studio. This divided feeling lingers at the surface and informs my work whether I'm conscious of it or not.

When I was designing new work for my History Repeats Collection, I started by playing around with existing forms and as I moved pieces in front of me, I remembered something my friend, Jen Townsend, said. It was something like "if you're stuck on a piece, cut it apart." And, that's exactly what I did. I divided my Sentiment teardrop shape in half with my saw frame and began working with the parts. I went on to design three incredibly simple pieces I'm calling "Split Sentiment," which seems wonderfully appropriate right now.

We are often split or divided in our lives in lots of different ways and these moments test us. They can also bring out the best in us. My Split Sentiment Earrings and Pendant are for these moments, both beautiful and challenging.






Please visit my Etsy shop, AmyTavernJewelry, to view these pieces and more new work. Everything is 25% off from now until September 18!

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