Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
My love for plastics began before the age of 10, when I used to take yogurt cups, color them with crayons and then “slump” them in the oven. They became these cool, colorful disks that I would then turn into mobiles and hang all over the house.
The fascination continued through my youth as I experimented with Timaplast plastic crystals, which is similar to Makit and Bakit sun catchers in America. I created hundreds of little plastic stained-glass-like creatures baking them in our oven on a cookie sheet.
In the 80s, I went to the School for Glass and Jewelry at Neugablonz in Germany. Neugalblonz is a small town known for manufacturing gorgeous glass beads and buttons. As part of our first year curriculum, we had a class in lampworking glass beads.
In response to the color trends of the time, students played with vibrant anodized metals, discarded glass beads from the factory and other bold materials. However, after much materials exploration I found my way back to colored plastics, which are more forgiving to work with than glass.
After graduation, in my jewelry studio I set up a simple plastics workshop complete with toaster oven and other rudimentary heating equipment. It took some trial and error, a lot of patience and some luck, but I was able to create a line of jewelry pieces that incorporated both my trademark industrial-looking metals with playful plastics and even interchangeable parts. The plexi-bracelets became very popular and I still sell them to this day.
In the 90s when I came to the United States, I was influenced by the grand size and scope of the buildings and spaces; it made me want to create larger pieces. I took classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, which encouraged mixing medias. I played with stone carving, photography, computers and applied my sculptural approach and my adoration for plastics to lamp-making.
Green plexiglas strip lamp, brass; Triangle plexiglas lamp, brass with frosted plexi rods; Pink plexiglas strip lamp
While I was enchanted by light, color and design, I later concluded that producing lamps on a larger scale was cost-prohibitive. Although, I still enjoy an occasional one-of-a-kind commission.
Today, my love affair with plastics is still strong, but I have found new influence in organic materials and have replaced a lot of the pop color with a slightly more subdued palate rich with textures. However, I still find myself drawn to “old” glass beads and gemstones that are reminiscent of the colorful influences in my past.
Old bohemian glass beads with 18K gold; Two stingray bracelets with gemstones; Colorful vintage czech glass beads sterling.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Skull motifs are cropping up everywhere from Hello Kitty to high fashion runway. Halo Designs has taken a really elegant (and anatomical correct) approach to this theme by creating a gorgeous Skull Keychain out of sterling silver. You won’t want to hide this gorgeous piece in your pocket.
Suit dressing and gentlemanly style are making a come back. Add the finishing touches to your French dress shirt with a classy pair of silver cufflinks as seen on the runways in Milan.
Halo Designs, hand carved and cast snake head and tail with hand forged sterling foxtail chain. Sterling Silver, Black Diamonds and 14K White Gold, $1900
Halo Designs, Black Stingray Leather with Sterling Clasp, Black Patina and Onyx, $1050
Both men and women’s runways are featuring animal prints and exotic skins for fall 2010. Take a look at what Missoni, Burberry and Armani have added to this wild scene, then visit Julia Groos at Halo Designs to order one of her amazing limited-edition stingray skin cuffs.
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