Monday, October 07, 2013
A Few Vintage Kits....and a New Jewelry Book to Come!
After making jewelry for the past 20 plus years....I am always a bit surprised to find that I am still making jewelry and designing kits with vintage materials. Walking into some of my favorite warehouses in New York and Los Angeles I am constantly surprised to hear the owner say "And look at what I uncovered last week...thought you might want these early Italian glass cameos" Um...yes!
I started buying vintage glass beads twenty-five years ago, on a whim, because I liked the colors better than the new beads. I never imagined that all these years later I would still be buying beads and designing jewelry...I really thought it was a hobby! But, I guess that's the great thing about hobbies...if they turn into your life work...you are lucky!
One of my very favorite quotes is: Let the beauty of what you love be what you do...by the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi. I have attempted to follow that quote in my day to day activity and I think it has turned into a wonderful ride...one that I am thankful for everyday.
Not only do we have some new limited vintage kits available on our website - in a retro Fall palette - we are also working on our next book....a jewelry book similar to our first book, French-Inspired Jewelry. Filled with lots of colorful inspiration, this book will cover a year of jewelry making - highlighting all of the French holidays and festivities.
Meanwhile...if you need to learn how to make jewelry, check out the workshops at French General...we are always adding in a monthly jewelry workshop to keep you up to date on different techniques and styles.
Posted by Kaari Marie