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.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Ostara/Eaostre/Easter

Gentle Lady, unfurling spring.
Tender green...new life bring.
Hares spiralling, fertility dance
Eostre casts Her magic glance!
The gift of life softly given
Within the hare's egg...sacred, hidden.
-Wendy Andrew
Painting by Wendy Andrew

Spring is my favorite season; earth is awakened from it's slumber, birds are singing, flowers are bursting forth and everything is green.  I know, I sound so corny but I'm a romantic at heart and the energy at Spring time is wonderful.  I hope you have a wonderful Easter Sunday!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Origins Passion and Beliefs Artists Announced by Not Just a Label

   With Origins: Passion and Beliefs Fair roughly two weeks ago, the press and hype is building up; within my studio and with NJAL.

Below is the press release and image corresponding with Stone, aka the jewelry section of the fair.  The Fair divided the artists by industry; textiles, technology, metal and leather.  I'm still astounded that somehow I was selected to participate and nonetheless the only artist not from New York City.  I'm truly proud that I will be representing North Carolina as well as a alumni of East Carolina University School of Art and Design.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reality Check

I've been mulling over the last few days on writing a post that is transparent and up front.  I'm the type of person that likes to stay up beat and positive.  Yup, a big but is coming...but there are days where I get sad, conflicted, anxious and so worried about the future and if I'm cut out for doing this long term.  I recently wrote in my business journal some of my fears and then realized, that I couldn't imagine myself working in any other profession otherwise I wouldn't work so damn hard!

It's especially conflicting because I've put so much into my business, it's my baby and I'd hate to see it grow up into a failure.  Don't get me wrong, failing is part of the process, I know, but I want so passionately to make my dream become a prosperous (aka profitable) business.  I'm only two years in starting my business and from what I've read it does take more than several years to see a return on investment, so all I need to do is be patient, right?

In a field that is filled to the brim of talented artists, it is quite easy to play the comparison game, however what I've tried to do is mentally change the 'comparing game' to, "What did she do to get that" or "what is her strategy".  In this way, I use other successful business owners as a model of what to do right.   But still, I will admit there is that tiny moment where I am filled with envy then helplessness.

 There are daily reminders though that I'm making progress, every sale, every positive feedback from customers and friends encourages me to keep on track and that I must be doing something right.  So with that I will end on a positive note/image.

Thank you for reading my mini-vent session. 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Now selling on Local Eclectic

Some more wonderful unexpected news and places Eilisain Jewelry is now being carried.

Local Eclectic is a wonderful online shop that supports independent artists and makers.  The community of companies with this ethos is rapidly growing, and I'm more than happy to be a part of it.  I was so excited to see Local Eclectic use one of the fantastic photos by Aileen Devlin as their website and FB page.

You can read my personal interview with Alexis of Local Eclectic on their website.  

 The Vespa Collection is just one of the lines Local Eclectic is carrying.  So I had to share some fun photos of the pieces.

This Vespa druzy ring looks like candy!

Per usual, thx for stoppin by!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Woman crush, Lykke Li - No Rest for the Wicked

New song and album from Lykke, she is so talented.  I saw her years ago at the Black Cat in DC (many memories made there).  I can't wait to purchase her new album. 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Epona revisited

Several weeks ago, I did a mini photo shoot with my photographer Aileen Devlin.  We were shooting my new collection Valkyrie, however the overall images didn't come out as I'd planned.  We will reshoot the collection, however I snuck in the Epona necklace, I made way back in 2011.  I'm so glad I did, Madison, my model rocks it!

The necklace has made somewhat of a resurgence, interest by press has surfaced and I've now been commissioned to make a second necklace.  It's got me thinking that I need to make several more statement pieces; especially in preparation for my trip to Italy for the Origins fair.   I will keep you posted on these pieces.  Now, all I need to do is find the time to make them!

Epona Necklace, 2011, owned by Nan Lapata.  Sterling silver, steer antler and steel.
Photo by Aileen Devlin. Model Madison Schiller
As always, thank you for reading.  

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Uptown Greenville ArtWalk

I'm really thrilled at how much Uptown Greenville has been working to support the arts & culture in Greenville.  Hopefully, it'll only get better!
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Faces of Local

Since sending my work to Michele, I've been impressed with how supportive she is of independent artists and realized how essential gallerist like her are to the handmade community.   Thank you Michele (and you) for your constant support of shopping local and supporting handmade artisans!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ethereal photography

Katerina Plotnikova's images are so beautiful, ethereal and romantic, I want to live in them.

The image with the bear is a bit scary but still gorgeous.  You can see more of her gorgeous photos here.  Enjoy and get lost in the magic.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Valkyrie Collection SS14 coming soon

These past several days have been so busy; I'm prepping final pieces for a photoshoot for the debut of the Valkyrie Collection, May 5th.  The photoshoot is this weekend, so I need to get as many pieces done as possible.  Without having an assistant, you can imagine my stress level, somedays I feel completely overwhelmed and other days I'm so proud of how I do it all! 

There are several pieces of inspiration for this new collection, I wanted it to reflect the overall aesthetic of Eilisain Jewelry, inspiration and mythology, but also one of hope and renewal of the spring and summer months.  I can't say that my recent obsession with History channel tv show Vikings hasn't come in to play, but the final decision for the collections name came from a Goddess card deck that I always go to for wisdom and advice.  The Valkyrie is the Goddess of the afterlife, she guides the dead to the underworld.   Though many would associate death with the end of life, I've felt that is is a new beginning, one that is shrouded in mystery as really we do not know what happens afterwards.  

With this collection I'm also using faceted gemstones, forged sterling silver and gold filled copper.  I wanted a mix of materials that represent this ideal of renewal and growth.  I hope you like this sneak peak of it, I'll keep you posted over the next month, as it will be debuting in Italy for the Origins fair.  

As always, thank you for reading! 

Valkyrie Collection SS14
Valkyrie ring, sterling silver and faceted amethyst.  Photo by Lisette Fee, 2014

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Cement + Jewelry = very cool

Jim Cotter is quite a rebel in the art jewelry field; he does alot of experimentation and loves working with uncommon materials, such as cement.  

I received word that my good friend Tara Locklear is assisting Jim this summer, and of course had to share it with you.  From what I've heard, Haystack Mountain School of Craft is a beautiful retreat to work in.  Check it out and sign up for this awesome class!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

featured in French Elle magazine

Yesterday I received  exciting news, The Hunted Crow Claw ring was featured in the January 2014 issue of French Elle magazine! This is the first, major publication feature for Eilisain Jewelry and I could not be happier that it'd be in the pages of Elle, one of my favorite fashion mags.  

Below is the clip of the feature.  This comes from the wonderful partnership with Boticca, they have a showroom in Paris and invited fashion and accessory editors to view jewelry from their designers, and I was one of them!
The Hunted sterling silver crow claw ring with amethyst.  
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Well hello there

A photo Art Avenue intern Ryan snapped of me.  Just hangin' out in front of the jewelry.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Womanhood Enshrined Exhibition at the Art Room

A week ago today was International Woman's Day and Nelle owner of the Art Room Gallery in Greenville, NC invited selected artists to participate in an exhibition to celebrate the day, Womanhood Enshrined.   

The pieces touched upon the many ways a woman defines herself in society as well as the struggle to maintain so many roles; daughter, mother, wife, professional, goddess etc.   Below are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibition.

I loved this piece, all the delicate and symbolic treasures of a woman
Always loved this artist work.

And my piece, Lady of Life and Death, 2011
And me with my bestie, Paula Chrismon.  
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Philip Crangi

Great interview and honesty from a veteran jeweler.  I've always loved his work, especially the finer jewelry.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Aequus Nox Exhibition

Many days this year, I've felt like I could pinch myself, such wonderful opportunities have come my way.

The Aequus Nox being one of them, Alejandro and his team at Equinox dream up the best shows - and I get to participate.  I'm honored to be among the talented artists in Aequus Nox exhibition.  

I was especially thrilled to participate as it gave me the opportunity to work with gold filled copper and my lapis lazuli stone that I've had for about 8 years.  I'd been saving it for just the right piece.  I wanted to use a golden metal (but not gold - SO expensive) to reflect the sun transitioning into the Spring equinox.   I'm very pleased with the outcome.  I hope you are too!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Very Merry Birthday to me, and you!

As I've done every year, since I first opened my Etsy shop, I'm having a birthday SALE!  

I feel extra generous around this time of year, because I love celebrating and I want to share it with you.
Use coupon code: BIRTH35 at checkout

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

RAW Charlotte Awakening wrap up

Just a short post about the RAW Charlotte show I did last month.  It was alot of fun and the RAW team was so supportive and amazing.  From the event director, Heather McAlpine to the photography team.

Below are some of the great shots Rhett Bingham, the photographer took.  I have to say, it was great having someone there to shoot images 'cause I was so busy setting up and getting ready.

This is just a great shot of jewelry and my lookbook!

I felt so cheesy in the photo but I really like how it turned out.
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