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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween SALE

Over the past two years I've noticed that right around October sales really start to pick up and I know, it is closer to the holidays however I believe it's partly due to the fact that Eilisain Jewelry is very much tied to death and rebirth - two words very much associated with Halloween.

The crow and owl are both birds of prey and throughout mythology have represented either being harbingers of death and birds that are between two worlds.

With that I'd like to let you know about a special sale I'm having in honor of Samhain (the original pagan holiday).  Samhain is actually the new year celebration and was a time to reflect upon the past year and a time to honor the dead.  

Use coupon code: WEEN20 to receive 20% off all Eilisain Jewelry in my Etsy shop.  

The Hunted bronze crow claw pendant with a pink tourmaline stone.
$180 but with 20% off = $144
The Hunted bronze small owl talon earrings, $75, with 20% = $60
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Ghost editorial

With Halloween just around the corner, I'm indulging in all things autumn, pumpkin and Samhain related.

And this is perfect timing to present this gorgeous editorial featuring the Resurrection Ring, I'm just in love with every one of these photos, they are romantic, dark, tragic and simply gorgeous.

How the ring landed in this editorial was somewhat luck, Laura Jasorka, owner of Loose Threads boutique carries Eilisain Jewelry and had a friend that wanted to use my jewelry for this spread.  I'm very pleased and happy with this outcome.
Resurrection ring, 18kt gold plated bronze and quartz crystal
Photography by Benjamin Stone of BStone Creative
Styling by Naomi Storey
Set Design by Laura Schaffnit
Resurrection ring, 18kt gold plated bronze and quartz crystal
Photography by Benjamin Stone of BStone Creative
Styling by Naomi Storey
Set Design by Laura Schaffnit
Resurrection ring, 18kt gold plated bronze and quartz crystal
Photography by Benjamin Stone of BStone Creative
Styling by Naomi Storey
Set Design by Laura Schaffnit
Resurrection ring, 18kt gold plated bronze and quartz crystal
Photography by Benjamin Stone of BStone Creative
Styling by Naomi Storey
Set Design by Laura Schaffnit

Resurrection ring, 18kt gold plated bronze and quartz crystal
Photography by Benjamin Stone of BStone Creative
Styling by Naomi Storey
Set Design by Laura Schaffnit
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This vid is fun and entertaining but I can't help but wonder why all the goldsmiths are so clean and not dirty from polishing and finishing their jewelry? 
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sneak peak

This summer as I did my usual casting and working in the studio I began to experiment a  bit more with my wax models, and thinking more on how popular the Hunted line has been.

So I came to the decision to come out with a Hunted II (2.0) version.  These pieces will be a new experimentation and advance from the first collection.  I'll be adding stones and mixing metals.  I'm really excited about presenting it to you and the public....which most likely won't be until mid-November.  Until then, here is a sneak peak.

I hope you like, and stay tuned for more!

Bronze double owl talon ring.
Photography by Tara Locklear
Sterling silver claw drop earrings.
Photography by Tara Locklear
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Recap of closing exhibition for the Asteria Collection

The closing exhibition for the Asteria Collection was a great hit, we had so many friends come out for First Friday in Uptown Greenville. I'm so grateful for the community support in Greenville.  I've told several friends and colleagues how surprised I've been by how much people in Greenville do support the arts, but the key word is community and rallying individuals to understand that buying local feeds the local economy.

Here are some shots of the display and my favorite images from Amber of our photoshoot.
I love my new packaging!
One of my favorite shots by Amber Burnette.
And the shoot at Starlight Restaurant.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Asteria Exhibition closing reception at Art Avenue

Though the Asteria exhibition was not officially on exhibit at Starlight for the past month, Amber and I decided to keep the presence of the jewelry and images with a 'closing' exhibition at Art Avenue for October's First Friday Art walk in Uptown Greenville.

The monthly First Friday Art Walk has been so great for promoting independent artists, as well as established artists in addition to nurturing the emerging artists from ECU.  When I was in DC last week, I realized how much Greenville has to offer in terms of new talent.  We're brimming wit it!

Here is one of the designs Tara Locklear did for our postcards.  I love how she used an old style font for the title.  And of course the lovely Jena as our model.  

Comet earrings; lapis lazuli studs with 'earring jackets' - business in the front,
party in the back!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Standing out

Last weekend Eilisain Jewelry participated in our first Crafty Bastards show in DC and it was hugely successful.  I was a bit pessimistic, as in the past I have not done very well at shows.  However part of me also knew that many of my friends and old colleagues would come out in support.

Part of what I loved so much about participating was meeting people face to face, hearing their thoughts about Eilisain Jewelry and also suggestions.  I've learned so much just from one weekend.  And I LOVED meeting the other artists at the show, so much talent! I even met Jay McCarroll from Project Runway, he was one of my favorite designers.  

This show also had me working on my display set up, and I finally purchased a beautiful banner.  And of course, Ms. Tara Locklear-Extraordinaire designed my banner below.  I'm super pleased with it. 

As always, thank you for reading!
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

More additions to the Asteria Collection

After years of taking photos of my own jewelry, for Etsy, my website etc.  I've finally broken down and invested in having them photographed & edited.   And really, it is the best investment an artist or any business person can make.  However, I have this mentality that I have to do everything myself... yes I am a bit of control freak!  

Anywho, I'm very, very pleased with the additional images I had done by none other than Tara Locklear.  She's becoming quite the hyphenate, jeweler - designer AND photographer! 

So here they are images of the collection combo of the Vespa shank and the terminated black tourmaline stone from the Asteria collection.  I've gotten such a great response to this ring so I definitely ordered more of the stones!

Such a great shot, combining three positions of the ring.
Black Abyss ring, $175 available exclusively at Eilisain Jewelry.
They make such a great pair!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stoneware: Cement casting workshop with Tara Locklear

I wish that I could attend this fun workshop at the Baltimore Jewelry Center with my talented friend Tara Locklear.  We were in school at ECU when she began working and experimenting with cement and making truly unique and one of a kind pieces.  

And now she's teaching workshops, I'm so proud of her.  So if you live in the Baltimore area I highly recommend taking her class.  

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Now International

So much has been happening these past few months, it's been hard to keep up with posting all the news!

It's official now though that Eilisain Jewelry is international! We've been picked up by Peculiar Vintage, a jewelry company and now a brick and mortar shop that carries the guest designers below.

We'd been working towards getting international representation for awhile and I'm very pleased that it is through a fellow jeweller.  

If you live in Brighton, or London go to their opening, it's on Saturday, September 27th from 12pm-6pm. 

The Hunted bronze badger claw pendant, one of the pieces currently at Peculiar Vintage.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Undercurrent Exhibition in London

It really is a wonderful thing to have friendships with other artists and makers abroad, I love hearing what they are doing and sharing it with you.

My friend Sophie Main is part of the Moving On Collective, contemporary jewellers working together in exhibitions and pieces that go beyond the general idea of adornment and wearable objects.

And psst, you may recall me writing about Moving On Collective back in February and the project they did then.  So inventive!

I apologize this is somewhat late in posting but the show will be up until October 11th.  If you're in London definitely see the show, I wish I could!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Recent press

I won't deny that it's a treat when Eilisain Jewelry makes it in the press, and I've been very fortunate to receive great features.

The Futurist is a trend forecasting company and I met one of their reps back in May in Vicenza, Italy.  I'm happy that they've included the Hunted sterling silver owl talon ring in their Wicked Garden spread.
And then come to find out that the Vespa III Citrine ring was featured in the September issue of the Washingtonian magazine! This really made me happy, as I used to read the Washingtonian when I lived in the DC area.  

It's kinda hard to see the ring, but it's in there!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A couple of things

I've got some great events coming up, and per usual I'm scrambling to get things done, like jewelry, displays and so much more.

One event I'm looking forward to is Crafty Bastards in Washington DC.  It's been roughly 6 years since I attended my first Crafty Bastards and I loved it, great art, food, music and more.  

I'll be at booth #71 and stocked with all my new and most popular pieces.  I hope to see you there.

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