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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eilisain Jewelry official show schedule

So it's officially here, the schedule for my fall shows (excluding the DC craft Beer festival which is this weekend).  

I'm beyond (into the netherspace) excited about the Hunted II Collection as well as the beautiful photos from my newest lookbook.  I feel that they are my most well edited and styled photos, and the pieces are seriously killer and modern at the same time.   

I hope to see you at one of these events!

Photography by Becky Parker, model Megan Kennedy
Photo of bracelet and graphic design by Tara Locklear
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Into the Wild interview by The Futurist

The Futurist - Paola De Luca Group is a trend forecasting company and they were at Origins 2014 in Italy earlier this year and picked up my postcards and we kept in touch.   The questions they asked me for this feature interview were really thought provoking and helped me to better understand my own direction and future of Eilisain Jewelry.

I feel so lucky to get this kind of earned press, it's not easy and it definitely takes some continued relationship building to get there, but it is so worth it.  

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Beer and Jewelry, always a happy combination

This will definitely be a fun event to work at, the DC Craft Beer Festival, next Saturday on November 22, 2014 at the Washington DC Convention Center.  We were approached to be a vendor and after mulling it over, I thought it'd be a great time and since I have friends and family in the DC area why not make a trip of it! 

I'll have pieces from all of our popular collections, the Hunted, Vespa, Valkyrie and Asteria Collection.  I do love the variety and ability to provide a wide collection of pieces that suit any person, male or female.

So I hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Being Ethical...an Ethical Metalsmith

     I was recently called on the other day by Christina Miller, Executive Director of Ethical Metalsmiths to check in on my studio practice and inquire anything she could do to facilitate a better, and more ethical studio.  It was very refreshing to receive this phone call as well as inspiring.

I feel guilty saying this, but I hadn't really thought about it.  Yes I do try to use recycled metals and try to be as ethical as possible but then it got me thinking, what exactly is ethical in my studio practice?   It really is a hard place to be in, I love making jewelry and need metals to make it yet  I'm so removed from the entire process of how the metal actually gets to my door! 

I do know that there has been proposed mining in Alaska for copper and other metals and I've opposed this mining by contacting my senators and legislators.  And I take any opportunity I take to make my voice heard against the destruction of more wildlife is very, very important to me and my practice.  However, when it comes to where the silver and bronze comes from....I'm not as clued in.

So here goes, I'm going to make a goal and statement of becoming more involved and vocal about where I source my materials, specifically metal.  For any of you jewelers out there that would like a listing of ethical suppliers you can look here.

Below I list some of my current ethical practices.

Bronze castings fresh from the kiln.
 Current Ethics of Eilisain Jewelry are as follows:
  • All deer antler, bones, and talons have been found, not killed or hunted.
  • A twice yearly contribution is made to the Center for Biological Diversity, Nature Conservancy and Ethical Metalsmiths
  • Some metals are recycled and reused.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fierce and fresh - Hunted II Collection Debuts December 4th

Last night I received the lookbook images for the Hunted II Collection and I'm just too excited about them not to share a tiny morsel.  Here is Megan Kennedy, model, makeup artist and former bandmate of the Ethnographers.  Doesn't she look killer? 

Megan, Becky and I had a great time on this shoot.  Megan came prepared with all sorts of sexy and cool outfits.  She brought the energy and just the right attitude for the shoot. 

So yes the Hunted II Collection is debuting Thursday, December 4th - so mark your calendars! 

Eilisain Jewelry, Model: Megan Kennedy, Photography by Becky Parker
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Day in Uptown Greenville

Since I moved to Greenville four years ago there has been an incredible amount of revitalization and support for small business' in the Uptown District of Greenville.  I'm really excited about it and the potential to keep young people and small business owners here.

I was super happy to participate in this fun video, documenting the day in the life of working and living in Uptown Greenville.  

A Day In Uptown from Black Tree Media Group on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Upcoming events - oh my!

We're on the cusp of the holidays, actually probably in the middle of it!
And I'm happy to announce I'm participating in several shows.  Below is the information for the Bust Holiday sale.  I'm SO excited to be heading to NYC for a weekend, it's been a long time, especially to Brooklyn.

Below is also an image of new work I'll be debuting at a trunk show that I'm doing at Redeem, in Washington DC on Thursday, December 4th.  It'll be so great to debut this line at the first boutique to carry my jewelry when I first got started. 

As usual, thank you for reading!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weird and Wonderful jewelry

Maybe it's just me, but I've felt and seen such a surge in small & independently owned business' and it warms my heart!
Peculiar Vintage jewelry shop in Brighton, United Kingdom has been receiving wonderful press and here is a nice snippet of an article about the new shop.  I also love the title of this piece...aptly describes my own jewelry. 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Owl den

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Memento Exhibition

Equinox Gallery consistently has well curated and meaningful exhibitions and I love participating in them.  My favorite exhibition to participate is during the Dia de los Muertos events.  

Below is the postcard for the exhibition events happening in a week.  I'm honored to be among such talented artists and friends like Avery Lucas and Lorena Angulo.  

You can view more of the artists exhibiting at Equinox here

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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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