Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fashion Show part4

This is my first attempt at jewellery for the fashion show. I like the colours and the use of the old coins(finally). The way it is worn has a story to be told a little later. It doesn't seem bold enough to me. Does every piece have to be bold?

These earrings are starting to look fashion show-esk! I found plates that have a pattern at the scrap yard on Sydney road months ago. apparently parts from a car engine. I like the idea of them. They don't seem practical to me. But I would definately wear something like them. This got me thinking about how conceptual a jewellery designer needs to be to design for a fashion show? It seems to me that maybe I need to concentrate on the show of fashion show?

Fashion Show part2

Some chiffon fabrics Nokwanda will be using. Through this process I was hoping to find clarity on my research and I think it's happening. Designing jewellery for a fashion show turns out to be different then for just a person. There more things to consider. Is it big enough to see from the audience? Does it suit the style or theme of the fashion designer? What is your theme?

Fashion Show

I have been interested in fashion for a long time. I just haven't had the guts to just do it. Or I haven't known how as a jewellery designer I would do that. So I'm working with a fashion designer friend, Nokwanda, of Controlled Chaos. Above is her and her partner Mandi's studio on Smith Street, West Walk Arcade, Office 826. I know it looks crazy, but some good things happen there. Soon to be revealed.

I have begun working with Nokwanda, designing jewellery for a collection of clothing. We began with looking through her sketches (she has lots). and chose designs we felt were wearable in the Durban climate and accessible to buy to the average Joe / Jane. the show is scheduled for the 7th May 2009. To be held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Square Space Theatre.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Claudia Correa

This brooch is part of the clothing. It looks like it can be removed. I couldn't read anything off Claudia's blog because it's in Spanish( I wish I had completed that course in Spanish). Thats interesting, maybe I can try something like that for the Fashion Show.

I like the vibrant colours. But mostly the way she puts elements together. What do I mean? It looks simple but it works. It may not actually be simple but it looks like it is.

Enamels and Lace

I found Rubygirl on the Etsymetal site. She has her own etsy shop. I was inspired again to use enamels. really the inspiration needed to come for the piercing, which is not fun. But seeing something look so good, I think I'll take the pain. She calls hers Victorian inspired, I think my work is not as intricate but the same inspiration. I hadn't thought that the use of lace comes from a Victorian source. I think thats the vintage in my modern vintage.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Logo Update!!!

How exciting! I'm almost Gudenuf. Just a little while longer!

I learnt a new word Recessionista, recessionista n. A person who dresses stylishly on a tight budget. Example Citations: She's superstylish, always able to buy a round of drinks and still seems to be...

So recession chic would be style and elegance on a tight budget. Which is what I have always had to do, It looks like we have to change the way we live and mostly spend. Living on a budget sounds like a death sentance but it's how it has to be. I hope to be able to provide quality designer jewellery that will keep the recessinista within her budget. Good luck to you Girl!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Car Boot Market!!!

My friend Kristy(oh and Ben) took me to the Car Boot Market on Stamford hill road in morning side. She originally wanted to show me a stall with old buttons. But the old buttons guy wasn't there. So we found these coins from all over the world. Namely England, China, Morocco, Zimbabwe, India, Hong Kong.... This should satisfy my Vintage side of my Vintage Modern combination. According to a style quiz at, I am 50% Vintage Modern, 25% Rustic Revival, 25% Modern Elegance. It helped me define what was jumbled in my head.