The stitching marks on Shelley Atwood’s earrings contain echoes of Kanta stitching, embroidery from South Asia that’s quite popular. The red beads on the edge provide a wonderful contrast.
The slicker and more commercial the holiday frenzy gets, the more I appreciate roughly handmade, Bohemian, tribal, rustic, gypsy, hippie, ethnic designs like this pendant from Ukraine’s Lela Todua (Leland Jewelry).
Lela’s techniques and patterns follow her own whims. She pulls the mix of various textures together with color themes and accents of paint.
I realize that PCD featured Lela’s butterflies just recently. Once my eye locks onto a vibe, I find myself visiting and revisiting a collection to soak it up. Lela builds compelling stories as she picks and chooses an assortment of related components.
New polymer purses for spring from Kathleen Dustin appeared just in time for the Smithsonian Craft Show April 26-30. See the other new additions on her Instagram and Facebook. (David Forlano and Steven Ford will also be at the Smithsonian show.)
These designs continue a couple of Kathleen’s series. At the left is her Tribal Circus Purse that continues a combination of carved areas with bands of textile-like patterns.
Below is her Scratch Purse that has a more painterly feel with areas of sgrafitto and panels of patterns.
Shannon Tabor (Charleston Clay Jewelery) uses her new silkscreen sparingly on these new Tribal Series post earrings.
One slim strip of Punchinella (sequin waste stencils) highlights the African colors and patterns.
Ontario’s Wendy Orlowski brings us a bit of green and glamor today. She tagged along on a fashion photo shoot and the results give her new tribal design an added boost.
It’s amazing how a good photographer and a young neck can send work to a whole new level.