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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site
elaineperlov.com

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

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inspiration
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.

 

 

 


10.31.2006

wouldn't you want to become an expert on cameos?


L to R: molded milk glass female on black glass background; Medusa defeated, material unknown; floral cameo on shell background; Art Nouveau style woman's profile in sardonyx [photos from the Web]


Two weekends ago when I was doing the Market NYC, I overheard one shopper ask,

"Do you have any cameos? I collect them. I buy them at antique stores mostly. My favorites are the cameos made out of 'jet' which come from Victorian England in the 19th century."
I must admit, in that moment I wanted to become an expert on cameo jewelry. It would be fun party conversation, if nothing else. I learned that 'jet' is fossilized coal mined in Whitby, England, and used in mourning jewelry in the Victorian era (1837-1901). Fascinating! Here is a bit more of what I learned.


The precursor to the cameo was the intaglio, a piece that was carved below the surface. First used to make an impression in hot wax to seal documents, the intaglio was later worn as jewelry. The cameo is created also by carving but in relief (not bas or below), using a contrasting material as the background. Some popular materials used to make cameos include shell (worn for day), lava, coral, stone and gemstones (worn at the most formal occasions). Cameos have been produced in ancient Greece and Rome, and revived in England, Italy and Germany, from the early Renaissance to the Victorian era to today. Subjects have varied from pastoral scenes, floral motifs to Greek gods, to the most recognizable: the bust portrait of a woman in profile.

I found the following to be an interesting tidbit on dating cameos:

"The long Roman nose denotes that the piece was originated before 1850. If the nose is slightly upturned, it can be dated after the mid-nineteenth century. A pert nose is indicative of the turn of the century. An upswept hairstyle indicates a late Victorian cameo, while shorter curls are indicative of the 20th century." [source: victorianbazaar.com, "The Historical Cameo"]


I include some various examples of cameos for you to peruse. They are really quite beautiful when you slow down and consider each piece. Here is a wonderful site to see many variations of cameo jewelry. And then do check out our new Cameo Tops, which are loosely based on the form. Ours are decidedly East-meets-West-meets-Victorian. Quite a permutation.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous kyria said...

I have a cameo that belonged to my great grandmother. It is ivory, coral and white gold and in the shape of your last cameo on the right, but with a smaller bust. Viva la cameos!

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