P & H Pick | Introducing Jewelry Designer Melissa Skarsten

At Patina & Hue we love to have conversations with amazing women who have great style and inspire us all. For this reason I am excited to feature our latest artist–designer— Melissa Skarsten—a longtime friend and talented jewelry designer who mixes metals and infuses expressions of natural elements into her work. A couple of months ago I stopped by Melissa's studio to see her latest jewelry and discovered she was making 100 new one-of-a-kind pieces for the upcoming Park City Arts Festival. Melissa is both prolific in her work and dedicated to uninterrupted time in her studio so I was delighted to see what she was planning for the arts festival to share with all of you. Scroll down to see some of her fabulous pieces and to read more:

  Tree of Life Series  |  Tree & Tahitian Pearl  |   Sterling silver with 18K gold leaves and a black Tahitian pearl drop.

Tree of Life Series  |  Tree & Tahitian Pearl  |  Sterling silver with 18K gold leaves and a black Tahitian pearl drop.

Images above clockwise from top right: His-Hers River Rings (River Series) Sterling silver, Her ring is set with a yellow Citrine gemstone  | Fall Acorn Earrings & Leaves (Acorn series) Earrings are torched enameled copper with green jasper bead. Leaf Pendant is torched enameled copper on a oxidized sterling silver chain.  |  Ring Box (Twig series) Hand turned wooden box with a sterling silver twig pull.  |  Twigs Rooted Necklace (Tree of life series) Sterling silver with a Chrysoprase gemstone.

  Twig Hair Comb  (Twig series) Sterling silver

Twig Hair Comb (Twig series) Sterling silver

Top left: River Cuff links & Box(River series) Oxidized sterling silver with 14K gold cufflinks in a wooden box with a sterling silver twig pull.
Top right: River Bracelet (River series) Oxidized sterling silver with 14K gold bracelet slide on leather.

 Melissa's Signature Style  |   Golden Citrine Flower |  Black and Gold series | Oxidized sterling silver and 14K gold pendant set with a yellow Citrine gemstone

Melissa's Signature Style  |  Golden Citrine Flower | Black and Gold series | Oxidized sterling silver and 14K gold pendant set with a yellow Citrine gemstone

  Peruvian Opal Ring  (Twig series) Sterling silver with a Peruvian opal set in 22K Gold.

Peruvian Opal Ring (Twig series) Sterling silver with a Peruvian opal set in 22K Gold.

 Men's River cufflinks in a handmade wooden box with silver twig  |  Available at the Gala Auction Event Thursday, July 30th.  Click here  to learn more about the Opening night gala Fundraiser / Fashion Show at the Montage, Deer Valley.  

Men's River cufflinks in a handmade wooden box with silver twig  |  Available at the Gala Auction Event Thursday, July 30th. Click here to learn more about the Opening night gala Fundraiser / Fashion Show at the Montage, Deer Valley.  

Q: Melissa, I know from our conversations that you derive a great deal of creative inspiration from being outdoors. How does that directly inform your work?
A; "The natural world is always pulling at me…. to slow down, to step outside and experience the “mystery within nature”—my work celebrates what I experience in those moments. To be more specific, old-growth forests fascinate me. As I was developing my distinct visual voice, memories from an extraordinary visit to a coastal redwood forest kept appearing, inspiring the textures and color palettes I began using. More important, it was the emotions I felt when standing in that primeval forest I started to capture in different pieces, and an organic elegance and sense of antiquity showed up in my work."


"...it was the emotions I felt when standing in that primeval forest I started to capture in different pieces, and an organic elegance and sense of antiquity showed up in my work."

Q: It must take a great deal of time to create one-of-a-kind pieces. What can you tell us about that process:
A: "Pieces can take days or even weeks. My work is done in a spontaneous manner, an idea may be scribbled out as a starting point, but materials and techniques guide the work into a finished piece. This evolutionary process keeps my creative thoughts flowing."

"To propagate this evolution of a design, I make one-of-kind pieces, each piece inspiring the next. Serial imagery or what I like to call the “kaleidoscope effect” is where I take a piece and redesign it…. and like the turn of the kaleidoscope, the variations are endless. By making one-of-a-kind pieces, I emulate nature and promote our individuality as humans, which I find a breath of fresh air in a world of mass produced, identical products."

"The ancient technique of granulation is perfect for creating organic texture.  For my river series, I use a torch to fuse tiny grains of gold and raised lines of silver onto the metal surface of the piece. I then expand the technique by flowing melted gold in and around the applied textures. To achieve the rich color palette, I oxidize the piece a deep black to illuminate the gold. For my botanical pieces, the gemstones and the metal finishes I choose, allow me to express the dance of movement that light, mist and breeze create in the forest."

Q: When did you start making jewelry?
A: "I was drawn to artistic mediums that were very hands-on and fell in love, almost immediately, with metal-smithing while in high school. I later went to on study at The Revere Academy in San Francisco where I became a traditionally trained goldsmith and for a brief time I worked as a bench jeweler. The lure of creating a life in which I was a working artist led me out of the commercial marketplace to open my own studio in 2007. The arts and crafts marketplace is a perfect fit for the type of creative work I do and fits with my lifestyle."

Q: I've noticed that some women feel if they are wearing one color of gold, or other metal such as silver that they are hesitant to mix it up with their jewelry or metallic accents on their shoes and handbags. Your work has a lovely intermingling of different types and colors of metals. What would you say to someone who might be concerned about wearing their rose gold along side of their silver or white gold? 
A: "Yes, I love combining different colors of metals into my work and I do know that years ago it was considered chic to keep your metals all the same color. But time has changed that concept—now women, and men alike can layer on different metals into one look and feel confident about doing so....I would say have fun with your jewelry, toss the old rules out as anything goes these days!"

 

Melissa was raised in Pasadena California, moved to Santa Barbara, then San Francisco, before landing in the mountain town of Park City, Utah with her husband and daughter. You can see more of her work on her website by clicking here or at the upcoming Park City Arts Festival, July 31-August 2, 2015. 

Thank you Melissa for taking the time to share your beautiful work with us. Click here to learn more about the Park City Arts Festival. email: mskarsten@comcast.net website: Jewelrybym.com



The Art of Ruth Borgenicht

 Ruth borgenicht 

Ruth borgenicht 

As you probably know by now we love discovering and sharing artists and designers who leave us wanting to know more about their work. Whether you are an avid art collector or an admirer of art we believe that Ruth's work is unique, smart and engaging so much so that you will remember it long after you see it. When viewing it up close you first notice the surface texture and beautiful form; if you pick up some of the smaller pieces you notice the weight of it in your hands. Upon closer inspection you see links woven together to create a chain mail that is rigid as well as movable. Ruth writes:

"Worn under Medieval armor, chain mail is made of tiny interlocking metal rings
designed to protect a body in motion. I use the chain mail pattern and other woven patterns to create ceramic works that conjure up a sense of permanence and defensive concealment. Like the ancient armor, my pieces are made of a fabric of moveable interlocking rings. Using clay to make a protective mesh is contradictory;
for how can it defend anything, much less itself? Visually stone-like, the pieces
appear strong and impenetrable, belying their inherent fragility."
 Centipede collection  //  2' to 12'' in diameter   //   more  here

Centipede collection  //  2' to 12'' in diameter   //   more here

 Subtle shifts in ring color appear as a ray of light //  Raked Light VI  // more wall works  here

Subtle shifts in ring color appear as a ray of light //  Raked Light VI  // more wall works here

  subtle gradations in color lend an ombre quality to FAlling Mist VII  //  Here

 subtle gradations in color lend an ombre quality to FAlling Mist VII  // Here

There is also a sophisticated sense of humor in many of her pieces. In the chain mail sculpture [above] Set Back Skyscraper, 2008, the block leans forward, bends back and twists to the side. This piece is named after set back laws in Manhattan in which buildings are required to be 2-3 stories tall in the front while the taller floors of the building are set away from the sidewalk, behind the entrances, to allow sunlight to fall into the street. We love how the piece begs to be manipulated and moved and almost takes on a soft and flexible quality while remaining rigid. 

"When I am showing my work in a gallery setting people often assume
that the work should not be touched. I want people to engage with it—that
interaction is part of the experiential aspect of the work"
 MUII  //  Earthenware, 10 x 10 x 75"  //  here

MUII  //  Earthenware, 10 x 10 x 75"  // here

 Portrait, 2007  // Wall work in which The three top rings are fixed while the the lower two are movable 

Portrait, 2007  // Wall work in which The three top rings are fixed while the the lower two are movable 

Ruth teaches at Fairleigh Dickinson University and The Art School at Old Church, both in NJ.
She has an undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in math.

Artist in residence programs:
Hunter College, NYC
Anderson Ranch, CO
Greenwich House Pottery, NYC
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, ME
Chester Spring Studio, PA
University of the Arts, PA.

To contact the artist directly with inquires click here
For more information and to see a larger selection of her work visit: Ruth Borgenicht

Charming + Ethereal Paper Sculptures by Artist Duo: Papier à êtres®

  photos:   ©Fabrice Besse

photos: ©Fabrice Besse

  photos:   ©Fabrice Besse

photos: ©Fabrice Besse

  photos:   ©Fabrice Besse

photos: ©Fabrice Besse

photos: ©Fabrice Besse

Several years ago I had the pleasure of attending a production in the Paris Opera House. Sadly, I cannot remember the name of the opera I saw that evening but I was struck by the luminescent, and ethereal paper sculptures that were perched on either end of the large scale counters in the lobby. It just so happened that over the next few days I would see the unique sculptures again in shop windows and in a gallery in downtown Paris. They were so lovely that I had to know more. 

About Papier à êtres
The award-winning artist team Sophie Mouton-Perrat and Frédéric Guibrunet have worked with paper for over a decade—each in their own way. They met in 2007 and by 2008 they were collaborating on "common creations, lighting sculptures, diaphanous and light."

Sophie attended art school and began working with paper by folding iand creating in paper mâché. Frédéric graduated with a degree in chemistry and is self-taught in paper-making. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States to find the best techniques. He works only in white.

To create the Mademoiselle series (see photos above) Frédéric develops the lower part while Sophie shapes the top, figurative part. It is a true collaboration of talent and skill. 


"He structured the paper, she poetized it.
She exhibited in Paris, he in Toronto,
they met to Brouage.
And there was born the union of two beings of paper.

Since their works were outdone (Toronto, Paris ...) and seduced :
the gallery of the Opera of Paris, Charmey, TAAJ, Fleux
the Museum of the decorative arts of Paris,
the gallery Talents, Van Cleef & Arpels ...

Their works are long-lasting, realized with attention
and respect for the pleasure of their buyers."

  A GLIMPSE OF THEIR STUDIO WHERE THEY MAKE UNIQUE,   ALWAYS ONE OF A KIND  PIECES, IN WHITE LINEN PAPER.     PHOTO CREDIT:   ©FABRICE BESSE

A GLIMPSE OF THEIR STUDIO WHERE THEY MAKE UNIQUE, ALWAYS ONE OF A KIND  PIECES, IN WHITE LINEN PAPER. PHOTO CREDIT: ©FABRICE BESSE

 PAPIER À ÊTRES® is featured along with other artists in this beautiful book. Click on the Title below to see a preview and where to get it!

PAPIER À ÊTRES® is featured along with other artists in this beautiful book. Click on the Title below to see a preview and where to get it!

Thank you Sophie & Frédéric for sharing your beautiful and inspiring work with us. We are huge fans and are daydreaming about a life size piece in our homes one day! What began as my simple inquiry for a table top sculpture has developed into a complete fascination—bordering on obsession!  
There is much more to see from this creative team—if you have a moment jump onto their website. Visit the PAPIER À ÊTRES® site HERE / Facebook Page HERE     
All photos ©Fabrice Besse. 

Clutch Crush: Tesler + Mendelovitch

  variety of wood finishes  offered on these gorgeous geometric clutches by  TESLER + MENDELOVITCH 

 variety of wood finishes  offered on these gorgeous geometric clutches by TESLER + MENDELOVITCH 

 Textile artists: Tesler and Mendelovitch in their studio

Textile artists: Tesler and Mendelovitch in their studio

 African Clutch

African Clutch

 Great White Clutch

Great White Clutch

 Ebony Clutch

Ebony Clutch

Question: What is more interesting: a unique artist made handbag or a big-name brand bag? 
P&H answer: Tesler + Mendelovich

Yes, it is easy to fall in love with a handbag made from Italian leather like Gucci's latest leather and bamboo backpack, or a chic Chanel or Bottega bag.... but it is even more amazing when you fall in love with an artist made handbag. In addition it isn't the most expensive handbags (or jewelry, or shoes...you get the idea) that consistently draw attention from friends. It is 99% of the time something that is well designed, unique and often not well known that leads friends to ask "where did you get THAT?". M and I both share a love of artist driven design and fell head-over-heels for these T + M clutches several years ago. They are high design and a splurge we highly support! If you do not currently own a wood clutch this is the one to get.

WHO?
Tesler + Mendelovich are a Televivian couple who met in school and work as a textile team—developing materials that they transform into products. There clutches can be seen online and come in a few sizes with a wide variety of wood options. The largest one "Great" is very large so make sure you look on their site under "Reviews" to see the scale of a few of the "Great" pieces. Each clutch is sent in a sustainable handmade wooden box for storage (see image below). 

See a short vimeo on this dynamic artist couple here.  Visit their site to see their complete line here. Each clutch is made upon order with a 6-8 week turnaround time. Orli let me know that they ship all over the globe through FedEx. Delivery takes between 24-48 hours once shipped. 

"...once the clutch has been picked up by courier we send the client a FedEx tracking link as well as a digital lifetime warranty and care guide which is a digital PDF booklet (sent by email) that contains information about their chosen wood, a care guide and also has the clients personalized catalog number for future reference."

If you end up ordering please let us know what you think in our comments section. Also-wooden handbags/clutches have gained in popularity over the last few years. If you know of an artist who is making unique, high design bags please let us know.

Landscape In Thread: The Art Of Martha Fieber

  Muted Vibrants

Muted Vibrants

 Detail View of  Muted Vibrants

Detail View of Muted Vibrants

 “Nature has infinite variation and beauty.  
With such a vast resource, inspiration is unlimited”. ~Martha Fieber
  Brightly Colored Birch: Van Winkle Lake

Brightly Colored Birch: Van Winkle Lake

  Redbud in Bloom

Redbud in Bloom

  Forget Me Not Field 

Forget Me Not Field 

  Birch Against Orange

Birch Against Orange

  Dusting

Dusting

 Detail View of  Dusting

Detail View of Dusting

At first glance you may mistake one of Martha Fieber's landscapes as a traditional painting. Upon a closer look you will see lines, dashes and knots created by layers of delicate thread. It is a delightful discovery to look close and then again—even more closely to see the small stitches that go into these remarkable landscapes that range from 3" x 5" up to 8" x 24". There is both a precision and a freedom in the quality of the stitches that leaves one wondering if perhaps these embroidered landscapes were created in much the same way a painting would be executed—starting with an overall plan that slowly evolves into something greater—layer after layer, stitch after stitch. 


Martha writes about her work:
"My art is about texture, technique, pattern, and detail. Each work includes layers and layers of stitching to create shading and depth. I have been working with fiber since I was old enough to handle a needle. In 1999, I gave up engineering for art. It has been a joy to create original embroideries and work with fiber for my second career."

"I use all kinds of threads, fibers, and colors to create depth and texture in my work. 
Single strand silk, rayon, metallic, and/or hand dyed cotton threads, on linen and silk backgrounds comprise most of my current work."
 Forest Grove

Forest Grove

In the piece above, Forest Grove, Fieber offers up a dynamic landscape from a birds eye view. We look down at a grove of trees, with foreshortened trunks; tiny knots referencing spring blossoms quietly hover over the haphazard ground below with its criss-crossed, imperfect stitches, creating movement that surrounds the seeming stillness of the pink, yellow and green knots above. It is the juxtaposition of the perfect against the imperfect that is so interesting— each stitch behind and below the trees looks as if it were quickly rendered; drawn not sewn. 

Fieber taught herself to embroider and weave. She dyes the fibers used in her work with plants she finds locally. For more information on Martha Fieber's work please visit her website hereAdditionally, Fieber's work is on exhibit at the Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, WI. through February 28, 2015. 

 

 

Etsy Gifts Curated

Etsy is a treasure trove of unique handmade items, antiques and rare collectibles as well as artist made products by exceptional small studios. As we are big believers in supporting small artist/design studios we decided it was a good idea to curate our favorite Etsy stores for your last minute holiday shopping. Yes, very last minute...so some of these ideas may have to be birthday presents in the future!
If you do not currently have an Etsy account it is simple to set up and will just take a few minutes. Because we both love to discover items that are well designed and unique we have put together this short list that features gift-ables for almost everyone on your holiday shopping list! 

Beautiful Gifts For Her


   Shovava    Beautiful scarves in silks, cashmere and cotton

Shovava
Beautiful scarves in silks, cashmere and cotton

Yania Creations Jewelry
LABRADORITE LONG NECKLACE + MORE

ShopJoyo
LASERCUT JEWELRY

  KM Baggies  FELT BRIEFCASE

KM Baggies
FELT BRIEFCASE


Unique Gifts He Will Love

 


  Ingenious Brothers  Wood credit card holder wallets 

Ingenious Brothers
Wood credit card holder wallets 

  SEMLEATHER  CUSTOM LEATHER NECKTIES

SEMLEATHER
CUSTOM LEATHER NECKTIES

  ICONCENTRAL  MARILYN MONROE, ELVIS, THE BEATLES AND MORE MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR HIS MANCAVE!

ICONCENTRAL
MARILYN MONROE, ELVIS, THE BEATLES AND MORE MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR HIS MANCAVE!

  IRONART CANADA  HAND FORGED BELT BUCKLES 

IRONART CANADA
HAND FORGED BELT BUCKLES 

  HIDESIGN LEATHERS  QUALITY BRIEFCASES

HIDESIGN LEATHERS
QUALITY BRIEFCASES

  STEAMPUNK LUXURY  SIWISS MADE CUFF LINKS –MADE FROM WATCH  GEARS 

STEAMPUNK LUXURY
SIWISS MADE CUFF LINKS –MADE FROM WATCH  GEARS 


Gifts for The Kids


  AUTH FASHION  ADORABLE JEWLERY

AUTH FASHION
ADORABLE JEWLERY

  PlaY TIPI  HIGH STYLE TIPITS IN CHEVRONS PATTERNS AS WELL AS OTHER MODERN PATTERNS–FABULOUS!

PlaY TIPI
HIGH STYLE TIPITS IN CHEVRONS PATTERNS AS WELL AS OTHER MODERN PATTERNS–FABULOUS!

  PITUCOS  DELIGHTFUL GICLEE PRINTS FOR YOUR CHILDS ROOM

PITUCOS
DELIGHTFUL GICLEE PRINTS FOR YOUR CHILDS ROOM

  TO GILD THE LILY  MONOGRAMMED PHONE CASES IN A LARGE VARIETY OF PRINTS AND PATTERNS

TO GILD THE LILY
MONOGRAMMED PHONE CASES IN A LARGE VARIETY OF PRINTS AND PATTERNS

Feminine, Primitive and Powerful: Jewelry by the Depetra Sisters

 photo credit: Paris Gerard: Charcoal Alley /  Wearing Deptra necklaces and leather wrap bracelet

photo credit: Paris Gerard: Charcoal Alley /  Wearing Deptra necklaces and leather wrap bracelet

 Depetra Tassel necklace: Kayanite & Gray Baroque Pearl

Depetra Tassel necklace: Kayanite & Gray Baroque Pearl

 Depetra Mala necklace: Bone, Beads, Labradorite and small tassel

Depetra Mala necklace: Bone, Beads, Labradorite and small tassel

I had the pleasure of meeting the Depetra sisters, Cynthia and Lorena, a few months ago while visiting their studio in Houston. I am almost as enamored with their studio as I am with their jewelry. The creative energy in their workspace and showroom was captivating; you can feel the creativity in the room. Pairing crystals, natural stones, hammered metal, twine, beads and leather they create one-of-a-kind pieces that are unique and modern while also feeling ancient and regal. They are constantly creating and innovating—rarely producing the same piece twice. If you see a piece above or on their FB page that is no longer available on their website, you can email them and ask if they will make it for you. 

I have promised myself, and P, that I would interview the Depetra sisters for Patina & Hue sometime in the near future as they are incredibly inspirational. For now, I wanted to share their beautiful jewelry with you and am happy to announce they are offering 10% off to all of you reading this post now through January 2nd! Visit their online shop to find something you love (I found it impossible to choose just one!) then at checkout use the code: depetraph to receive the Patina & Hue exclusive discount! 

 Thank you Cynthia and Lorena, we love what you do. 

conversation:

Pamela:
M, Thank you for introducing me to these designers. I am in love with the wrap leather bracelets with geodes and beads on leather. They have taken the wrap bracelet to the next level.

Marianne:
P, Indeed! The earrings are absolutely stunning and irresistible and I'm excited about the 10% off! 

Pamela:
M, me too, I can think of one or two items that are going on my holiday wish list!

 

photo credits: © Anthropologie / © Free People / ©Depetra

 
 

 

 

 


 

Iconic artist Wayne Thiebaud–A retrospective

  Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 Wayne Thiebaud |  Chocolate & Maple, 2001  |  oil on canvas  |  16x19 1/4 inches | Acquavella Galleries

Wayne Thiebaud |  Chocolate & Maple, 2001  |  oil on canvas  |  16x19 1/4 inches | Acquavella Galleries

  Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  Wayne Thiebaud |  Cold Case, 2010/2011/2013  |  oil on canvas  |  48x60 inches | from the artist's studio

Wayne Thiebaud |  Cold Case, 2010/2011/2013  |  oil on canvas  |  48x60 inches | from the artist's studio

  Wayne Thiebaud |  Triangle Beach, 2003-2005  |  oil on canvas  |  30x140 inches | Acquavella Galleries

Wayne Thiebaud |  Triangle Beach, 2003-2005  |  oil on canvas  |  30x140 inches | Acquavella Galleries

  Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  Wayne Thiebaud |  Flood Waters, 2006/2013  |  oil on canvas  |  48x60 inches | Acquavella Galleries

Wayne Thiebaud |  Flood Waters, 2006/2013  |  oil on canvas  |  48x60 inches | Acquavella Galleries

I cannot remember the exact moment when I was first introduced to the work of Wayne Thiebaud but I can say that I fell in love with his work at a young age. Growing up in California, I saw his prints and reproductions and responded, like so many, to his use of color, composition and light.

Years later as a young designer and artist I would attend gallery openings to see his originals and have remained enamored with his work ever since. To stand in front of his work in a gallery or museum adds hugely to the experience and is invaluable to understand this important artist.  

In graduate school I attended a class titled "Fear of Painting" taught by NY based artist George Woodman. As I was indeed terrified of painting—I had earned my seat in that class. One day he inquired, whether or not any of us had ever seen the Mona Lisa. We all raised our hands thinking "of course we've seen her!"— only to discover what he was really getting at: "have you visited the Louvre and stood in front of that iconic painting and actually viewed the original".  I mention this story because I feel the same way about Wayne Thiebaud's work — if you can pull it off, you owe it to yourself to see his work in person. When standing in front of his paintings you are able to appreciate the texture and mark-making with thick paint [often compared to icing on his paintings of confections] as well as respond to his color palette and the overall feel of the work. Although he is sometimes referred to as being a part of the Pop Art Movement, Thiebaud works from life rather than from cultural/media images. He is well known for his perfect desserts, landscapes and portraits. I find myself drawn in not only by the overarching subject matter of his work but also by the intensity of color that lives in the shadows of a Thiebaud eclair, figure or building or in the simple mark of an implied horizon line that stands behind rows of pies and shoes or moves forward to imply the edge of a table. 

49 of his works are currently on exhibition now through November 21, 2014 at Acquavella Galleries in New York. The show titled "Wayne Thiebaud:A Retrospective" includes works that have not been shown to the public before. 

Additionally you can see his work on 1st Dibs, a favorite hot spot for rare antique and vintage finds. They are currently featuring drawings, paintings, prints and multiples of his work.

To see more about the exhibit:: Wayne Thiebaud

Drop us a note in the comments section below and tell us what you think of his work. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Thank you to Acquavella Galleries for permission to use all photographs. 
Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Designer Alexander McQueen

A few years ago, when a FedEx truck failed to deliver boxes needed to set up a trade show booth, I wasted no time, ran out of the Javitz center in NYC and grabbed the first taxi I could find to take me directly to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I knew the Alexander McQueen exhibit had recently opened to rave reviews but I also believed I would not be able to attend due to my heavy work schedule that week. So when I found myself a few moments later, in a taxi heading toward the MET, I was almost giddy in disbelief! I had been following his work since the late 1990s and knew he was a cutting edge designer with designs women dream about. You can see the progression of his work on the Alexander McQueen website by selecting the dates of previous collections.

The exhibit was life changing for me. This may sound dramatic but seriously I had always kept a division in my mind between art and fashion. I understood that one could influence the other but up until that exhibit I saw the two as separate disciplines with one being content rich while the other was an object of adornment. The exhibit turned out to be an intersection of strong conceptual thinking, art history, fashion, brilliant use of materials and subsequently my appreciation and love affair began. I wish everyone could have seen this exhibit! There was an exhibition publication that is worth every penny of the now $29. price tag. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is a must have for all lovers of art and design.



conversation:
Marianne:
P,  sure wish I had attended that exhibit with you. Alexander McQueen has been one of my all time favorite designers because of how he took unprecedented risks with his over the top dramatic flair.
Pamela:
M, so true, he wasn't afraid to experiment with ideas within culture and history. Did you see the Spring/Summer line from 1999? This was the first year I became aware of his work. A model came out at the end of the show in a white dress and was spray painted by robots. You can still see the video which is amazing! McQueen 1999 Spring/Summer Fashion Show Finale.
Marianne,
P, how could one forget the robots taunting the model! I also remember in 1997 the Union Jack coat he created for David Bowie's album cover "Earthling". We all wanted that coat, he was a genius
.
Pamela,
M, he just might go down in history as the brilliant, bad boy of fashion!

Robert Siegel Handmade + Enter to Win Beautiful Milk Vases

 Ostrich Tableware: Robert Siegel Studio Handmade

Ostrich Tableware: Robert Siegel Studio Handmade

 Beaux Collection: Robert Siegel Studio Handmade

Beaux Collection: Robert Siegel Studio Handmade

 Dame Collection: Robert Siegel Studio Handmade

Dame Collection: Robert Siegel Studio Handmade

Robert Siegel Handmade
A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with Robert Siegel and flew out to LA to meet with him at his LA studio. The beauty of his work is unquestionable and is backed up by quality materials and care that he infuses into each handmade piece. I've collected pottery for several decades and feel that his work transcends the medium. The glazes and details have a modern sensibility while the hand-thrown porcelain has the weighted feel of a finely made object. I also like the fact that all the pieces have a non-toxic glaze and are bisque fired. I've added several RS Handmade vases, pitchers and bowls to my collection and use them daily. The pitchers are always on the counter awaiting water for the table or a new bouquet from the farmers market.

Robert is prolific and his work is always evolving. He is both designer and master craftsman. I love logging onto his facebook page to see what new design ideas he is working on.  I felt compelled to include several of his collections above to show the range of his work. I can imagine any of these collections in my own dining room and the only problem is making a decision on which set!

Robert Siegel GIVEAWAY!
The beautiful colbalt and sky blue milk vase set  [ below ] could be YOURS! All you have to do is LIKE Patina and Hue on facebook and follow us on Bloglovin then LIKE Robert Siegel Handmade on facebook! Lastly, email me with your full name and type in the subject line: RS handmade drawing and send to patinaandhueblog@gmail.com to let us know you have completed those tasks! Your name will then be entered into a drawing to win! The drawing will close at 9pm MST August 15th, 2014. And will be announced on our blog the following week. The winner will be notified by email. Tell your friends and Good luck!!

conversation:
Pamela:
M,
I would love to add this set of milk vases to my collection, but you and I cannot enter this!
Marianne:
P,
I'm happy we are have this drawing! Someone is going to LOVE this set in their home! The elegant color palette and the glazes are gorgeous! I've been wanting one of Roberts pieces ever since you first introduced me to his work and my birthday is right around the corner, as ya know. hint, hint ;)

To see more of his work go to Robert Siegel Handmade or see his work up close and personal this summer at the Kimball Arts Festival August 1-3rd in Park City, Utah.