Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring and Talismans

It begins each year at this time.. the thaw of the forest floor, the concrete in the city, our shoulders melt down from up around our ears and the warmth of the sun inviting as it is, reveals a new spring.
We have been working in our studio, The Artemisian has moved and our space is luminous and cozy, a combination of old and new true to who we are. The collection has grown now to include not only original antique pieces but  altered antiques and small scale sculptures all made in our studio nestled behind our restaurant.
It has been an enlightening year for us as the locations we can be found in expand the entirety of the globe, each day we wake with gratitude.
Our mission to utilize existing pieces remains strong and the addition of small scale sculptures has brought our designer's fine art background into the forefront. This year has seen us showing in New York, Paris and Tokyo as well as our designer's dive back into showing installation and performance pieces together with Inliquid an artist collaborative out of Philadelphia.
This spring collection was inspired by the use of talismans across various cultures. The talisman is an inanimate object given energy, our energy to manifest a desired outcome or object into being. The idea of this, an object being given our energy is such a beautiful thought, that one's focus and intention can be given physical form. Our designer's long time yogic path has also influenced the shoot for this collection integrating the use of yoga and talisman together.
Each piece of the collection has been contemplated and engraved with a singular word to hold as a positive intention, words such as: 

Soar- Sterling silver antique airforce wings, sterling bezel set green amethyst, antique gold filled locket engraved "soar" Sterling silver new locket also available.

Wonder Woman- hand forged brass cuffs one size squeeze to fit

Capsule- a hand forged match case with strike anywhere matches inside and a strike plate, engraved breath, ecstasy or stillness inside, sterling silver outside, rose gold interior. Special Order only.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The viking like muse for Fall,  Melanie Blakenship photographed by Denise Guerin
Gustav Klimt - Water Serpents

With The Great Gatsby seen and Gustav Klimt, Mark Rothko and Egon Shiele  as a few of my revered artists the Fall 2014 collection was born. Immersed in the music of Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Les Nubians and Les Negresses Vertes the studio teemed with a flurry of activity, electroplating only half way up the various antiques giving them a dip dyed look, to researching native American ladder beading techniques and perfecting them before incorporating into the line. It was a collection of indulgence, non restraint...the antiques flowed, polishing and soldering adding to and taking away to create new pieces to incorporate with the old. The entire collection speaks of opulence and decadence. Rich hues, garnet and champagne hued citrine sit nestled in gold and silver chains and sparkling pyrite.

Gustav Klimt- Judith

Fall 2014 Shoot culmination

Nina Crooned her way into the work, "Birds flyin high, you now how I feel..."  And the likes of the new Gatsby soundtrack echoed the work that was being done to the artifacts that lay before me. It's such an enthralling part of the process to immerse each sense into what I am creating.
Charmed collection- Gold Opaline glass early 1900's sold. Rouge, Taipei City, Taiwan

Elks Club- Dipped Collection: original elks club member cigarette paper case with password carved inside, sterling silver dipped in 18k gold. Ruby eye, enameled symbol 1900's America. Sold, Ear Papilonner, Japan.
Fob bracelets and fairydust bands

Gotye, Jay Z, Beyonce and Florence sing the new version of Gatsby, and I chuckle hearing how this has been reinterpreted for our generation's popular consumption. Film is such a fantastic art form. 
The shoot reminds me of iconic religious saints, Klimt and Shakira's album cover all in one...the more you know, the more you see, the more you see the more you can interpret. Context and concept.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Musings from our second trip to Paris

 Eiffel Tower as seen from the Mona Bismarck

The walk to work

Paris will always be a magical city for me, more so now working there twice a year. This trip accompanied by my oldest friend and a trusted assistant we wandered through streets in awe of the details, inspired, eyes widened to each wrought iron window and gargoyled embellished door, each hidden garden and turreted rooftop. The days were long and filled with wonder and purpose and dreams of the present.
We walked a market, purchased artichokes and garlic, rosemary and saucisson, totano and orata, it would be this time my turn to cook for all. The simple handwritten chalk signs had a charm unique to all European markets, bringing the excitement of a child at the thought of what to cook and how to prepare it. At home I spend my days in one apron or another from studio to kitchen the creation of both art and food melts into one. Here amidst the seasonal produce I decide a salt roasted orate, braised totano, artichokes alla giudea, a lemon mint oregano emulsion to dress the fish, and thinly sliced oven roasted brussel sprouts with lemon zest and peperoncino a honey lemon zest goat cheese dollop to melt atop. Bon!
 Both intimate and surreal the other side of this trip... we danced till dawn and drank champagne with the rest of  the designers shaping their collective dreams into reality. We inhaled hope and exhaled joy, we met and mingled for ten days. It is an elegant and beautifully planned city emanating as a star from the Arc de Triomph.
The patter of rain as it fell washing clean the streets and the pink light that shone each morning at dawn, these moments, the awareness of each informed only by our age and lives of the last decade.
There are some places and things one must experience while in I'll share my secret list

To meander:
La Marais- Rue de Turenne, Rue de Sevigne, Rue de Beaumarchais
2nd Arrondissment  Rue de Grand Cerf

To eat:
La Mangerie - ask for Serge, he'll immediately make you feel at home and his tapas will make you leave wanting more...if not for  the waiters and there cheeky behavior!
Chez Janou- country french cooking, this place is bustling, boasts dozens of Pastis to try and waiters displaying authentically impervious Parisian attitude. The cuisine rustic and well prepared.

Hildi Santo Thomas of Trading Spaces visits our booth and brings treats!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's cold outside, but SPRING is hitting stores

After 2 days of major snow and cold arctic air in the Philadelphia area, we at The Artemisian are ready to release the new Spring Line to warm you all up. This is the line that has now become international due to all of our great exposure in Paris!

There are five new lines this time around: Freccia, Sealed (Apostille), Victoriana, Twombly's Lockets, and Due Piccioni, as well as our Bracciali line. Here are a few sneak peek pictures to keep you warm. Go to our shop here for a full list of products and to shop around.

Spring is on its way!
The Artemisian

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmas has come and gone...time to cleanse

It's been a fantastic season of mirth, white flour, amazing cheeses and refined sugars. Oh, I meant, pastas, double creme, cookies galore. But now the body needs a cleanse. It's a shame so many traditionally loved foods are so bad for so many of us. I have a new favorite. She a chef out of Copenhagen thrilled about raw and gluten free.  Sarah B of my my new roots , originally from Toronto, Canada, my neck of the woods, she's a woman after my own must be healthy, taste spectacular have different textures and finally but not by least importance present well. I love her photography.

It's my whole hearted recommendation to check her blog out and make a few things. While the weather outside crisps branches and chaps our lips my fire is blazing inside, candles aglow softly scented pine and my inner muse is cooking up the next collections for fall of 2014. 
In just two short months our Spring collection will be in stores, some already have been selling in our new Asian accounts. Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, check out our website for links. Meanwhile Paris and Germany are also selling our new spring!! Our Philadelphia retailers are holding out, you'll have to wait.
Just a peek....

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Paris through the eyes of the Artemisian

the beginning

 The beginning, the show at the center of this trip sets the framework for which I view the city, in the night and in the early morning. Thursday night after 10 hours of travel and little sleep I meet my sister and friend who have come to help with this dream of mine and although jet legged, with joy we mount the show.
the show
le sorelle

 After the first day of the show, as only the French can do, Champagne flowed on silver trays in Champagne flutes, all so very civilized! We enjoyed the company of designers by the hundreds and a dj that pumped out tunes that made us all gravitate to the tops of tables and dance together as one moving body.We stayed until our aching feet could hold us no longer and then hopped in a taxi, to enjoy a meal of escargot and lamb in the Latin one. 

Bella Giulia

after party

after after party

Day two....

The alarm failed and we ran, ran late like the white rabbit in Alice and Wonderland. Another full day at the show, people watching what a sight. The fashion world is a curious one, not unlike the fine artists world where one tries so desperately to be unique but as mirrors to our own culture ultimately reflect each other. I could watch for days, and I would.
outside the show on Rue Cambon

And so it was for four days and nights 

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 The Closing party themed "Japan" began in the Palais Tokyo with sake.

 And Bento boxes filled the most curious of things, a small plastic tube filled with a cilantro dressing which could be "injected" into the meat as you ate it!

And in the end one day to meander...

 Walking down cobbled streets littered with Baroque and Medieval churches, small shops inhabiting once Patisseries and Pharmacies, shoe choices as individual as ones character each exhibiting the wearers unique sense of style, I have arrived in Paris. I am always visually nourished when I cross the Atlantic, steeped in history surrounded by the strong contrasts of archaic and moderne. Although globalization has homogenized much of our cultures, the architecture the framework within which these cultures move remains unique to each country and beautiful to behold. 

The Artemisian has begun a new chapter and we're excited to share. We were invited, as you know, to show in Paris for Spring 2014 Fashion week . We were received really well, it was our first European trade show we had no expectations for outcome but we have been humbled by the  buyers response to our repurposing mission. We wanted to briefly share our joy and expansion with you. As the shipments go out we will be letting you know the names and locations of all the new stores, stay tuned and have a look at what we saw while we were there. One boutique already has our pieces and when we dropped them off a customer bought one of our stone bands straight away ! Show her your Artemisian appreciation and like her on fb or instagram at  #birdyboutique. They are right in the heart of Paris near the Pompidou center.  It was a dream realized, after years spent collecting miniature Eiffel Towers, sending out into the universe that that was where I wanted to be next. An enormous thanks goes out to my mother, without whom none of this would have been possible her support and encouragement with her daughter's dreams amazing. My sister and dear friend Franco came along and helped put it all together. So very grateful to all who have supported my dreams and helped me to have the courage to realize them. What a ride!