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  • Artist Interview with Alison Blair Stern

    When we're on the look out for new artists and producers, first impressions of their designs and the aesthetics of their work are so important. If something grabs us right away, we know others will feel the same way. But things get really interesting when an artist's work starts to evolve and change over time and they take us on a new journey. We've enjoyed going on that ride with Alison Blair Stern, a Colorado artist who we met on our first buying trip to New York City. Sometimes you have to travel away from home to find what's right there in your own back yard.

    Here is our latest artist interview featuring jewelry artist Alison Blair Stern: 

    How did you get started in jewelry design and jewelry making? How did you learn to do what you do?

    I am self-taught. I got started because I was looking for a way to de-stress, so I started stringing beads. I had seen a necklace I loved and decided to try to make it. My mom bet me that I wouldn't do it and I did. Then I went to a local consignment shop and told them I was a jewelry designer and asked if they would carry my jewelry. I made a few pieces and everything sold that weekend. Then I was hooked.

    Where do you find your inspiration - how do you come up with your design ideas?

    I am inspired by very simple designs, in a natural state. That's why I love raw diamonds. I also love playing with color combinations. My father was a fine artist and many of my colors are derived from his early abstracts.

    What are some design elements, materials and/or products that you are particularly excited about right now?

    I love presenting tension in my designs, like the sophistication of diamonds but in their raw state; similarly I've been working a lot with leather, but alongside distressed metals, as you can see in my magnetic arc bracelets.

    What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs in creative industries, especially those starting out?

    I would say to create what you love regardless of trends. The designs will often align, but I find that if I don't love a piece, it is usually not successful. Also, start out modestly and from the heart. Don't go after the latest trend and the big bucks. Just love what you do. 

  • Get Ready for Valentine's Day - Jewelry Trunk Show

    Diamonds, leather, silver . . . so much loveliness used in unexpected ways by jewlery artist Alison Blair Stern. Her pieces are romantic without being trite. Pick up something for yourself or someone you love for Valentine's Day - or for no reason other than they are indeed lovely.

    Join us on Thursday, February 4 from 5-7 p.m. for a Happy Hour Trunk Show with Alison Blair Studio. 

  • Introducing New Jewelry from Crow Jane Jewelry

    At Reverie Living, we feature products from near and far. While we love the buying trips that help us scour the globe for those distinctive, design-forward products you have come to love, we also enjoy scanning our local handmade markets for Colorado-based artists creating fresh pieces that speak to our forward-looking spirit.

    Thus our new line of Crow Jane Jewelry from Jessica Thomas, showcasing some of her brass pieces with black tipped patina. A tad bit of the rustic but on shapes that are unmistakably contemporary and urban.

     

  • Dear Margot Jewelry Trunk Show - May 3

    Just in time for Mother's Day, join us on Saturday, May 3 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. for a special Trunk Show with local jewelry artist Sarah Gregori.

    Sarah launched her new jewelry line Dear Margot, in early 2013 and accolades soon followed. She was the finalist in the jewelry category of the Rising Star 2013 Colorado Competition of Fashion Group International of Denver. Her simple, modern designs make a statement without the fuss.

    Find a distinctive piece for a mother in your life, or just treat yourself to a new piece of jewelry for Spring!

  • Doozie Jewelry Trunk Show - February 9

    Valentine's Day can be fraught, so let's elevate this love-it-or leave-it holiday a bit. Come embrace this mid-winter holiday as an opportunity to show either ourselves or someone we love, well, a little extra love.

    On Sunday, February 9 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. we will host a trunk show with local jewelry artist Susan Murphy featuring her Doozie jewelry line. Always distinctive and ever-changing, Doozie jewelry is a perfect way to express a stand-out style while keeping things clean and simple. Here's to a little extra love.

  • Inside the Creative Process - Doozie Jewelry

    Doozie Jewelry, by local artist Susan Murphy, really caught our eye the first time we encountered her work at one of the local artists' markets. The designs and materials were unlike other hand-crafted jewelry we were seeing. And the quality was evident. We recently sat down with Susan to talk about her work and how she got started.

    How did you get started - how did you learn to do what you do?

    SM: I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Initially, I thought I would major in graphic design, which was a starting point to get closer to fine art, but I wasn’t necessarily sure about being an artist.

    I took an intro class to metals and really loved it, especially the hands-on nature of working with and manipulating material to create something tangible rather than simply designing on a computer. So I switched my major to metals and jewelry, where we also learned how to fabricate other objects with metals, such as vessels and utensils, among other items.

    There are a number of paths an artist can take after school, and I decided to strike out on my own rather than working and designing for someone else. I set up a studio in my brother’s garage in Louisville, KY and began to acquire the equipment and machinery needed to create metal-based jewelry. I eventually moved into an artist’s co-op and focused on building up an inventory of product, dabbling in art fairs and craft shows and approaching shops about carrying my work.

    Ultimately, I felt that I needed a bigger potential market than Louisville offered. I did a lot of research about Denver and found that there is a lively handmade artisan community with frequent, high-quality craft and art shows, as well as small retailers that appreciate and carry handmade products. 

    Where do you find your inspiration - how do you come up with your design ideas?

    SM: The method by which I work and find my ideas has changed over time and continues to evolve. The more time that I have spent in the studio and working as a jeweler, the more I am able to create as I go. At first I would plan and sketch designs more and then apply them to the material later. Now, as I work at the bench, ideas and shapes emerge as I go. There’s a lot more playing around with the material and seeing what happens.

    What are some materials/shapes/design elements that you are using and are particularly excited about right now?

    SM: I favor minimalist design that is clean and unadorned. Repetition is a design fundamental for me. I come up with a shape or component, and then see what happens if I repeat it or combine it with different sizes or treatments of the same shape. For example, one or two small circles repeated can become a constellation. I am also working a lot with negative space to create clean contrasts.

    Recently, I have been moving back into just working with metals – silver, brass, copper – and seeing what can happen with playing around with finishes and textures. I still like gem stones and color, but if I’m working with stones, I’ll explore different kinds of bands, or off-setting the gems so they are not at the center of a piece.

    What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs in creative industries?

    You have to just jump in and realize that you’re going to learn a lot as you go. It’s inevitable that you’re going to make mistakes, but if you’re a risk taker, self-reliant, and can trust your artistic instincts, you should just go for it. It’s not always going to be easy, but the rewards are worth it. You can make your own schedule, career, and life.

    You also need to always push yourself to do better. Even when business is slow, you should make an effort to create good work because if the product’s not there and at the highest level, then you can’t expect anything to happen.

     

  • 5280

    A sense of place is connected to personal experiences, feelings, and physical environments. For me, coming back to Colorado and Denver is a homecoming of the heart. I was born here and married here, with a life built in between in the Midwest and then beyond for the balance of my adult life.

    When we opened Reverie Living, I wanted to celebrate our mile high city with something distinct and recognizable to residents and visitors alike, but just a silhouette of the mountains wouldn’t do. To be the mile high city is to be 5280. It’s everywhere, why not on jewelry?

    We are pleased to introduce our expanding line of 5280 jewelry made in partnership with Hot Mama Designs and Sugar Soul Studios exclusively for Reverie Living. 
     


    Sterling silver necklaces, delicate leather wrap bracelets, or key chains help us celebrate the spirit of where we are. And if we can’t be here, let them be tokens to remind us of this, our place.

     

  • Mother's Day Giving

    Everyone has a mother. She may not be with us in person, but is at the very least in spirit. Whether your Mother’s Day celebration is for a new mom or a great grandma, you want your sentiment to reflect just how you feel.  

    We think that three of our local jewelry designers create pieces that fit the bill perfectly for Mother’s Day. They are beautiful in their simplicity and represent the kind of artistry every mother deserves. Here are just a few examples of pieces we have that could bring a smile to any Mother.

    Glazed Enamel Series from Susan Murphy of Doozie Jewelry:

    Hammered Shapes Necklaces from Katherine Sanz of Moonspun Jewelry:

     

    Delicate Briolettes on Silk Cord from Alison Blair Studios: