Sunday, June 12, 2011

With One Finding

I had the pleasure of being invited by my dear friend, Diane Cook to participate in her "With One Finding" design challenge along with five other designers.  We were all asked to use the "Marianne" brass filigree finding from the Brass Bouquet in a piece of jewelry.  And look at the inspiring results of the following artists in the current Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine now on the shelves.

(this would be yours truly)

In the photo you will note that Riki Schumacher's name appears as the designer of this piece, however, this is Maire's creation.

Diane Cook (left) and Riki Schumacher (right)

Isn't it amazing how each person's creation is truly a reflection of their individual, artistic style.  Every one is unique.  This was certainly a growing experience for us all.  As a result of this challenge, I learned to look more closely at the versatility of just a single element and the infinite possibilities of its use in my designs. 
Thank you, Diane, for including me in this challenge.....such fun!
And thank you to Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine for featuring this collaboration.  As usual the photos are amazing.

Friday, June 3, 2011


Hello all...hoping you have been enjoying your week and are getting ready for a relaxing weekend.  I just had to share with you one of my days this past week.  My friend, Robin Kaplan, who is the clothing designer I have the pleasure of working with on occasion, invited me and a few others to her lovely home for a private viewing of some of her gorgeous clothes. 

Robin garment dyes each and every piece herself.  This day, Robin's color was "pearl"....and I just had to try and capture the loveliness of these pieces hanging on the weathered fence near the dyeing tubs. Each piece took the dye differently depending on the fabric.....silks, of course.

Other pieces hung on a nearby clothing rack waiting their turn.


We were treated to yummy snacks while we tried on anything our hearts desired. 


Oh, how much fun it playing dressup in a queen's closet.

(Kathee and Melinda)
What started out to be a very organized table ladden with Robin's collections, a few hours later turned into a mass of wonderful colors and fabrics.....we just had too much fun dressing each other up.

A sea of threads displayed in one of Robin's design rooms.....I loved the colors.

Melinda and Robin brain-storming on a new design.

This is one of Melinda's amazing wedding gown designs created with recycled fabrics.  Perfect for that romantic seaside exchanging of vows.
My closet plays host to four more pieces of Robin's beautiful clothing....thank you Robin.  What a fun day it was!
While visiting with Robin, she and her friends expressed an interest in learning basic wire wrapping and fundamentals of jewelry design.  As a result, I have put together such a class which will be held in Robin's very charming home on the central coast of California.  And through Robin's graciousness, I am able to open up the class to those of you who would like to join us. 
The class will be a two-day workshop, July 16 & 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For all of the details, please download the flyer below.  Reservations can be made by contacting me via email.  Just click on the "contact" button above.