Saturday, June 13, 2015

Studio Time In Wax City

Hi there! Hope you're having a nice weekend!  It's been a buseeeeey week in the studio for me ;) a cross between stocking up on pieces for the Graffiato collection and working out new ideas for the coming collections.  I think I might be coming down with a serious case of studio fever though.  I've had to escape my jewelry bench which is turning into a city of wax and take a nice walk around my Bushwick neighborhood.  I'm following that by a flat white and some computer time work at a local cafe..only to find myself blogging about the studio which I'm trying to take a break from.. ahhhh!!! :) Oh well, I love it even when I'm a bit sick of it!  Here are some snapshots at the bench =  =  = and well one of me when I was playing with my hats..

Friday, June 5, 2015

Double Lives

We all experience change in our lives, all in varying degrees and at different times, things are always going and continuously evolving.  In my opinion, its the best thing.. and the worst.  The most reliable variable about change is that you can always expect it to throw you for a loop if you're not ready for it.

For any of you who may not already know, aside from making jewelry, I am also a stylist and costume designer / costumer. The latter is my bread and butter, my first love, and second passion.  Okay, I may have a few first loves..but it's definitely up there at the top.  Of course, I would love it if Garage Gypsy could be my bread and butter, too, but that's what I'm here working on :).  Due to the nature of the film industry, having spent 4 years building relationships in LA, and having been in NY for less then a year working mostly on jewelry and a few editorial shoots..I end up back in in LA quite a bit for work.  Since being gone, I can't quite say I love LA more than ever, but it's a bloody close call!  I spent the entire month of May working on the west coast, and officially feel like I live a double life.  It's weird.  Super weird.  Mostly because my life and lifestyle does a 180 degree flip when I go from the east coast to the west and vice versa.  

In NYC, I usually start my mornings by walking around the corner to AP cafe in Bushwick for my morning flat white and croissant or lemon poppyseed scone, where I work on my computer until about noon or 1pm.  Then I either head to my studio to work on some jewelry or I'm running errands/picking up or dropping off in mid-town's jewelry district.  Before having dinner I muster the courage to hit the gym finalllly (after swearing to myself the night before that I would go first thing in the morning).  That's basically the routine, if I ever have one.  NYC also consists of yoga and brunch on Saturdays with my friend, Otmane from London (via Paris and Morocco), lots of Aussie style coffee, walking, reading, and street art admiration.  Oh, and freezing my bootie off..!

Now take me to LA and all of a sudden my life becomes a book of multitasking, driving, and rays of sunshine.  The day usually starts with either a juice from Lassan's or a coconut cardamom smoothie from Nature Well (because I'm obsessed) - if it's the weekend I'm probably eating pear pancakes at The Kitchen.  Then I'm off to work, either pulling at Universal or Warner Brothers, headhunting for clothing at the Americana/Galleria or something of the like, or all of the above.  If I have time to breath, I get lunch, otherwise I go until the day's to-dos are crossed of the list.  Sometimes, I'm painting creepy faces onto masks or sewing things.  And, if it's not a prep day, then I'm either on set for 12 hours or finishing a job with a day of wrapping and returns.  All the moments in between are usually spent squeezing in dates with friends - my super favourite part to being back in LA.  Luckily being on set also aids in seeing/hanging with my favourite people, as there just never is enough time.   This last month was a little extra crazy, as at one point I worked 36 hours straight without sleeping (due to some work hiccups).  The next night I had the chills, was nauseous and shaking so badly that I went to the ER.  After finding out I had an infection, some muscles relaxers, antibiotics and a couple hours sleep later I was back on set working with my body feeling like it had been run over by a semi.  It kind of sucked (especially at the time) but I get such a rush of adrenaline with my job that I kind of feel like I can do anything, and I can't help but to admit liking that.  All in all it was a bit of an exhausting month, but I'm quite a bit sad it's over.   

Now I'm back in NYC, trying to adapt back to life here.  It's weird.  It's also my last month in New York, pretty soon I'll be starting my little adventure in London.  So while I'm missing on LA, I'm massively distracted by the fact that I have only 25 days to live up the rest of NYC.  Yikes!

On that note; I'll head to the photo diary of last month in LA.. bc why not..  :)

 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Meaning Behind the "Brand"

I've been working with a dear friend recently on the "branding" of Garage Gypsy; it's been an interesting, dig deep kind of process.  I'm not sure how I feel about the word "brand" because to me it just feels and sounds so commercial, but I've been wanting to address it for a few reasons.  Garage Gypsy has been my little baby since it was discovered and brought to life in 2009.  It's aesthetic and mission has basically been an extension of myself, which is wonderful because it's real, honest, and organic, but for that same reason it always feels like there's a bit of aesthetic chaos lingering in the clear waters.   In order to really solidify the voice of Garage Gypsy, I figured a bit of branding work was necessary to establish the world in which my creations will live.  So far it's been an extremely fun and challenging mission for me.  That being said, I thought I would share with you some of what's been established during the journey thus far :)  

In one phase, I had to come up with a list of key words that really described Garage Gypsy.  This is what list came to be..

JEWELRY     HONEST     BEAUTIFUL     EXPRESSIVE     ELEGANT     ETERNAL     FUN     INDIVIDUALISTIC     FREE     CELEBRATORY     CONFIDENT     WABI SABI.

And in another phase, I had to look for images and designs that would give off the vibe of these words.  Essentially creating a mood board for GG.  This is what I came up with.. 



AND THERE WE HAVE IT.
The world of Garage Gypsy ;)


Hope you enjoyed!  I'd love to hear your thoughts, feedback and any advice you may have when it comes to this subject matter - as this area of things is constantly a learning process for me. 

[xo] the garage gypsy

Sunday, April 26, 2015

All that is Gold Gitter and Glam

I'm so excited to have gotten photos back from a recent shoot I styled with with the beautiful Model: Kat, AMP New York, amazing Photographer: Klaudia Fraszczyk and talented MUA: Kayla Fenwick. Of course you might recognize some Garage Gypsy gracing the hands ;)










[xo] the garage gypsy

Friday, April 24, 2015

GET UP and GO Secrets

Hey guys!  I don't know how many of you out there are night owls like me, but if you are then you might relate not only to the challenge of getting yourself to bed at a reasonable hour, but then up early with actual MOTIVATION to be productive.  I am what you might call a night person with the dreadful desire to be a morning person.  I get these energy kicks that roll in at 2am, but I know that I feel my best when the sun is up and I have a full tank of sleep in my noggin.. and only good can come from feeling good! (thus my desire to change)

In October of last year I discovered the Accidental Creative while stocking up on podcasts for my subway hauls into Manhattan after recently moving from the west coast to Brooklyn.  I instantly fell in love and since committing myself to earlier mornings, they have become just as essential as my Flat White in the morning (a ritual I established while living down under in Melbourne). Uh, not much beats a good flat white. ;)  

Anyways, it's time I spread the word and share one of my favourite episodes (of MANY) by Todd Henry of the Accidental Creative, THE POWER OF A MORNING RITUAL.  Because..

What you do first thing in the morning often sets the tone for the rest of your day.



Another thing I finally started making use of are the articles and "cheat sheets" on the website.  
I guess you can never be reminded of some things too many times ;)


Here's the Cheat Sheet from this episode:

Get up at the same time each day. If possible, set your alarms in advance for each day in order to establish your plan. (I use the Gentle Wake app on my Pebble Watch, but you can use any smartphone for the same purpose.)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's NEW ? ? ?

The Graffiato Collection !!! Is HERE !  It has been hand carved from wax + is cast using the lost wax casting process in your choice of Solid Bronze or Sterling Silver, made specially for YOU  >  >

The inspiration for this collection came from my growing love for street art and graffiti. As I've slowly began traveling the world I've come to recognize the works of many street artists and as I've become more familiar, I've discovered how much I love being on a completely different side of the globe and finding someone's work I recognize. That contradictory feeling of the familiar and the unfamiliar colliding is amazing. 



We're all here trying to leave little pieces of "us" + the Graffiato Collection was created as a reminder to scratch away your name in everything you do, to leave your mark in this beautiful world.

Made in New York City. Conceptualized from across the world.

Each piece is made to order and unique.  PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE :)  If you have any questions regarding sizing or need help with figuring out your ring size leave a comment below + I'll get you fixed up in no time :)


  
Where does the word GRAFFIATO come from?? Both "graffiti" and its occasional singular form "graffito" are from the Italian word graffiato meaning "scratched." Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface, often in a public place.  Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.  Graffiti is applied in art history to works of art produced by scratching a design into a surface. A related term is sgraffito, which involves scratching through one layer of pigment to reveal another beneath it.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Happppppy last day of February!

Who's ready to kick off March?  I don't know about you, but I sure am ready for some springtime, my first NYC winter has been wonderful (I've loved all the snow!) but I'm pretty sure my body isn't made for this cold and it's craving some serious sunshine!! 


Last weekend I was hanging out at Rough Trade and bought The Districts' new record album, A Flourish and a Spoil, and I've been listening to it non-stop all week.  They're bloody awesome.  I'd recommend checking them out on Spotify or buying the album, only 300 copies were made on purple coloured vinyl.   http://thedistrictsband.com


Friday, February 27, 2015

Working In the Studio - Behind the Scenes

Hi there! Welcome to my little studio set-up in Brooklyn, NY where the magic happens :) and where I've been basically living for the past month as I nearly finish my new collection for the springtime.  Working through the designs from sketching on paper to carving in the wax is a true passion of mine.  Like all passions though, it is mixed of highs and lows, like surfing the waves of love and challenge.  I'm excited to say that I'm almost done and that pieces will be available by March 15! (Well hopefully! I'll be working my butt off until then ;) )

A look at my desk (it never looks this clean when I'm actually at work!) 


A sneak peak into my sketch book, where some of the ideas are born..


The beginnings of the carving process! And how the desk looks when I'm at work. Wax EVERYWHERE!


Here is one of the rings in it's stage of being carved from wax..


That same ring, after it's been casted, cleaned and polished!  My favorite part!


One of the bracelets freshly carved..


Trying out the handmade porcelain spikes, before they get fired in the kiln..


Giving this little baby a cleaning now that it's been casted into bronze..


Before + after being cleaned up and polished!


YIPPEEEE! 

What do you guys think? Which is your favorite so far?  I'd love to hear your feedback and comments :)


[xo] the garage gypsy