15 Mar 2016

Jewellery: Alexis Bittar


- Jagged Marquis Crystal Clustered Ring - £120 at Liberty
- Two-Part Paired Cocktail Ring - £206 approx
- Adjustable Dangling Tear Ring - £73 approx
Pave Shield Cocktail Ring - £87 approx

New York-based jewellery designer Alexis Bittar is perhaps best known for his Luctite bangles, but a quick browse of his website and it was the collection of jewel encrusted rings that caught my eye! Comprising goldtone, ruthenium, crackle glass, crystal, black mother of pearl - all sorts of beautiful materials - the rings have a somewhat raw, natural quality to them that I'm drawn to. 

11 Mar 2016

The Arts: Nothing but Neon

  Last summer, I happened upon an exhibition of neon lighting at London's Southbank Centre. I say exhibition, but it was more like a random display - I don't know why it was there or what it was in aid of, but it was free to wander around and enjoy the work, so I did! I forgot I had these photos until some idle laptop file sorting the other day brought them to my attention, so please excuse this post occurring some eight months after the event, but life has been busy and sadly this blog seems to have taken a backseat. Anyway, back to the neon! A little investigating suggests that the pieces on show may well have been from the collection of God's Own Junkyard's Chris Bracey - with some pieces certainly designed by the man himself. You can see below how one Chris Bracey piece went from concept to creation as there was a cabinet full of plans for a 'God Save the Queen' piece. It's always a treat to see the thought process behind creations, and this is no exception!
    From Concept to Creation:
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