Artist of the Week: Chelsea Farmer

Our Artist of the Week is Chelsea Farmer who created HorseFeathers in 2009 with her mother and co-founder Tammy.  HorseFeathers was launched in Chelsea’s hometown of Western Kentucky starting as a small local shop which bloomed into a strong e-commerce brand across the nation.

HorseFeathersGifts.com offers vintage-inspired and exclusive accessories, home goods, and jewelry that features our silk ribbons. Inspired by the rural landscape of Kentucky, Chelsea and Tammy worked together to create a country, small town feel with all of their products. The immense success of HorseFeathers has allowed the company the opportunity to be featured in Ok! Magazine, Fox News, and has gained great popularity among celebrities nationwide.

Setting HorseFeathers apart from competitors is that Chelsea and her mom pride themselves on being an eco-friendly company. They are committed to using Earth’s natural resources fairly and wisely, using only fair trade supply parters and recycling all throughout the studio. HorseFeathers truly is a company anyone would love.

Below are pictures of some of the custom-made silk wrap bracelets HorseFeathers using Class Act Designs silk ribbons.

To learn more, please visit Chelsea’s website at http://www.horsefeathersgifts.com/

 

 

 

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Class Act Designs Silk Scarves

Greetings family, friends, and colleagues! As some of you may know, in addition to our silk ribbons, Class Act Designs also makes silk scarves. All of our scarves are handmade, hand-dyed 100% chiffon silk, just like our silk ribbons. Currently, we have six scarf blends available for wholesale purchase, they are:

1. SCF101: Mango Blend

2. SCF102: Om My!

3. SCF103: Kaleidoscope

4. SCF104: Heather

5. SCF105: Harvest Festival

6. SCF106: La Vida Loca

Each scarf can come in two styles, cut-edge or infinity in two different lengths: Small 4″ x 64″ ($50 wholesale each) or Large 11″ x 67″ ($65 wholesale each). Below are some pictures of a few of our different colors, go to the Scarves section on our website to order and please please, spread the word!

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Photos from top to bottom: Mango Blend, Heather, La Vida Loca

 

 

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2014 Bead & Button Show

We had such a fabulous time at this years Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI. It is always a pleasure to see old friends and meet new ones every time we attend the Bead & Button Show. Thank you to all who came out and purchased our silk ribbons. Below are a some great pictures of our silk display, read more at the following link: 

http://bds.jewelrymakingmagazines.com/reference/bead-room/2014/06/2014-beadbutton-show-recap

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Jewelry by Chelsea Farmer

Chelsea Farmer, owner and designer of HorseFeathers, creates stunning silk wrap bracelets using our silk ribbons. Below are just some of the amazing jewelry Chelsea makes with our ribbons, visit her site to order.

www.horsefeathersgifts.com

 

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Artist of the Week: Laura Souder

Laura Souder has been a professional jewelry designer and ceramic artist for over 35 years. Her style is simple, yet elegant.  It is composed of a careful balance of hues, contrast, and proportion, punctuated with subtle details.

Nature is an endless source of inspiration for her. Her spirit is renewed as she enjoys her garden, trees, birds and wildlife. Her artwork reflects her connection with nature, and her love for its organic beauty.

As a ceramic artist, she did her graduate study at Rhode Island School of Design. Laura has been creating original handcrafted colored porcelain jewelry since 1978.

Her current passion is raku ceramics, and not surprisingly, raku jewelry!  Laura first discovered Class Act Designs silk ribbons online and fell in love, but didn’t have any jewelry to match at the time. Three years later she met Fran and Judy, the founders of and owners of Class Act Designs, at the To Bead True Blue Show in Tucson. This time she was ready with a new delicious collection of raku pendants. What a perfect match!

Laura no longer shows her pendants on chain, but displays them artistically on Class Act Designs silk ribbons.  It’s a match made in heaven! Examples of her jewelry pendants using Class Act Designs silk ribbons are shown below:

 

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You can find Laura Souder’s Raku pendants and jewelry components at her etsy store, www.LauraSouderStudio.etsy.com, and visit her booth at the 2015 Tucson To Bead True Blue Show.

 

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Artist of the Week: Cirello Metalsmith

Cirello Metalsmith is a partnership of artisans who strive to inspire passion, life and evolution by manifesting a positive transformation from within. By creating a tangible representation of a particular moment or thought, collectors become a moving canvas for the “miniature time-capsule” expressing this intention into the future.

mosaic93a8066a2d5a9843dfc2ebbfdbb36263f45ee7ceWith designs emerging from Sacred Geometry, their art is recognized as a symbol of the Divine connections within all that exists, creating jewelry that is meant to connect its wearers to more than just the physical creations. Their work will ground you and open your awareness to the infinite potential we all hold.

mosaic8cbf5cbcff010110e3451140247c75e6b93cc054Empowering others to share the messages of Love that come from honoring our collective Spirit each piece contains a story – a way of life that can be traced through these wearable artworks over generations.

Featured lines:

AMORDIVIN: Hand-Cut Fine Jewelry & Inspired by Divine Love
Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, AMORDIVIN is crafted from sterling silver, copper, brass, precious and semi-precious gemstones. Each piece is hand-cut with a jeweler’s saw from sheet metal then transformed through heat and other precision tools, expressing the unique qualities of hand-made offerings.

mosaicad02005d9506e6b269547bfab9961b798931b985SACRED EXISTENCE: Laser-Cut Stainless Steel Jewelry & Reclaim Your Sacred Existence
Sacred Existence is made in San Diego, CA from hand selected pieces of reclaimed 316L stainless steel providing eco-friendly, hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant jewelry. These designs are laser cut, hand-polished and formed by local artisans who are dedicated to quality craftsmanship and the well-being of our world.

mosaic222b400196208f6aaadb03e5c21eb726ee190ffaAbout the Artists:

Matthew Cirello found his passion in metal with his first jewelry class in 2002 at Humboldt State. After college, he moved back to San Diego to live in the house where he grew up with his parents, who were willing to help him with his art career. He set up shop in the garage and worked part-time jobs while making jewelry every day. He was determined to become a proffesional jewelry artist. Since then, he has received multiple awards for his talents, became a member of Spanish Village Art Center in 2007, opened his first gallery in 2008 – Positive Space and in 2009 began collaborating with another local artist, Jonathan Wheeler, to create a laser-cut reclaimed stainless steel line, Sacred Existence.

mosaic4c5b0290a1e4b22b7c24aa3427c379923caf4d70Jasmine discovered her passion for the arts while apprenticing under Matthew from 2009-2010. When life brought her across the country to Virginia, she continued to follow her artistic path. Building a small metalworking studio in her home, she deepened her knowledge of her trade while studying under a local goldsmith and received her RYT200 certification at Healing Arts & Yoga Center in Fredericksburg. In August of 2012, she moved back to San Diego settling in her studio at Positive Space, where you can watch her and Matthew crafting their hand-cut fine jewelry line, AMORDIVIN.

Cirello Metalsmith is here to serve humanity. Creating tangible manifestations of positive intention for you to carry with you on this journey of life. We feel blessed that such talented artists incorporate Class Act Designs silk ribbons into their work! Find more inspiring work from Cirello Metalsmith on their Etsy page, and check out this video on Wrist Mandala and Tools of Transformation! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4-GRJTZWpQ

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Artist of the Week: Lori Cohn

Our featured artist of the week is Lori Cohn, owner of Charmed Design!

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Have you ever had an experience that changed your life forever? Lori Cohn’s jewelry, Charmed Design, was born out of such an event. It came into being as something constructive and positive to do while Lori recovered from a sudden and life threatening illness.

 A few years ago, Lori woke to find herself in an intensive care unit with absolutely no knowledge of how she got there. Lori learned that she had become ill from an infection that was a side effect of a routine tooth extraction. She came very close to dying, had several life saving surgeries, and is blessed to be here today.

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Though the illness caused Lori to lose her job, home, and life as she knew it, surviving such a near death experience has made her feel and believe that she is indeed – CHARMED.

 After a month or two of creating, Lori had a pile of pretty bracelets using handmade and hand-dyed silk ribbons, and discovered that she wanted to inspire and empower other women by sharing her experience, gratitude, and hope through the medium of jewelry.

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After encouragement from her very supportive family, Lori decided to open up shop on Etsy.com. Fast forward a couple of years and she now has a successful website of her own and sells in boutiques, spas and yoga studios around the world.

 Out of tragedy has come something beautiful. Lori has a career that she loves and is getting healthier by the day. Lori’s jewelry reflects her experience and love for life. She shares this by exploring the fascinating world of symbols that have traditionally surrounded and directed us. Lori uses charms and energetic stones to design each piece to be full of meaning and beautifully unique. Her jewelry is all about feeling good and looking gorgeous….If Lori can be charmed, so can you!

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Here at Class Act Designs, we are so thankful that unique artists like Lori can put their own artistic touch on our silk ribbons! Take a look at the Charmed Design’s Facebook page to find more inspirational work.

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