Last year, many people came to this fundraiser to get beautiful jewelry for Christmas gifts, and it made a HUGE difference! 100% of the money goes toward helping refugees in Uganda. Come hang out, get some shopping done and help make a positive impact on people who need our help!
WHAT: 2nd-annual Jewelry for Jenipher fundraiser, in memory of the Girl’s Hostel President who died last year of complications related to malaria.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Holiday Inn Express in Loveland, 6092 East Crossroads Blvd, near the Budweiser Event Center.
WHAT’S THERE: Colorful African jewelry handmade by Acholi women on the camp. Jewelry is inexpensive, ranging from about $10-20 per item.
MORE INFO: Check out Thinkhumanity.etsy.com for examples of the jewelry. See Thinkhumanity.org for more info on our nonprofit.
Fashion vow for winter 2010: I shall wear a scarf every single day. Scarves are probably the only style trend in history that no only improve any outfit, but they also are practical. Finally, fashion meets function, in a wearable noose!Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite
A high-school reader recently asked me this question. Here is my answer.
It is about beauty. At the core of everything that humans do is the quest for beauty. It drives everything we are and everything we do. Ultimately, beauty is something DONE WELL, and when something is done well, we consider it art. How we express ourselves visually is an extension of ourselves – how we communicate, relate, feel, prioritize and see the world. If we choose to imitate others or we try to look like someone who we are not, that says a lot about how we define ourselves, and our reality. Fashion is a fascinating societal window, and it can serve as a sort of key to translating the values of societies throughout time. Also, beautiful things trigger a pleasure response in our brains. Pretty things make us happy.
My friend recently asked me if I know of any good local designers.
Boulder might have a reputation for hairy armpits, but those armpits are gosh darn creative. Meaning we have an extensive list of excellent designers right here in our home town.
I realized there is no comprehensive list of Boulder County fashion designers, so I quickly compiled one based on some of my favorites. There are many more that I have probably overlooked in my end-of-week, undercaffeinated daze.
1. Boulder’s absolute best designer:
Designer CarolAnn Wachter, who moved to Boulder from New York.
She only designs dresses, jackets and hats. She started with hats, as a way to financially support her painting career. She had been trying to get an appointment with Barneys New York when someone saw one of her hats at a party. The woman worked at Barneys, and called Wachter in right away.
The hats were so popular, she began making coats and dresses, too. Her designs are now available in New York, Chicago and Tokyo. Soon Boulder. For now, check her out at www.carolannwachter.com.
Wachter sees fashion as a form of art. Her silhouettes are elegant, yet functional. The fabrics are as high-quality as those used by world-renowned designers, she says. And she uses her fine-arts background to design original prints.
Wachter is inspired by the classics: Old movies and photographs. She had to search hard to find a sewing machine that could do the old-fashioned “gilmore stitch” on her ’40s evening jacket in satin crepe. Her hats include a “spiral ’60s” hat and a fedora.
2. Stud Apparel, of Broomfield, www.studapparel.com — This line allows me to keep one foot in punk rock and the other in the sunshine. Especially my favorite shirt, a fitted deep V-neck tee with light grey and white argyle print (ooh, cute), accented by a picture of a black pistol (ooh, tough), $32.
You can find Stud Apparel online or at Buffalo Exchange, 1717 Walnut St., Boulder.
3. The Secret Boutique: www.etsy.com/shop/thesecretboutique, www.dailycamera.com/ci_16267929
The Secret Boutique is inspired by Gothic, neo-Victorian and steam-punk. Features one-of-a-kind designs and deconstructed pieces, as well as custom corsets, burlesque outfits and historical-inspired bridal gowns.
5. Blue Jean Pink: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_14101175
Blue Jean Pink styles are made out of recycled jeans, velvet, ballerina tulle, ribbons and retro/burlesque influences – oh, and hearts. Lots of pink and red hearts. We especially love the denim corsets. So sexy and unique.
Paulson’s styles have stolen our hearts – and for only $20 to $44 each. Check them out at www.bluejeanpink.com and www.bluejeanpink.etsy.com.
6. Dot’s Diner Aprons:
7. English Retreads: http://www.englishretreads.com/
English Retreads repurposes inner tubes collected from local truck stops.
8. JLRY: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_16071731
Jen Raga designs beautiful fabric flower accessories, inspired in part by the tulips on the Pearl Street Mall. Recently featured on NBC’s “The Today Show.”
9. Ru Fabricates: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_15219269
We love the bags for their fabric patterns, great colors and sleek shapes.One of the reasons we love vintage accessories is they are unique and often durable (they have to be if they’ve lasted 40-plus years). Some of Galbreath’s bags look vintage, and also boast that same originality and quality.
Check out the Etsy shop at www.jrmiller77.etsy.com. Also find Ru Fabricates at www.rufabricates.com and on Facebook. Contact Galbreath at email@example.com for questions or custom bags.
10. Natha Perkins: Natha Perkins jewelry, www.lusciousmetals.com.
Natha Perkins, a Louisville jeweler, is inspired by words. She wants her accessories to evoke a feeling, dream or memory through the combo of metal, stones and words.
Every time I think I’ve found my favorite Natha Perkins piece, I find another: delicate “fairy ring” necklaces ($110); a plum pendant made with Australian crystal detail ($185); a small copper heart necklace inscribed with the word “pierced” ($102).
I’m totally intrigued by a green stone ring she made with the word “secrets” stamped on the side. For a hush-hush lover? Or a naughty promise? This piece evokes “Desperate Housewives” in me.
11. Dsenyo bags, www.dsenyo.com. Lafayette artist Marissa Perry Saints founded Dsenyo in 2007 after living in Malawi. Her contemporary African-style bags are made out of low-impact dyes and sustainable fibers, such as hemp and organic cotton. Plus, a portion of the sales goes to community development projects in Africa.
This year, the business is moving production to Malawi, training women there to sew the bags for a fair wage.
My favorite item is the Holiday Hobo bag, $110, featuring a triangle pattern in red with gold metallic accents and a black herringbone hemp trim.
Find Dsenyo bags Muse Gallery, 356 Main St., Longmont; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder; Particulars, 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette; and Sew Fresh Studio, 361 Second Ave., Niwot.
- Boulder-based Cowboy’s Sweetheart Jewelry (cowboys-sweetheart.com, from about $58-$380). This line recently won the 2010 Jewelry Design Business Development Grant, sponsored by wholesaler Halstead Bead Inc.
The annual, nationwide award goes to a jeweler with exceptional design skill and business acumen.
The local artist, Amy Fortunato, studied fine arts at the University of Connecticut. She says she moved to Colorado and started Cowboy’s Sweetheart as her answer to the call, “Go west, young lady, go west.”
13. KIR jewelry, kircollection.com.
Boulder’s Kirsten Boedecker began designing jewelry nearly 20 years ago. She starts each piece with the idea that a well made piece might become an heirloom.
“I think that every woman likes to tap into her femininity, and wearing a piece of my jewelry brings that fun and sexy factor to the forefront,” Boedecker says.
KIR donates a portion of proceeds to community groups, including the Colorado Youth Program and Chooseoutdoors.org. Find it online at shopgoldyn.com or at Starfish Jewelry, 1738 Pearl St. in Boulder.
14. Green Guru Gear, greengurugear.com.
Boulderite Davidson Lewis started this line as an extension of his senior thesis project. His friend at a printing shop gave him some vinyl scraps to play with, and Lewis came up with messenger bags — made out of old billboards.
The bags are tough, functional and Mama-Earth-loving. And in case you’re afraid of looking like a walking ad for Southern Comfort, the vinyl just looks like funky graphic print when it’s chopped down.
Prices start around $29.95 for shoulder totes or about $100 for messenger bags. Find them at Topo Ranch (1505 Pearl St., Boulder) or Bicycle Village (2100 28th St., Boulder).
JUST BEYOND BOULDER
15. DVLP Clothing (www.developclothing.com), of Denver, is one of my favorite local designers. This line, for kids, men and women, makes edgy, skater-esque tees, jackets, skirts, hats, belt buckles and pants under the mission to “create, inspire, evolve and move forward.”
16. CLP Jewelry, of Denver, www.clpjewelry.com — This jewelry is made with a torch and hammer. Designs, made with gold, sterling and stones, are rustic yet classic. Each piece is unique. In fact, the designer, Christy Lea Payne, says she loves to find the “special imperfections” in the pieces she designs.
“So few things in life are perfect,” she says.
I know it’s sunny outside and I didn’t even wear a coat to work today, but I heard “Jingle Bells” playing in the Flatirons Mall last weekend, so I take it that it’s officially the nondenominational Holiday Season again.
I have been such a good girl this year that I am sure you’ll agree I deserve A LOT OF STUFF. Because we shouldn’t just be good people because that’s the right thing to do, but we should be good in order to get STUFF.
That being clear, here is part one of my Christmas, er, I mean, for-no-reason-just-because-it’s-December-I-guess wish list.
3. Vintage letterpress drawer jewelry holder, $98, www.etsy.com/shop/bluebirdheaven.
4. Any of the altered book-purses from The Smart Girl shop (which blends fashion and literature omg I’m such a geek because I’m in love with this concept), EXCEPT please not the Twilight books because… really. www.etsy.com/shop/SmartGirlsArt.
If you didn’t read my article on Sunday about the science of art, click here:
Here are some more thoughts on the topic that came to me after deadline. I am intrigued by this topic so much that I thought I’d share these here.
The words of Sally Eckert 11/10/10 @ Marisol Imports on The Science of Art:
“Going back thousands of years, even to the original cave paintings in France, people painted to create an image that would affect the psyche of the person entering that area – be it a temple, a cave, a church. Even if the viewer had no knowledge of the actual religion or didn’t know how to read or to write, the image created a learning experience. As art developed through the centuries, church paintings were created to allow you to feel the presence of the Christ, to feel the divinity of the Madonna. If you’re going to influence people in a mass way, you usually have to have a repetitive image which keeps people thinking about the same concepts over and over and over again. So every time you see a picture of the Virgin Mary, you think the same thoughts, even if painted by a different artists, the colors are the same, the gestures are the same, the way the baby is held is the same, so that the image keeps creating the same sort of emotional effect.
So art, through the ages, was definitely used for healing, mostly by indigenous people including the Native American and Tibetan cultures. The original purpose of art was to create healing, whether through healing mandalas, sand-paintings or on murals. Because your intent was to heal through an image, the patient, or the viewer, actually has a physical and emotional experience of this image transferring through the brain, and REPATTERNING the psyche.
This is something that is currently being done through all sorts of modern brain therapies, including EMDR. If you have a blocked image in the nervous system, it can cause repetitive neurological patterns, as in post traumatic stress disorder, and you have to unblock that pattern. You can do this through imaging.
And this really is the point of art. It’s not just decorate and match you couch, it really is to have an affect on your life. Art that is considered master work has a real emotional impact on you. You don’t just walk by it and go “oh that’s nice.” The image actually resonates in the brain and creates an emotional impact.
It is important that people really understand this concept because images have a profound effect on us. For instance, when the Twin Towers went down, seeing that over and over and over again caused emotional damage to the American psyche; real fear, stress, pain and agony replayed again and again. In contrast, if we create art focused on a healing process around that experience, a real global healing having to do with breaking down the barriers of religion and politics and we repeated THAT imagery over and over and over again to the population, you wouldn’t have such things as constant war. The actual brain would absorb the image that we are supposed to be one, and one world.”Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite
Let’s take a moment of silence to shimmy and send her our love. Because C-Ag (no? doesn’t work?) is easily the Marilyn of the modern age.
A fashion trend-setter who snags the spotlight because she knows how to rock retro without looking costume-y. And she doesn’t even have to wear giant glittering bugs on her noggin to get the attention.
Here’s to the one of America’s (generally) (at least 65 percent of the time) classy and sophisticated stars.Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite
I found the recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show highly educational. It answered several important questions for me.
Question 1: Why don’t they make adult footie pajamas, or PJs like in the olden days with the bum flap?
See photo 1: That’s why. That’s horrible.
Question 2: What would happen if a corset had sex with a T-shirt?
See photo 2: It would give birth to pure fashion brilliance.
Question 3: Why are the hottest outfits always the most uncomfortable?
See photo 3: That’s a rhetorical question. I mean, these leather panties have sharp spikes on them.
Here is the perfect example of how adding a pair of interesting tights can completely make the outfit. Yes, please.Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite