I love the opportunity to custom make jewelry for a client. This is a green moss agate stone with a hand carved cocobollo wood pendent that is finished with an antiqued brass chain. After the shape is complete then comes the waxed finish which tones down the bright shades of oranges and reds in the wood. There are other methods of finishing the surface in order to keep the vibrant shades, but for this particular piece I thought it might be a better fit to have muted reds to balance the composition of the two beautiful materials.
Although I am venturing into the realm of jewelry, I plan to use this time to perfect the tedious skills in wood working so I may use them later on the more extravagant projects. So please stay tune…
On to the next project for my surface methodologies class. Of course samples are needed for surface treatments. But this time I have chosen to incorporate color into my collection because I have been told the continuous use of brown is getting boring. I am excited that I will be creating one of these shoe designs for myself. Can't wait to get started!!!
I often get in conversations with random individuals about the rough beginnings of building a brand. But even though I have heard it takes time, patients, and extreme dedication, I have also noticed it is the moment of complete freedom. Experiments of inspiration and injecting both heart and soul into a vision of a brand you one day see prospering. One day at a time, One sale at a time, and enjoying every moment.
Also I must thank those who have stuck by my side through this journey. Without the support, these efforts seem wasted. Xo.OPhilya.
Snap shots of the birds dancing at the beach at Tybee Island, GA. Intricately designed & crafted creatures, meant to reflect graceful motions. From every angle this segiuls danced in a poetic progression. Xo.OPhilya.
Branching out in different forms of wood working we have found wood turning a proper transition into new elements of design. These are just practice samples before we get to the fun projects. All recycled Cocobollo Wood Pendent with recycled leather chain. Xo.OPhilya.
Sometimes you have to break away from your business and sit back and observe. At the skatepark with Jasper, and of course since I must always bring art supplies. I introduce to you a mini photo shoot of Jasper and the Pirate.
Time for celebration. One of our handmade wood pendents has finally found a home, so on to the next. Since one has sold I was able to find another set of stones to add to the collection. I will keep you posted with progress… Xo.OPhilya.
My first class in my Masters program is Surface Methodologies. We have begun working with different ways to use interfacing, hand stitching, surface treatments, and adding fine details to handbags and shoes in order to design a completely unique accessory. I have chosen to create a collection of versatile handbags which will transform into a backpack. It is a small 9X11 bag that will have D-rings on both the back and sides to attach handbag straps. The surface treatment is dyed veg tan leather which has been delicately sliced and heated in order to expose the cracks. Small slices show red fabric beneath the surface as a subtle pop of color. I cannot wait for the final product!! Xo.OPhilya.
I am excited to now have a collection of handmade jewelry pieces. Although I still have to take photos and list them in my shop, it is a great feeling to have gotten this far in developing products for Ophilya. The great part is, I am continuously learning and growing through the process and it can only get better from here. Stay tune… Each piece will be listed in my shop OPHILYA. Xo.OPhilya.
So I have been hoarding these pictures away and apparently saving them for a raining day. I have finally edited the shots of our chickens, and since I am so far from home, I thought I would post them in remembrance. Our Girls ;) Xo.OPhilya.
This is where the process of accessory design begins. By sketching out hundreds of forms and silhouettes of bags I find the ones which strike my interest and begin to sketch a detailed draft while rendering them in marker and color pencils. Sadly this is just the first draft, many more to come before the final sketch can be presented.
I wish at this moment I would keep up with this blog. But it most certainly purposes itself as a challenge. But Kapone and I have made it to Savannah, where a new adventure awaits itself...
I have come to attend Savannah College Of Art and Design for my Graduate degree in accessory design. Yes that is indeed a degree for making both handbags, and shoes. Although some might be skeptical of this degree as a major, Marcell Mrsan, a Hungarian 6th generation master shoe Cordwainer, is my professor. This man makes custom shoes which are perfectly measured to fit upon the clients foot. He makes everything from the last in which the shoe is shaped around, to the shoes being made from hand-skived leather and having hand-stitched detail, to even some of his hand-crafted tools. The price tag on a pair of his shoes ranges in the $3,000s, so yes he is quite the professor. This is who I am being taught by, and this is why I am thankful to be back in the beautifully corky town of Savannah.
Each one of these pendents I have found a growing attachment to. Hand-carved and shaped to a smooth delicately curved form, this Green Acrylic maple pendent, with a unique Moss Agate stone is just the beginning to a series of hand carved wooden pendents. Xo.OPhilya.
I received a photography program VSCO for my birthday. My sister enlightened me about this program for editing photos. After a few hours of trying to figure out how the program works, I have finally been able to test it out. So I snapped a few photos of my makeup table and tried out the new photo filters. Im excited that the photos shall only get better from here. It was definitely the perfect gift so Thank you Renee. Xo.OPhilya.