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i have been talking of it for a while now…and it is finally all finished!!!!! i powered through yesterday like a champ, and when it was finally finished , i will be honest, i felt a little sad. like now what? this was so much fun to shoot with my friends, edit, put together,obsess over, and watch it work out so beautifully.

i tend to overanalyze most things in my life, except when i am creating. i realized this last night. it seems the process is the one time i don’t look to far ahead, or stress out, or generally even think about the outcome. i just let it all be, and watch it lay out in front of me as it happens. i knew i wanted to do a shoot, but didn’t have much of a plan until the day before or even day of. the only image i had in my mind was winter white.  amanda and i talked a bit about where we should shoot. out of the blue, i noticed the barn that sits up above the house. never before had i noticed its rustic charm and that day it came alive for me, for all of us. the stick idea evolved from the craft fairs. they have come in quite handy, thanks to my brother’s backyard.  the one thing i knew i wanted and hoped for, were the snowy shots. considering there was no snow on the ground, except on the river, amanda suggested getting down on it where the river was frozen and we could actually stand on it.  brilliant! the white on white, the way amanda’s hair was perfectly put up (unintentionally) for the feather necklace (one of my favorite shots), or the color of donna’s lips and the contrast of her hair with white.. watching it unravel on itself and work out in more ways than i could have imagined, well, i can now see it came out of the calm presence of creating, no stress, beautiful and very talented friends, and love. i didn’t want to boss the boys around, or tell them what to do (maybe only a few times). they nailed it! everyone did their thing and to me, it is simply perfect.

i couldn’t stop making things either. i did this when i started creating things last may for the first craft fair. as i am making one thing, i come up with an idea for another, and then i can’t stop until my vision comes through. of course, running into knicks along the way, but i always see a way to take that problem and turn it into something else. in the end, i end up with a million pieces. i am not the kind of creator whom spend days on one piece. it’s just not my style. i wish i had more patience, but as soon as i make one thing, i have an idea for another and i have this immediate sense to do it. a good thing or not, i don’t know.  i never expected to be a jewelry designer. for the future, i don’t know what my intentions will bring either.  i just know i am the happiest and in the moment when i make something, travel, or eat. 🙂 i suppose i am sharing this, because i am happy to have had the realizations of my process. i moved to the middle of nowhere to focus, and i feel through this experience, i am starting to find it.

as far as the product for this season, i didn’t make that many new macramé pieces. i did try some abstract macramé, which IS my new favorite. i am waiting for more leather to do a few more wall hangings like this as well. i got busy with some new chain and wool pieces. i was inspired by medieval adornment,chain mail, and unconventional uses for traditional supplies. i was also inspired by snow white and the huntsman, yeah i know…i was obsessed with charlize theron’s costuming,. i also started a line of wall hangings and dream catchers as well as plant hangers and terrariums. teaming up with my friend marianne, over at birdandfeather.com where she sells amazing supplies and air plants.

i might be overdoing it in too many areas. however, i can’t seem to stop myself.

check it all out:

http://sunandgloryshop.com

i can’t thank you enough for being a part of this: amanda, chris, zach, and donna.

photos by: chris vinopal and zach driscoll

models: donna goodrow and amanda scholl-vinopal

styling: annie rocchio

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Sun and Glory has a bit in the bimonthly magazine The Clothes Maiden. The magazine was started by a young full time fashion editor featuring some amazing artists and designers. I was so happy when they contacted me asking to feature my line. What a treat! Thanks ladies for having me as a part of your work.

You can check out the magazines at any of the links below. Sun and Glory is in issue 10, page 52.

i have been drawing on rocks for a while now, but this is the first time i am introducing them as a series.  some sets come packaged in a small tin box with dried sage, others in a larger white box. there is a large series of the zodiac signs that can be bought individually or as a set! i was largely inspired by a petroglyph book and constellation book i bought in joshua tree on my recent trip. the driftwood can now be bought in bundles and there are sets of cards as well!! great christmas gifts guys!!!!

i have also been working on a new series of macrame chain! inspired by chain mail and using the same techniques as with the leather, i started producing these delicate pieces.  currently, on the shop as a custom order right now until i get the ball rolling a little more! email me for details.

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some more exciting news for sun and glory…i have joined a collaborative showroom here in DTLA, free agency,  with some other really talented designers (bandit brand, heyoka leather, warpaint…just to name a few!!!) i am super excited to be a part of this creative group of people!

one of my best friends’ here in LA is about to give birth any minute!!! literally…and she may have already. we are waiting to hear the word!

a few weeks ago we took some pictures of her belly.

i find  the womb mystifying and more than beautiful…but magical.  the fact that our bodies are so complex and capable of creating another living being has always boggled my mind! rebeccca, has looked so beautiful throughout her pregnancy, i wanted to capture it!

many of my family and friends back east have had oodles of children, but i never get to go the baby showers… or the hospital… or see the belly grow.  rebecca, is my first really good friend in LA to have  a baby and i can actually be in involved. i have loved watching that belly get bigger, her radiance, and excitement. i am excited to meet this little one. i am  excited for my friends and their new chapter. and we would have put her husband in that last picture…but he was at work! i made that sign for their wedding…boom!

i love walking into someone’s house and my curiosity begins to soar.

i love walking into someone’s house when it evokes a feeling.

i left skip’s house last week and was back within 5 days, photographing his world. really, he was my inspiration for this new series.  skip was kind enough to just let me go for it, while his guitar playing accompanied the photo session.  sitting on skip’s porch evokes such a peaceful high, especially at sunset. one of the better spots i have been in los angeles.  his studio is situated above a single family home in the hills near hermon, monterey hills, and garvanza, which are considered subdistricts of highland park. this is one of the things i love about skip… as we were driving to get some food (the oinkster and fusion burger! yum and yum! and two different days mind you), in his “skip” fashion, explains to me these historic regions. being intrigued i did some research (as i am completely fascinated by the history of LA). garvanza was named for garbanzo beans that once flourished there. it was also generally considered the birthplace of the arts and crafts movement of southern california, along with pasadena and south pasadena.

 i think you can tell a lot by a person and the things in their house… what their aspirations are.their passions.the things that they are curious about.  books tell a lot, art, the way things may or may not be strategically placed. i like design, i like tidy spaces, but what i like the most is when the placement of each item is art in itself, yet more than likely…unintentional. that’s what i felt photographing skip’s studio. his passions, knowledge, and creativity have always been intriguing. if you know skip, you love skip.  he is truly, a one of a kind soul…

thanks a bunch skipper!! i will be taking you up on that offer to hang anytime on that porch of yours!

Skip Haswell b.1976, on the Beaver River, PA
son of a cop and nurse
two older sisters
many nieces and nephews
lives in LA
climbs mts
works hard on other peoples movies
artist
musician

the magpie bird is of the crow family and are believed to be one of the most intelligent animals. in the UK, the magpie has been associated with an urban myth of being collectors and thieves of shiny objects. although, there is no evidence in wildlife studies.

magical, mystical, myth.

this photo shoot my friend laura and i cooked up in about an hour…and i am kind of obsessed with it. it all sprang up with some feathers we found downtown and laura’s beautiful handmade jewelry she brought with her. i am simply in love with the creativity we both threw in, the styling, laura’s beauty, our pagan inspiration, and that we did it on a whim. continuing with laura’s veil and hidden mother inspiration and art, she wanted to disguise her face. i also loved  when she  threw in her “what if i eat the chain and then vomit it up?”

this kind of  combined inspiration doesn’t come along often and it is my favorite kind!  i am sort of savoring this post and can’t seem to narrow down the images. i also, can’t wait to do more collaborations!!

model: laura shill

photos: annie rocchio

styling: annie rocchio and laura shill

the crystal and turquoise jewelry are handmade by laura. the clothing,chains, rings, and bracelets are of my personal collection.

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i am off to colorado tonight to see two of my favorite people marry each other. laura and burke are such genuine and unique people. it makes my heart warm that i have such friends in my life.  i admire them, respect them, and draw inspiration from them.  i have known laura since high school when we worked at a restaurant in the  mall with two of my other greatest girlfriends, kate and sarah! some of my fondest memories come from those days, and what i love the most about these girls is that each one of us is an artist…in our own light.

laura is a brilliant artist and photographer. (check out her website!!!!) she never seizes to amaze me with her evolving talents and ability to push far outside the box, evoking a haunting and intimate portrayal of reality. it is about HER art, not what is expected. this has always been an inspiration for me. i, personally, have always fell somewhere in limbo with being different and being ordinary. i can never quite push far enough to be miles “outside the box” with enough confidence to hold it. criticism can hold one back.  laura never allows this.

the picture above i took years ago at one of her houses in alabama. i will never forget that trip . a house filled with so many curiosities, art, and a bit like the feeling you get when watching an episode of twin peaks. i love this shit. i lived in alabama for three years in high school, but this trip somehow resonated this different side of the south for me.  the brutal history, the ghostly stories that swarm alabama, that cultural divide between the north and the south, and that gothic feeling i still can’t get out of my head years after this trip. all through laura’s eyes and inspiration.

i actually have the last one hanging on my fridge.

i am also leaving you with a trailer for a film my friend, jeremy, directed.  i met jeremy years ago on a film in arizona. he lives in new york with his wife and together they own brooklyn yoga school.  i am so proud and happy for him for his incredible film. i use to do a lot of kundalini yoga( hatha and bikram as well) and this totally inspired me this morning to find that peace and do some yoga. man, i really need to do some yoga. perhaps some time in the hot springs this weekend will evoke some more of this craving! i am feeling ultra inspired this morning and looking forward to seeing my old friends!

really, i just wanted to show off how talented my friends are!!! 🙂

super excited to announce that sun and glory and bird and feather are teaming up for UNIQUE LA in may and PATCHWORK -Culver City in June! Check out the website and if you are in LA please come stop by!

if you can’t come to the LA shows, check out our websites as well as any possible local craft fairs in your area! support your local artists!

it’s all about scarves these days. every where(blog) i look, scarves…scarves…scarves…

 these are french. i love almost anything french!

i am obsessed with these scarves and the styling of the photos.

from milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre

comes hortus

check out their website… and blog

i have had a silk scarf DIY on the back burner for months now… gonna be hard to compete with these gems!

funny thing about the internet…discovering. i came by these amazing vintage printables through my lovely friend, marianne, over at smitten living where she found these prints via the jealous curartor.

so, in that chain of events…i enjoyed reading my friend’s blog whom in turn turned me onto these sweet prints (which i have often scoured ebay and etsy for) and yet, another cool blog. what did we do before the internet,before blogging?actually left the house, maybe?  speaking of…

thanks, marianne for some good stuff!