Design

No Substance Editorial feature

 Photographer: Irina Garaiacu

Styling & Beauty: Promise Harvey Model: Alexis @ freedom

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The New New

Here's a few photos of what I've been working on:

 

Obelisk pendant with Aventurine pyramid stones set in top and bottom.

Obelisk pendant with Aventurine pyramid stones set in top and bottom.

Silver Hexagon studs

Silver Hexagon studs

The initial wax pieces. I carved a pyramid cap to go with the Hematite stone.  I also made a half honeycomb ring which was more experimental.   

The initial wax pieces. I carved a pyramid cap to go with the Hematite stone.  I also made a half honeycomb ring which was more experimental.   

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The final piece was cast into Silver for my dear friend Victor.  

The final piece was cast into Silver for my dear friend Victor.  

If you see my previous blog post you saw the wax carving for this guy. I finally cast and soldered the piece onto a cuff bangle. 

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The half honeycomb ring was cast into solid 14K.   

The half honeycomb ring was cast into solid 14K.   

Rough sketch of a pendant  

Rough sketch of a pendant  

3D model coming soon!!! 

3D model coming soon!!! 

Rare photo of myself but I'm super happy with how my logo turned out from Shapeways.  

Rare photo of myself but I'm super happy with how my logo turned out from Shapeways.  

Design Inspiration

Coming from New York which had very little natural elements besides Central Park I have come to really appreciate being outdoors and nature.  It's pretty easy to do in Southern California since the weather is predictable and sunny.  I love taking walks outside, because the weather is great and there are so many varieties of flowers to see.  The main reason all of the beautiful plant life is able to thrive here year round is because of the awesome sunny weather and great soil. 

Looking into symbolism of the sun I came across the Egyptian Sun God Ra.  His tears were said to be honey bees sent down to man to deliver a message (honeybees again playing a huge role ;) ).  The Sun God was buried in a monumental obelisk shaped structure inscribed with Egyptian hyroglyphics. 

Pyramids are known for their stable, everlasting structure.  The Egyptian pyramids shapes were designed to symbolize the points of sun rays. 

Place de La Concorde in Paris France.  The obelisk structure that symbolizes one of the suns rays.  (Photo found on Pinterest)

Place de La Concorde in Paris France.  The obelisk structure that symbolizes one of the suns rays.  (Photo found on Pinterest)

Writer Carl Hoffman took a trip to the Giza Pyramids. This is how he viewed the pyramids on his camel ride. 

Writer Carl Hoffman took a trip to the Giza Pyramids. This is how he viewed the pyramids on his camel ride. 

The Pyramid of the Sun (aerial view) in Teotihuacan, Mexico  

The Pyramid of the Sun (aerial view) in Teotihuacan, Mexico  

Side view of the Pyramid of the Sun
Side view of the Pyramid of the Sun

Now I'm starting to see pyramids...

Miniature pyramid I caught a shot of walking to the bank. 

Miniature pyramid I caught a shot of walking to the bank. 

 

Hexagon: Shape Inspiration

I've briefly mentioned and posted images of things I like and am inspired by.  Geometric architecture, symmetric patterns, and nature are things I am constantly amazed by and drawn to.  When I first moved to California I immediately noticed and appreciated the immense about of nature.  The beach and mountains are easily within reach, and the vibrant, beautiful flowers that thrive here year round make simple walks outside worth while. I happened to watch a few bee documentaries regarding Colony Collapse Disorder and the deep impact of "disappearing" bees.  After I learned more about bees and how their role in the environment sustains life I began to really take notice of two things: 1) Bees pollinating 2) The Hexagon/honeycomb shape

The relationship between bees and the honeycomb/hexagon shape is the inspiration behind my first collection.  

I took notice of this bright pink, fuzzy flower walking in my neighborhood. Took a closer look and this guy was doing work! 

I took notice of this bright pink, fuzzy flower walking in my neighborhood. Took a closer look and this guy was doing work! 

Bees and flowers have played a big role in my first collection and presentation. 

Hanging light fixtures outside my bank

Hanging light fixtures outside my bank

Parking structure on Wilshire Boulevard with interlocking hexagons 

Parking structure on Wilshire Boulevard with interlocking hexagons 

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I love the hexagon shape because it can create such interesting patterns connected or standing alone 

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Bees are physically small, but are such a big part of everyday life.  They are responsible  for sustaining our natural food sources and pollination. 

Bees are physically small, but are such a big part of everyday life.  They are responsible  for sustaining our natural food sources and pollination. 

Even though honeybees are small they are incredibly hard workers.  Their efforts directly affect our lives.  The Hex Collection embraces the honeybee and honeycomb. Although the pieces are small and delicate they are part of your everyday life and wardrobe.