…Countdown to Design Indaba 2015…

In exactly two weeks time Design Indaba 2015 will be open to the public! The Indaba, hosted by the Cape Town International Convention Centre, opens to press and buyers on Thursday 26 February and then from Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March it is open to the public.
I will be trading there for the third time – you will find me in the Jewellery Section stand J 30.

Here are a few behind the scenes photos of the preparation happening in my workshop…

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…silver and solder collected from suppliers…

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…sterling silver smelted and ready to be worked…

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…rings in the making…

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…amethyst being set…

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…rings set and ready to be finished off…

…One of a kind…

The most recent custom order to leave the workshop were two rings. The client asked that the designs have a floral aesthetic and that one of the rings had a freshwater pearl.

Here is a bit of the process…

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…sterling silver smelted and ready to be rolled and shaped…

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…soldering the setting onto the ring shank…

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…the rings in process…

And the finished rings…

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…Custom Gifts…

Creating custom, one-off pieces of jewellery is something that I really enjoy; especially when the jewellery has been ordered as a unique gift.
Here is a selection of items that I have been commissioned to make recently…

These organic shaped cufflinks were commissioned as a birthday gift – the stamped letters are the receiver’s initials.

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This Golden Retriever inspired brooch was ordered by a good client of mine – she wanted a personalised birthday gift for her friend.

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Last month I created three horseshoe bracelets for client who was in Cape Town for her best friend’s wedding. My client and her two best friends shared a love of horses growing up together and she wanted unique bracelets to celebrate their friendship and the wedding.

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…Wedding Commission…

Working on custom orders is always a fun process. Sitting with a client, discussing ideas and then being able to translate those ideas into a beautiful piece of jewellery is very rewarding.

Last December I was commissioned to make a unique wedding ring. The client wanted a silver ring with yellow gold detail and set with faceted emerald (a family heirloom and also the bride’s birth stone).

The couple spend time in Greece every year, so I used that as well as their love of Gaudi’s work, as inspiration for the design.

Here is the finished ring…

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…Spring has Sprung…

September has arrived and spring is definitely in the air…to celebrate my favourite season I am offering free postage on any daisy pendants (R375) and any layered flower pendants (R475) ordered this week. Email amysinovich@gmail.com for orders or any more information…

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…The Lines of Memory…Part 2…

For the Ruth Prowse School of Art Alumni exhibition, I was invited to create one piece that tied in with the theme – “The Lines of Memory”.

I decided to make a necklace using sterling silver, 9 carat gold, freshwater pearls and moonstone beads. My piece is inspired by the myth known as “Alchera”. Alchera or ‘Dreamtime’ was the primeval time when the ancestors sang the world into existence and created thousands of men out of earth, one for each totemic species.
As each ancestor travelled about the land, he left a trail of words and musical notes in his footsteps. These “dreaming lines” or “song lines” became and remain, lines of communication between people joined together by ancient kinship.

Here are some photos of my piece in progress…

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To see the completed piece you’ll need to visit the exhibition (all the details are in my previous post)…but in the meantime here are a couple of close ups of my finished piece…

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…The Lines of Memory…

I’m excited to be a part of the Ruth Prowse School of Art Alumni exhibition. The show opens tomorrow evening and features work from artists who have graduated from the school as well as that of lecturers. If you are in Cape Town make sure to stop by…

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…Workshop Shoes…

I have always loved making, buying and wearing accessories. Obviously, I have spent a lot of time learning about and making jewellery and decorative adornments but the one item I really wanted to learn about and never got to was…shoes!
Last year, I was thrilled to find out that Lara Collinson of Luli Pulani was offering a basic shoe making workshop at the Lock Stock Market in Woodstock. I signed up straight away! The workshop was a great introduction into the process of making ballet pump style shoes. We got to select, whether we made a round or pointed toe pump, the leather as well as the lining fabric for our shoes. From there we got to cut and glue all the materials and we covered the insoles. The workshop was only a couple of hours long so our prepped materials were then taken to the workshop to be sewn, lasted and soled. It was great to collect the finished shoes a couple of weeks later. I really enjoyed learning the basics but being a maker by nature I felt that I would have liked to have seen the workshop production side of the process.

Here is a photograph of my finished pumps…

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I was very excited when I heard that Lara had recently teamed up with Astrid Diliberto of Boheme to offer shoe making workshops at Astrid’s workshop. I was able to attend one at the beginning of August and it was fantastic.
Once again I made a pair of pumps and this time I was able to be a part of/see the production from start to finish.

We started with an introduction…a very sweet poem by Astrid…and a fitting…    

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…pattern tracing…

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…lots of glueing…

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…Firdows the very talented seamstress demonstrating how she sews piping using a post machine…

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…Edgar has been making shoes for 18 years…he makes the lasting process look very easy…

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…waiting for the glue to set enough for the soling process to be completed…    

And finally my beautiful, finished shoes…

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Astrid and Lara have big plans for Workshop Shoes…they will be offering shoe workshops where participants will be able to make different styles of shoes such as brogues (as well as the ballet pump ones) and they also plan to start handbag making workshops.
I look forward to attending more of their workshops as they were informative and generous in sharing their knowledge and the workshop environment that they created was really fun and relaxed.

For more information visit:
http://www.facebook.com/onestepatatime
http://www.boheme.co.za
http://www.wearlulipulani.com