Saturday, June 27, 2009

Amuck Design

Bryan and Andrea Ring are artists with a passion. A passion for giving raw unconventional materials a beautiful new life.

Bryan and Andrea covet pieces from city streets and random locales; items like street signs and license plates. They then, combine their treasured findings with precious metals to create their unique style of fine art jewelry.

Andrea has been designing and selling jewelry for over twenty years. As a metalsmith she has mastered cold connections and is always looking for new ways to add color into her metalwork. Bryan and Andrea met at college where they studied metalsmithing and design together. This is also where they began to combine their ideas about design, materials, inspiration, and what they wanted to do with their lives. Two years out of school they formed Amuck.

Inspired by graphic urban imagery, this husband and wife team design and fabricate each piece in their midtown Kansas City, Missouri home and studio.

Early Jewelry

To bring the spirit of pasture and prairie, feather on the ground, dusty fences, barns with owls in the rafters, the saloon, harvest, the nostalgia of homestead and the excitement of the old made young again all influenced Kylie Grater's approach to creating jewelry. Her close contact with these organic influences, in part, determines her materials: feather, cowbone, leather, wood & horsehair, to name a few.

In addition to creating jewelry out of new materials, Kylie invents pieces by reconstructing cast-outs and vintage jewelry. Inspiration for this line of jewelry comes from a dictate out of her rural past: one must make use of every little thing! This environmental decision to reuse results i unique and eclectic pieces that are expressive of both the old and new. Kyle Grater resides in Lawrence, KS where all the pieces are handmade.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Emily Jungden

Emily Jungden is a whiz with jewelry--most especially with enamel. If I kept every piece of her jewelry that I wanted, I would have an Emily Jungden museum! Here she is to introduce herself..

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to make things. Whether it was sitting in my grandmother's sewing room putting together Barbie clothes, or doodling paper unicorns, the spirit of creativity has always been a part of what I do. I took a metalsmithing class as an elective in college and instantly I fell in love. Whether it is the meticulous process, or the satisfaction of the finished product, I am drawn to this medium. I also have a background in printmaking, which I think is reflected in the strong graphic nature of the colors and shapes of the jewelry I create. I always try to have fun with my work, and my goal is that the person who buys my jewelry loves wearing it as much as I love creating it.

Don't forget to check out her emmy-ray blog!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dirty Laundry

Jeanee from Dirty Laundry can make anything. And everything. And usually does! She is going to be in the roundup, and here she is to introduce herself!

Ever notice how there's just so much cute in the world? I always notice products, prints, patterns, palettes, silhouettes, trends, type, textiles and the list goes on! I couldn't just keep it to myself, so I started crafting as a way to share all the amazing inspiration I find in the world around me. Dirty Laundry evolved as a place to put my stuff. While the items I create vary from aprons, to t-shirts to cupcake bath fizzies, they all share the qualities of cute, stylish, and absolutely handmade. The Dirty Laundress, my logo, is a reflection of me. She's a crafty chick-sassy and sweet. She cooks, cleans, crafts and more- all on her own terms. June Cleaver but kicked up a notch, and I'm guessing she's a little bit of you too!

Don't forget to check out the DirtyLaundry blog!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

ric rac one!

Hello, and welcome to the ric rac roundup blog! We are so excited about the roundup, which will be held July 25th in the bon bon parking lot!

Here is a list of roundup-ers:
Emily Blodgett-Panos
Sheila Blodgett
Emily Jungden
Andrea Yates
Liz Gardner
Dirty Laundry
Handmade by Sodapop
Scarlett Garnett
Angela Muir
Early Jewelry
Lesa Dailey
Glazed Earth
Amuck Design
Pati Lord Judy
Kit Mit
Stir Designs
Oddly Correct
& we are working on a few more!

So, who are these people? Well, keep checking back to this blog and we will give you the lowdown on these crafters, what they make, and what fun stuff is happening at the roundup!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Coming soon..