Custom collaboration for a runway show!

All custom work is a collaboration, which is what makes it so interesting.  When you decide to have a custom piece made for you, you have the opportunity to infuse the piece of jewellery with personal meaning.  Sometimes, though the collaboration is of a different nature.

Early this year, Amanda Henderson (of Jewelust) and myself had the opportunity to make work for our friend and colleague, Emile Buenbrazo.  Emile was in the Jewellery Arts program with us (at George Brown), when he decided that it really wasn’t for him.  What he really wanted was to be fashion designer.  Now, if you know Emile this seems like quite an obvious choice!  This man has some serious style.

The added element of interest is that Emile was doing his fashion program in the Phillipines!  He had initially put out a message on facebook asking if anyone was interested in making some jewellery for his runway show.  Amanda and I were the two who stepped up the the plate, really without knowing what we were getting into!

We met with him early in January (when he was home for Christmas).  He came prepared with a treasure trove of amulets that he had picked up in his travels, along with some ideas.  Now this is where the fun began for Amanda and I.  Because Emile knows us and our style well enough, we were able to come up with basic design ideas that matched his overall concept for his graduation collection.  The most interesting part, for me, was that once we had collectively decided what type of jewellery an amulet was going to be turned into, Emile left it up to us how we wanted to do that!

I like making pins, so that was my main focus – turning amulets into brooches.  As well, I made a couple of cuff bracelets and a three finger ring for the show.  Amanda turned some amulets into necklaces, a cuff bracelet and a three finger ring.  I quite enjoyed this project because the amulets were a real challenge to set.  Often the castings were rather rough, and most of them were two sided.

So, here is my portion of the jewellery that went all the way to the Phillipines for Emile’s graduation run way show!

Here are the two cuff bracelets I made for Emile.  I wanted an interesting finish on them, and I'm quite happy with how they turned out!
Here are the two cuff bracelets I made for Emile. I wanted an interesting finish on them, and I’m quite happy with how they turned out!
This was the simplest amulet to turn into a pin.  It is two sided and not too big, so I thought a simple pin would be best.
This was the simplest amulet to turn into a pin. It is two sided and not too big, so I thought a simple pin would be best.
I just love this amulet.  It is one sided, but the casting was quite rough and the overall shape made it a challenge to design a functional and subtle setting.  I told Emile if he is ever thinking of "destashing" this pin - I'd like it!
I just love this amulet. It is one sided, but the casting was quite rough and the overall shape made it a challenge to design a functional and subtle setting. I told Emile if he is ever thinking of “destashing” this pin – I’d like it!
All together now....
All together now….
These were larger, two sided and very three dimensional amulets.  I thought the tab setting suited them best.
These were larger, two sided and very three dimensional amulets. I thought the tab setting suited them best.
The back side.  There was nothing flat on these amulets, which made for some interesting times at the bench!  ha, ha...
The back side. There was nothing flat on these amulets, which made for some interesting times at the bench! ha, ha…
The three finger riing with small amulets.  The challenge was to imagine how small a Filipino model's hands might be(!) and how to allow these smaller coin sized amulets to move!
The three finger riing with small amulets. The challenge was to imagine how small a Filipino model’s hands might be(!) and how to allow these smaller coin sized amulets to move!
Of course, it's not really possible to photograph them moving - but hopefully this gives you the idea!
Of course, it’s not really possible to photograph them moving – but hopefully this gives you the idea!

All of these pieces were made in brass, which matched the amulets – which probably were bronze.  Now, we’re waiting until Emile becomes a famous clothing designer….. then we’ll make some jewellery out of gold for his shows!!

Valerie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the setting before I set the stone! I get “in the groove” and forget to take progress shots!! The only one I have showing it is the last one taken shortly before she came to pick it up!

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