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SHOP FIND – RI-STOR Goods

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I am so excited to introduce you to the owners of RI-STOR Goods, Evan and Elizabeth Mayfield.  RI-STOR is a lamp/design shop in Los Angeles, California that I happened to find on Instagram.  I immediately became smitten with their lamp designs because of the unique use of material, vision, and the overall aesthetic of their product.

Over time I found myself loving their designs and wishing one day to actually own one of Evan and Elizabeth Mayfield’s lamps to place in my home.  First I would like to introduce you to their designs by showing you a photo of their work.

 

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METROHM PH SCALE SWITZERLAND (Photo Courtesy of RI-STOR Goods)

 

 

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RUSTO’ DRAGON LAMP (Photo Courtesy of RI-STOR Goods)

 

More photos to come, but first I would like to share the interview that Evan Mayfield agreed to do with me.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed digging into the mind of someone with his vision and talent!!

Cherie:  I am curious about your love of analog equipment, what makes analog so attractive to you?
Evan@RI-STOR:  Well I think it’s less about the analog and more about the quality of design. Back in the day they really had an eye for appealing design, and really made that come alive in the products that they manufactured. When I first came across some of my first analog equipment, I thought they really were works of art. And I began to realize that most of them were ending up in trash heaps and not being utilized. That’s when I got the idea to preserve these small works of art by up cycling them and making them functional again. 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  What has been your favorite find? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  I don’t know that we can say that we have a favorite find. Each and every time, it’s so exciting to go out and look for these items. So I would have to say every time we go out and find some pieces, those are our new favorite find!
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Do you ever think that you were limiting yourself to just the “hipster” audience or a younger genre?  Maybe even just people of a certain “artist” vision? (I mean I know as a jewelry artist that sometimes I start to get worried that maybe I need to follow a certain trend in jewelry, and then I get my focus back on what my vision is and my focus back on what I do best.)
Evan@RI-STOR:  That’s a good question. I don’t think we were ever concerned about mass appeal when we’re designing these lamps. I think we’re just designing with our own aesthetic in mind, and making what we really like. I feel like if you stay true to what you like, then it’s going to come across in your artwork, and the work will be better for it.  But, to really answer your question, we have a lot of interest from all different age groups. Men and women, young and old, enjoy our product.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog: Is that how you feel when you are making a piece for your shop? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  No, I don’t really feel that way. I have made artwork in the past that was catered towards a particular demographic or style. And honestly there is no longevity in it because at the end of the day I didn’t care. It wasn’t something that I like, it was something that I thought would appeal to others. So thankfully I stayed away from feeling like I need to build something for someone else. All of these lamps are pieces that we would put in our home. (And often do for a short time!)
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:   But being in LA, which such a crossroads of taste, who is your average customer?  I see that you have sold to the entertainment industry, right?
Evan@RI-STOR:  I would say that our average customer is young successful men between the ages of 18 and 40. And yes, we do happen to sell a lot of our lamps to individuals in the entertainment industry. For whatever reason, we have had quite a few celebrity sales, and I think that’s because our pieces are just so unique. Celebrities really enjoy having something that is one-of-a-kind, that they can show off and not feel like the rest of the population has. It is a choice we are making by not mass producing our product. We have less of a chance to make a lot of money, but we are more proud of our product as each one is handmade and unique. That is more important than money.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Who again have you sold your great pieces too?
 Evan@RI-STOR:  We have had the privilege of selling to Mr. Patrick Warburton, Ian Hulquist from Passion Pit, and Zooey Deschanel’s father Caleb Deschanel. It is cool knowing that the cinematographer from the movie The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ has one of our lamps. Being in and around the movie industry, I’m sure we have sold a few more. But we cannot say for sure.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog: Do people share with you often why they are buying a particular piece?  Can you share a story without revealing the person? 
Evan:  Well, some of my favorite pieces that we have designed to date went to a very cool company downtown LA. They used the pieces to decorate their office space, and told us that they wanted something to catch customers eyes when they came in. So, I know that there are in a good place and many people are enjoying them every day. 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Where do you see this business going in say five years? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  Five years! Ha, there’s no way of telling. But I feel like it is it a dream of ours to open our own brick and mortar. We would love to have a store where we could feature our own items and  interact with our customers daily. Because that is really what it is all about. People interacting with people. And so we love getting to know our customers, and telling them the stories behind each individual lamp. 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  How would you describe the current trend of home decorating at the moment?
Evan@RI-STOR:  Well current trend is kind of interesting. I feel like in the past couple of years there’s been a resurgence of up-cycle design. Especially here in LA there are a lot of companies up cycling their product, because we are a very eco-conscious city. So at least from that standpoint, I think that we are in a good spot. Many people also are realizing the design aesthetic of old, and the quality of the build. There are so many different styles of home decorating out there, it’s hard to really nail down. But we definitely do think that repurposing items in design is in!
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Speaking of decorating or style, some people flow with the trends, and some people are true to one style all their lives… how about you?
Evan@RI-STOR:  Elizabeth and I have stayed fairly consistent in our design choices. We really like the eclectic items that we have in our home. I wouldn’t say that we could really put ourselves in any particular category, but we really do enjoy repurposed materials. We have a lot of handmade items that we have made ourselves or painted in our home, and we feel like that brings a personal homey element to the place to our nest. We do not own a home of our own, so we feel like once that happens we’re going to go crazy! We will be designing and building all kinds of interesting things to fill our home with, and that just hasn’t happened yet. So I feel like we’ve been really mild with our decorating choices as of yet. But, we have been consistent! 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Especially in architecture you find this to be true, what would be your favorite design them? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  Oh, it’s kind of hard to comment on architecture. Elizabeth is from the West Coast, and I am from the East Coast. The architecture style varies so much in the different corners of the country that it is hard to say what WE like. I think she and I can both agree that Frank Lloyd Wright is pretty awesome.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  And finally, you just made the wonderful and compelling piece called coda, which is a true work of art.  How did you decide to use and old projector and then turn it into a piece like coda?
Evan@RI-STOR:  The lamp entitled coda is very different in many ways. I built this piece without getting much feedback from my wife, Elizabeth. It was a growing experience trying to build something from scratch. Using a bunch of different elements from around my garage to pull together one design that made sense. There was a lot of fabrication involved, and it was really a process of trial and error. I have designed something one paper that I wanted to bring to life, but when I built that thing it didn’t look as great as it did when I had originally drawn it. So there was a process of building up and tearing down that resulted in the final product that we call coda. I don’t know that anybody will ever buy that piece, and that’s okay with me. This definitely was something that I was building for myself. I knew I was limiting myself by building something so specific and potentially unappealing  to many clients, but like I said before. This one was for me. It was a personal project. I wanted to have one lamp that said,  “This is what I am about. Design, invention, playing with pieces and parts to make some sort of Frankenstein. I wanted one of those builds.”
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Coda (photo credit: RI-STOR)

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Some of the lamps and the Downtown LA Bubblemaker that RI-STOR has created!! (Photo Credit: RI-STOR)

**Please note that you can also find several of RI-STOR Goods products at Cisco Home at 8025 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90046.  The Downtown LA BubbleMaker is currently on display there now as are other pieces.

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Ri-Store Goods lamps showing up in the Cisco Home showroom!

I think that Evan and Elizabeth are truly creating works of art and I love the idea that they are making something unique and one-of-a-kind with materials otherwise headed for a landfill.  I truly appreciate the workmanship that has gone into each and every piece that they have created!  I hope you do too!

It is my hope that you support this talented couple in their endeavors.  Much peace to all this week and happy creating as always.

 

 

 

 

LINKS:

**Link to RI-STOR Goods:

http://www.ristorgoods.com/

**Vimeo:

http://vimeo.com/92756055

**RI-STOR Goods  is also on Instagram**

 

 

 


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Quick Update!

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Here is one of my latest necklaces. I used a large carnelian and the red tassel. This pretty is listed in my Etsy shop. (photo: Cherie Klinger)

I have been busy lately with doctor appointments, physical therapy, cognitive therapy, etc.  But I have an exciting interview post that I will be writing this week.  It is with a very talented young couple in Los Angeles and I am excited to share their talents with you.

Thank you for your understanding as this has been difficult time as I recover from my accident in December.  It takes alot to just photograph, edit and list my jewelry in the Etsy and StoreEnvy shops.  I also remain active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

But never one to stay down long, but I tire very quickly and have to be careful with the amount of time I am on my electronics/computers/cell/kindle due to my brain injury.

Looking forward to writing this next post for you, until then…

Much Peace and Creativity!

 

 

 


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What’s New with Accessoire Jewelry

It has been some time since I offered an update about my shop, life, creative endeavors.  So if you don’t mind… I think it is about time.

First, I have been slowly recovering from my accident on ice in December.  My back is still painful and I have a wonderful thing called the H-Wave that is helping with the pain.  I do not take any pain meds. so this is a great alternative.  I am in Physical Therapy and attend three times a week.  My brain seemed to take quite beating when I whacked it three times on the ice that day in December.  I now have Post Concussive Syndrome which has resulted in some pretty irritating brain injury symptoms.  I go to Cognitive Therapy twice weekly.

Just writing this blog post is hard at times, but it is good for my brain but if you notice more typos and not the best sentence structure, well at least I have an excuse now!!!!!

In my Etsy shop things have been slow to get underway, but I remember way back when I had my first shop on Etsy, that it took me over a year to really get going and gain repeat customers and find a rhythm to my sales.  I am patient and realize that there are so many talented and beautiful jewelry artists to pick from that even I would have a hard time choosing which ones to buy from, in fact I am always hearting pieces that I want to buy from other people.  Kinda like when you cook for yourself and sometimes you just don’t want to eat your own cooking.  Afterall, it is nice to go out to someone else’s house to eat or to a nice restaurant.  Plus, I love to support my fellow artists and dig wearing their jewelry.

My other pursuit is metalsmithing, I don’t have much to update on this matter.  Except I am collecting tools, books, etc.  I really want to attend classes, but my injuries have left me unable to follow that goal at this time.  I need to concentrate on getting better first!

I have been writing articles on ©Medium.com and have a Collection, Can I Just Get My Damn Story Read!  The collection has my articles, but also stories submitted to me for inclusion in my collection. View profile at Medium.com  Follow the link to read my articles and some of the great stories on ©Medium and in the Collections.

Here are my newest jewelry designs! I love all types of jewelry from modern, boho chic, hippie, gypsy, southwestern, plain and simple and sweet.

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Making my jewelry is my therapy because I just play some music and begin to design and make and before long I am lost in the piece and my thoughts.

It has been a cold winter and long recovery.  But the sun is shining, I pray I get better each day.  I love making my jewelry and seeking refuge there in my thoughts.

Creativity is my hiding place and the place I go to find myself again.

I wish you all much peace and creativity this week!

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Accessoire Blog’s Shop Find

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I am once again changing this part of my blog around a little.  Since I am finding it hard to keep up with all my projects, attend physical and cognitive therapy (due to an accident in December), and continue to design and make my own jewelry, I find I must scale my schedule back a little bit to give my brain and body rest.

Rest assured I am striving (key word) to have a post on a artisan/shop find each week.  Thus the new graphic which I made which changed to Accessoire Blog’s Handmade/Artist Shop Find.  As you may also know, I am doing a Local Find Post in which I will be highlighting artists/venues/photographers/handmade artisans/crafters right in my own local area.

Needless to say my plate is full, but not too full to bring you this week’s wonderful and exciting find thanks to the ever wonderful and inspiring IAMTHELAB Blog.  I am inspired by the way that Brett Torrey Haynes does everything on his blog, he is no doubt one of my heros in the area of advocating for handmade goodness.

I am part of the Blog Blitz at IAMTHELAB which allows bloggers to actually use information, photos and actual posts from the LAB’s blog to highlight any handmade goodness we have found while reading their blog.  Thank you a million times over.  I find such wonderful and inspirational artists while there on his blog.

This time around I have discovered the wonderful shop of Wind and Willow Home (http://www.windandwillowhome.com/).  Araya Jensen is the beauty and the brains behind these beautiful creations, which include hand-dipped bowls and a whole line of Dipped housewares. These designs are crafted by Araya in Minneapolis, MN where she lives with her family.

Here is Araya (or as her site says, Araya (like A-Ray-A Sunshine)!   

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Araya has added a line of hand-inked soft goods.  To celebrate the launch of her new collection, Araya has started a new initiative (her new Indiegogo campaign) that she appropriately calls BOWL FULL.  This new initiative, Araya’s Wind & Willow Home “will donate a minimum of 1 meal per item sold to feed the hungry near and far, in addition to volunteering our time in pursuit of this cause”.  Her goal with the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $12,200 to help cover the cost of materials, development, production (including a new professional website design to integrate the giving aspect of the BOWL FULL project into her current website) and administrative support to bring the soft goods line to life.

As the IAMTHELAB’s article points out, most Indiegogo campaigns offer incentives and Wind and Willow Home will be giving some lucky someone the opportunity to have an exclusive color added to her fall collection in their name.

I pretty much loved this shop right away.  But then when I found out that Araya had the Indiegogo, Bowl Full, well you could say that it was head over heels from there on in.  Of course, if anyone knows me, you know that I have another blog in which I have talked about giving and supporting causes that give to others.  (DO*CARE*ACT Blog)

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(photo courtesy of IAMTHELAB) Wind and Willow Home

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Wind and Willow’s New Indegogo Project (photo courtesy of Wind and Willow Home and IAMTHELAB)

I just love that as I was looking through the handmade goodness at IAMTHELAB, not only did I find a beautiful example of something made by hand at Wind and Willow Home… but also by heart and soul as beautiful as Araya Jensen.

Please visit Wind and Willow Home to get the chance to delight over all her beautiful handmade home goods and then head over to her Indigogo initiative and hopefully help her in this worthy endeavor.

There is a wonderful Vimeo video Wind & Willow Home : Indegogo from Hello Sunshine Films on Vimeo.

Have a great week creating and I wish you much peace!

 


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Sneak Peek of My #LOCALFIND

Here is a sneak peek at a new blog post I will be doing in the future called a #LOCALFIND.  I have been writing my Shop Find of the Week and I think I have found some terrific artisans, artists, photographers, creatives, and beautiful people in general from all over the world.  However, I have been thinking that it was about time that I found and highlight some of the wonderful artists right here in my own local area.  .

I literally stumbled across my first find!  I was with my daughter and while she was getting her hair cut, I decided to walk around the local town of Mechanicsburg which happened to be celebrating Earth Day.  There were booths with all sorts of earthy goodies, plants, environmental information, etc.  It was wonderful walking in the sunshine and watching people take in the day with their families when I found myself planted in front of the Metropolis.  I have read and heard much about the art gallery, but had yet to get there.  Well, I was right on their step and had my chance.

I don’t want to give too much away, because I will be writing a nice big post complete with photos of the art found at Metropolis Collective Art Gallery.  While there I met Hannah Dobek (Art Director) and Richard Reilly (Owner), and may I say  that I liked them right away.  Hannah is the Art Director and an artist herself.  Richard is a musician and they have a whole music stage and show area in the back.  It is a great space with lots of art, groove, and fantastic energy.

I will stop here for now and just offer this sweet little graphic!

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Stay tuned for more…

Wishing you all much peace and creativity!

 


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Shop Find of the Week

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I must have a slight obsession with England of late, because my next shop from hails from Great Britain.  As you may remember, my last shop was LeShopUK and is a British shop!!  

This week I have chosen a wonderful and whimsical shop, somethingtodo,  which is home is the wonderful and whimsical jewelry of Claire Lockwood.  Her jewelry is quirky, offbeat, original and certainly beautiful.  I love it!  I think her shop name is so quirky and original just like her jewelry and I guess that is one of the things that first drew me to her shop, then I read her shop introduction which plainly states, “something to do with your hands.”  Right there she had me and then I started to really study her pieces of jewelry, and the more I looked the more excited I became over her “masterpieces” of design.

She obviously has the “touch” and “eye” to put together pieces of jewelry that are interesting and not your average piece of jewelry that everyone else is wearing.  I like that about her designs.  She seems to have a boldness in her designs, a flair for the original, a fearlessness that I sometimes wish I had in my designs and so much appreciate.   Her style of design is so eclectic, drawing from a combination of different elements, textures, colours, styles.  I would wear any one of her pieces in a heartbeat!  In fact, her pieces are on my ever growing wish list of things!! 

According to her brief bio, she is a self-taught jewelry designer. She states that she makes her unique jewelry from “a wide array of materials, including handmade artisan beads and components, vintage pieces and found objects, semi-precious stones and gemstones, czech glass and other assorted lovelies.”  She also sells her handmade beads on Etsy.

But first I would like to show you a few of Claire’s beautiful creations…

This way - handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings

This way – handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Coaster - Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace

Coaster – Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

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Holding light – handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

As you can see, Clair is a very talented young woman with a natural gift for putting together designs that just draw the eye.  I encourage you to visit her shop and view all her designs.  You are in for quite a treat of eye candy.

Claire also mentioned her bead shop on Etsy, she has somethingtodobeads, here are some sweet little birds that are listed in her bead shop.  She made them by hand with polymer clay and then painted them with acrylics.

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Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead (photo via somethingtodobeads/Claire Lockwood)

 

Please be sure to stop in to Claire’s shops and heart the items you love and let her know you love her items.

Links:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodobeads

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-to-do-with-your-hands/146954858726274

On her Facebook you will find a lot of interesting designs and things, so please head over there to “like” her page and follow her designs!

As always, thank you for supporting handmade artisans!

Have a wonderful week of creating beauty.

 

 


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The New Things I’m Exploring!! Graphics and Bunnies

I am so excited  to show you a few things that I have been designing and it has nothing to do with jewelry.  I have always loved writing, but I have never really called myself a writer.  I used to write research reports in my younger years and before my creative life took over.  But research and writing the accompanying reports are much different from creative writing and the stories I write every so often on Medium.com.  You can find them here:  https://medium.com/@lotsofjewels.

Anyway, I have always loved graphic design so I am now playing around with some easy stuff.  I am in no way saying that I am even close to the true graphic design professionals.  But I am having fun during a difficult time in my life.  In December, I suffered a rather severe fall that resulted in a head injury, tears in my shoulder muscles and a back injury.  I  have been mostly confined to staying home because I can’t drive or work outside my home with my injuries.  My jewelry is a wonderful outlet, but I also love technology and learning new skills so I have been on Picmonkey (a free online photo editing site) playing around and here are a few of my very elementary designs!

First, here is my new graphic for my Shop Find of the Week.  I made it with the blank canvas option on Picmonkey and just had a great time picking and choosing which elements to add.  I used a few of the “sticker” shapes and changed the colors, then added some focal elements and text.

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Please note:  All work shown here is the property of Cherie Klinger, Accessoire Blog, and Accessoire Jewelry.  Please do not reproduce without listing the following credit: Designed and Created by Cherie Klinger of Accessoire.

For the children’s book that I have been having fun with, I am using the static bunny and giraffe photos from Picmonkey’s options.  I have five pages completed and hope to complete an entire little book.  Then I guess I will read it to myself and give a copy to my nieces and nephews. Somehow I don’t think my 19 and 14-year-old want me reading a story to them entitled, Trixie and Dex.  The stars of the book are a little bunny named Trixie and a giraffe named Dex.

 

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And below is page 3 to give you a sample of Trixie and Dex together.  If you know anything about my DO*CARE*ACT blog, then you can guess that I have to add a little life lessons about helping others, giving and the miracle of a caring heart!

 

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Sorry about the disclaimer written above, but I feel that I have to add that since there are some people who do like to take things and use them without the proper permission or credit given.  I do not mind one using my photos, I only ask that the proper credit be given.   I do not use a watermark, so please do not copy these little graphics that I have created without attaching the proper credit.  Thank you very much!!   You may not think they are much, especially the graphic designers out there, but they are my little piece of graphic heaven and I am having fun.

We all have a well of creativity inside of us, just allow yourself to try to do something that will bring a smile to your face.  You deserve it!

Hope you all are staying busy and creative.

Much peace!

 

 

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