10.03.2013

laurie kang

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It must be the colour palette, but there is something about Laurie Kang's work that reels me in.

9.23.2013

greyscale

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I did a guest post the other day for Christina, the talented designer behind the blog Forest Dreams.

I featured the
rutilated quartz abstract necklace, a current favourite of mine from the shop. I am just enamoured by anything that is marble printed or textured.


Head over to Forest Dreams to see the rest of the wish list!
8.04.2013

mercer union: small press book fair, curio + vintage sale

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Hello friends! Pardon our absence from this blog recently, we are hoping to get back into the swing of things very soon.

We just wanted to make a quick announcement that Feathers of Gold will be participating at Mercer Union's Small Press Book Fair, Curio and Vintage Sale. This will be our very first show, and we are super excited to be a part of this event!

Mark your calendars:
Mercer Union (1286 Bloor W, Toronto)
Sunday, August 11th 2013
10am - 5pm


We've got some new pieces ready to go, and are busy preparing for next week. We can't wait to see everyone there!
3.31.2013

rk design

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I just ordered some amazing prints from photographer/designer Riikka Kantinkoski of RK DESIGN.  Her blog, Weekday Carnival, is also a vessel of home decor inspiration.  I am obsessed with her abstract graphic work and her clean, minimal approach to interior decorating.

3.28.2013

confetti glassware

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I'm of the opinion that every day should be celebrated and not just those designated holidays. It's important to try to live every moment of your life to its fullest. A little "confetti" in my life helps to make each day all the more exciting!

This design is fairly easy to create. The confetti pattern consists of four basic shapes: triangles, hexagons, squares (big and small), and long dashes (rectangles).

What you'll need:


a.) ceramic/porcelain objects
b.) black and gold non-toxic paints for glass and ceramics
     (I used "Folk Art" Enamel Acrylic Paint by Plaid)
c.) paintbrush
d.) paint palette
e.) water


Before we begin, make sure that you wash, rinse, and dry your ceramic objects.

1.) Paint the black confetti shapes:

It helps to draw a rough sketch on a piece of paper to help you visualize how you will place the shapes in relation to the other shapes and colour.


Start off by painting on the larger shapes (triangles, hexagons, and squares): scatter them evenly, leaving roughly equal distance between each shape.

Then, draw on the small squares and the long dashes/rectangles to fill in the empty spaces between the bigger shapes, again, leaving equal distance between them.

If you make a mistake, use a little water and rub off the area you wish to erase. Be mindful of spacing and alternating shapes, but, don't think too much about where each shape will go. After all, confetti is a random mix!

TIP: Leave about 3/4 inch of space between your design and the rim of the bowl or mug where your mouth or any food will touch. Although the paint you are using may be non-toxic and dishwasher safe, most paints are not rated as "food-safe" and should not have direct contact with your mouth or the food you are consuming.


2.) Paint the gold confetti shapes:

Once you've painted on the black shapes, leave the paint to dry for a couple of minutes. If you are happy with the minimal look of the black confetti, then skip right on to step 3.

If you would like the jazz up your mug or bowl with gold accents, simply repeat step 1 using gold paint.


3.) Allow the paint to dry:
Before using your newly confetti-ed glassware, allow the paint to fully dry and harden to prevent it from chipping.

In order to allow the paint to cure (set), you will need to do one of two things:
a.) Let the paint air dry for 21 days, or,
b.) Wait 1 hour for paint to dry, then place the glassware in a cool oven and heat to 350ºF (176ºC) for 30 mins. Let it cool in the oven before removing.

Please read the instructions on your paint bottle and follow those directions if they differ from the ones suggested above.


Throw some confetti in the air, you're done!
3.22.2013

instagram

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For those of you who don't use Instagram, I thought I would share with you some of the pictures that I post there. To be honest, I've had Instagram for quite some time now, but it has taken me awhile to get acquainted with it. I love blogging, but sometimes it's exciting to take a quick snapshot on the go and share it easily in an instant. I need to make a mental note to capture the beauty on this earth more often.



Winter can be beautiful, but I am more than ready for the springtime. // Frankie Mag reading. // A leather pouch I made. // Indulging in a raspberry tart at Nadège.


I treated myself to a few things in the new year: Confetti System faceted ornament from West Elm, MMMG Day Planner from Good Egg, and an OLO Fragrance in Dafne from Robber. // Stacked hats on my wall: I can't wait to wear these again, once it gets a little warmer. // An origami floral bouquet I made years ago. // Brunch with loved ones at Swan
3.17.2013

faceted hexagonal ornament

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I have truly been in lust with geometric objects, and hexagons have been a frontrunner for some time. I've also been enamoured with mobiles/hanging ornaments and how they are able to transform interior spaces effortlessly.

I thought that making a hexagonal mobile ornament would be a wonderful way to unite these two fascinations. These ornaments are just as perfect for displaying on the table as they are for hanging.

This project was very inexpensive, as most of the materials are regular household items, consisting of only three supplies: scissors, plastic stir sticks, and a hot glue gun. You may use regular, thin straws if you prefer, but I believe that stir sticks would work best because they have a divider (reinforcement) through the center of the sticks that provides more surface area for the glue to adhere to. Nonetheless, there is no right or wrong technique, so don't be afraid to experiment a little on your own.


1.) Gather materials:
For this project, you will need the following materials:
a.) 30 plastic stir sticks
b.) scissors
c.) hot glue gun

Optional supplies (if you are hanging your ornament):
d.) fishing wire
e.) clear adhesive/tape or hook


2.) Trim the ends of sticks:
Take each stick and trim the ends off at a 45 degree angle. Make sure that the direction of one end is symmetrical to the other end. The sticks that I've used are roughly 4 1/2 inches long.

Trimming the ends in this way will allow you to make cleaner joints when the sticks are glued together.

Tip: To prevent the ends from flying all over your workspace, tilt the sticks into a bag while trimming to catch all the flyaways.


3.) Form sticks into triangles:
Using your glue gun, dab a tiny drop of glue onto the end of one stick and attach it to the end of another stick, creating a v-shape. Take another stick and connect the two ends to form a triangle.

Take care to glue the joints one by one and hold them into position for about 15 seconds, or when the glue has hardened. This will take a lot of patience, but you will want to glue the joints one at a time as rushing will promote bumpy, off-center joints.

Repeat this step until you have created seven triangles.


4.) Form sticks into v-shapes:
Grab two sticks and glue them together into a v-shape. Make two sets of these v-shaped sticks.


5.) Form a pentagon base:
This pentagon shape will act as a base for your hexagonal ornament.

Connect the points of two triangles, ensuring that they are tilted upwards slightly.  Take a single stick and glue it at this middle point, ensuring again, that it is pointing in a slight upward direction.


6.) Complete the pentagon base:
Close off the tops of the open triangles by gluing three sticks to connect all of the unattached points.
You should have a pentagon shape like the one above that is slightly concave like an umbrella.


7.) Build the walls of the hexagonal ornament:
Use the pentagon shape as a base shape and begin to build the walls for the faceted hexagonal ornament.

Take one of your pre-made triangles and glue it to one of the points on the pentagon you created. Repeat this step for the rest of the four points of the pentagon. Glue all of the adjacent triangles securely.


8.) Completing the ornament:
Take the v-shape sticks you've created earlier and, turning it upside down, glue the two ends onto the structure. Slightly point the v-shape connector towards the middle as the glue dries. Repeat using the second v-shape connector you created and join the two points in the middle.

Lastly, take a single stick to connect the final corners to complete your ornament.


9.) Say hello to your new faceted hexagonal ornament! You may wrap a piece of fishing wire around one corner of the ornament in order to hang it if you prefer to use it as a mobile.

Try making different shapes or even spray painting it another colour.
3.04.2013

pinterest

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I know, I'm quite late jumping on the bandwagon, but, I finally caved in and started pinning.
Follow me here.

3.01.2013

a slow immersion

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Winnie Truong's exhibit, A Slow Immersion, opened yesterday and will be on display until the end of March at ESP in Toronto.  Really amazing work.

2.24.2013

cards cards cards

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I got my business cards in the mail the other day. This was my first time designing something for print, and it was both an exciting and slightly nerve-racking experience. I'm quite meticulous when it comes to these sorts of things, and initially, I felt like nothing I did was leading me in the right direction.

I finally settled on this design. I felt it reflects my current taste pretty well: nature, geometric shapes, and a muted colour palette. It felt good to send it off for printing.

I had my cards printed by MOO, and I'm quite pleased with their quality. There was a bit of a delay at first with a few setbacks, but the staff at MOO were pretty outstanding to say the least, and quickly resolved any lingering concerns.

2.18.2013

etsy shop

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Just a quick post to let you all know that my shop on Etsy is now open!
It's been a long road so far, but this is just the beginning.

Here's to a new journey!
2.02.2013

mountains

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Without spoiling too much, I just thought I would share a few of my favourite photos I've taken earlier today in preparation for the opening of my Etsy shop.

azurite triangle single ear-cuff // earring

art deco pendant necklace


There's still lots to do, but it's definitely keeping me busy, and inspired.
1.04.2013

wishes

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So many beautiful things out there.


[1.] Building Block - Butter Shoulder Bag [2.] Athena Procopiou - Two Moons Silk Kimono 
[3.] Species By the Thousand - Chasm Bangle [4.] Julia Kostreva - 2013 Daily Planner  
[5.] Anthropologie - Etched Arcadia Mural [6.] Dries Van Noten - Ankle Boots

A few months ago, I mentioned in a post that there was something special I wanted to announce. It was in reference to a special project that I have been working on: starting a jewelry line of my own (!).

The past year has been a whirlwind of experiences for me, coupled with emotions and new knowledge. I've had thoughts of starting my own jewelry line for some time because I have always wanted to share my creations with others who have a similar artistic vision. I would be lying, however, if I said that I did not have any doubts or insecurities about opening this shop and all the stress packaged with it -- it's all certainly not without some existential construct building in my head.

But, I've learned that there will always be some level of uncertainty in my life, especially when dealing with something so intimately connected to me. These obstacles exist to challenge your persistence.



I've seen this quote featured in several places on the internet, and it's something that really resonates with me. It's empowering to know that I could do almost anything at this very moment, if not physically, then certainly through my thoughts.

After much reflection, I've decided that this project is simply too exciting and fulfilling to let go of. So, here I am, making an announcement that I will be opening my own jewelry shop!

This project truly is an extension of who I am, and my hope is that you will find a part of you in it, too.

Please stay tuned here for updates on my process and the moments leading up to the eventual opening of the shop.

Also, feel free to follow Sarah and me on Instagram (@sairchu & @feathersofgold respectively).