Thursday, November 17, 2011

Superstar Stylin' at the Savannah Film Festival

Actress Ellen Barkin wearing the Duffield St. necklace by SCAD grad BAZZdeGRANT

I was recently thrilled to be a part of the Savannah Film Festival working as stylist on guest portraits with two super awesome SCAD grads - the MAIN man -official SCAD photographer, Adam Kuehl, and his trusty right hand assistant for this endeavor, SCAD photography grad Brad Rankin. These two guys are sooo talented and, having been friends since their student days at SCAD, they provide an excellent two-man comedy show, (well at least they did for me--an audience of one--between takes). It was great fun setting up interesting backdrops using fine art and props from shopSCAD. Ellen Barkin and Lily Tomlin were even gracious enough to allow me to drape them in jewelry made by SCAD alums BazzdeGrant and Gogo Borgerding! SCAD brings such amazing talent to Savannah, in both its students and industry professionals. This was a real treat to participate in. What a thrill to meet Lily Tomlin! I am still smiling. Check out Adam Kuehl's incredible photographs below.

Actor James Cromwell sitting on old step ladder with lots of vintage books from shopSCAD

Actor James Cromwell

Actress Famke Janssen with SCAD student Liz Winnel "Shuuh" painting

Actor James Marsden with SCAD student Will Penny painting

Actress Lily Tomlin with SCAD grad Ryland Quillen chair and GOGO Borgerding cuff

 Oliver Stone with SCAD grad Michael Porten "Dream Sequence" painting

Actor Ray Liotta with SCAD grad Russ Noto "Man's Understanding of Nature (Abjection towards the Unfamiliar)

Actor Aaron Eckhart with SCAD grad Julio Garcia painting

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beautifully Made, Sweetly Detailed

Metallic Ribbon Linen Dress, $200

SCAD grad Emily McLaughlin made my day last week when she visited shopSCAD with her new clothing designs! Two seconds into reviewing her work, I was ready to sign up as an Emily clothing devotee! Her collection of sweetly detailed and beautifully made clothing gave way to oohs and aahs all about the shop. Even David, our in house shopSCAD man, was eying the yellow deer print dress. (Don't worry he won't take it for his own as Emily promised to make him a bowtie out of the same fabric.) Which leads me to this--if you are not familiar with Fabrika Fabrics in Savannah- you must go! This glorious fabric boutique was created by Emily and her friend Ashleigh Spurlock shortly after Emily graduated from SCAD with a B.F.A. in fashion design in 2009. If you love fabric, (and boy do I ever!) this place is heaven! Check out the cute dresses and separates below. The materials are all natural cotton, linen, wool cashmere and bamboo.

Cotton Cowl Deer Dress, $150
Detail, Cotton Cowl Deer Dress, $150

Green Floral Puff Skirt, $60

Japanese Print Scallop Skirt, $50

Vintage Print Puff Skirt, $60

Lace Top Silk Dress, $375

Beaded Bow Cowl Neck Top, $80

Black Bow Wool and Cashmere Turtle, $80

Dotted Silk Dress, $150

Tulle Dotted Dress, $120
Wool and Cashmere Coat, $375

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Candy Colored Gems: Interview with Elizabeth Finn

Green Tourmaline Slice Ring, $1000

Amy: How would you describe your work?
Elizabeth: Elegant and concise.  

Amy: What motivates you to make work?
Elizabeth: I am really enjoying the challenge of getting my work in as many stores as possible. That drives me so much—wanting to get my jewelry on as many people as possible without compromising my own personal style and sense of aesthetic.  

Amy: What inspires you?
Elizabeth: My grandmother, texture, Jeff Koons. I recently saw the jewelry collection at the V&A and that was mind-blowingly inspirational. 

Bright Red Tourmaline Ring, $1000
Amy: What are some “must haves” in your studio work space?
Elizabeth: Everything I have is an absolute “must have,” and I find I’m really lacking a lot of essential tools.  Oh and GOOD LIGHTING... can’t stress this enough.

Amy: Are there any SCAD artists that you admire?
Elizabeth: Robert McIntosh, a great friend of mine who is a very talented and successful animator. Beyond his animation, though, he’s an excellent painter and visual artist.

Amy: What are you most proud of?
Elizabeth: My jewelry line!

Amy: What is your background?
Elizabeth: Born and raised in New Orleans by totally insane but very smart people. 

Lapis Ring, $900
Amy: If you were not an artist, you would be a _________.
Elizabeth: Probably a curator or gallerist. I wish that I had traveled to France more. I had the opportunity to work with the Paris-based Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Miami with some amazing artists during Basel and if I weren’t a designer I would definitely follow that line of work. I also worked at Basel this past year helping coordinate Ryan McGinness’ show at a strip club and it was an incredible experience. I think working with artists to get their work out into the public has a very important role in society.  

Amy: What challenges do you face when creating?
Elizabeth: Budgetary challenges are the worst. Gold is so expensive!

Amy: What is your design process? Does it start with a sketch? The stone? Or how?
Elizabeth: I never sketch. I start with either a concept or a stone but I work entirely in the material that I know the piece will be made from, and in this case that is mishaps tend to get very expensive. Every piece is handmade and I currently don’t use any castings in the line. 

16ct Tourmaline Slice Ring, $1700
Amy: What blocks your creativity?
Elizabeth: Personal drama, either my own or someone else’s.

Amy: What is the most important thing to you in life?
Elizabeth: My autonomy.

Amy: What is the most important thing to you about your work?
Elizabeth: That I’m still able to make it in ten or twenty years.

Amy: What do you want people to take away?
Elizabeth: Something personal that they covet and can ultimately pass down to their children, or grandchildren.

Emerald Ring, $1500
Amy: How has your life or childhood influenced your work?
Elizabeth: My grandmother was a huge influence. She has amazing style and exposed me to such unique, strange and beautiful jewelry from very early on. And my brother Ryan who is an incredibly weird artist. He exposed me to a lot of artwork that shaped my development as an artist and a creative person. He too is SCAD alumni.

Tourmaline Drop Necklace, $640

Amy: Any SCAD professors that had a special impact on you?
Elizabeth: I suppose all of them. My favorite classes were taught by Taweesak Molsawat who is no longer teaching at SCAD. I loved casting, making my own molds. Also, another class was enameling (I think that was with Nell), I really got to go all out in there. The funny thing is that I don’t use either of those techniques in my work currently...but I’m sure I will soon.

Amy: As a successful jewelry designer what advice could you give current jewelry and metal students or other recent graduates?
Elizabeth: Get a job working for another designer... for a while, like at least a few years. Be creative, have fun, make it yourself and don’t sell out. But do listen, so many of my best selling items have developed because of really constructive criticism from friends and store owners.

Lapis Pendant Necklace, $700

 Amy: How did you first get your jewelry to major markets?
Elizabeth: The same way I do now, I contacted the store with line sheets and a body of work. Tenacity was key.

Amy: Any big mistakes or pitfalls you could warn against?
Elizabeth: Do not make business personal and don’t take everything about your business personally. 

Pink Tourmaline Drop Earrings, $800

Amy: Any notable stores that have carried your work?

Elizabeth: To be honest, they are all really great and each store I’m with has an amazing reputation, but yes... I’m currently with Fred Segal in Los Angeles. I’ve had Cindy Sherman buy something at one boutique, and then Liv Tyler at another. That’s the great thing about being in New York City, there’s constant exposure and the store owners are willing to take a risk on an unknown designer simply because they believe in the work.    

Blue Lapis Drops, $950

Amy: If you could collaborate with any other artist (living or dead), who would that be (AND if you can think of anything, what would you be creating?)

Elizabeth: Oooooh, this is too difficult to answer. I love so many of the contemporary artists out now. I think it would be fun to be in a Ryan Trecartin video or something. Something performance-based where you really get to cut loose. I’ve done some modeling for Ryan McGinness and was photographed by Terry Richardson—that’s all participation at some capacity. But if I were to make something, it would be a performance or a performance-based image of some sort.

Turquoise Tourmaline Studs, $680

Amy: What skills do you use in your current business that you did not realize you might need when still in school?

Elizabeth: I’m much better at separating myself from my work than I ever thought I would be. In school I always was so effected by a critique or whatever, but now if I hear something negative about my work I’m able to shrug it off. I strongly believe in the jewelry that I make and have a lot of confidence in it... now if only I could apply that same line of thinking to my personal life, I’d be golden.

Elizabeth Finn graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003 with a BFA in metals and jewelry.

Monday, August 22, 2011

American Art Collector- Russ Noto

I was delighted to find a copy of American Art Collector  magazine on my desk this morning!  The August issue features the work of recent SCAD painting graduate Russ Noto.  He has an upcoming show Aug. 27-Sept. 10 at the Richart J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York.  See below to read the article and also find work by Russ available at shopSCAD.  

So excited for you Russ!  Way to go!  

These works by Russ Noto are currently available at shopSCAD.

Man's Understanding of Nature (Abjection towards the Unfamiliar)

Oil on canvas
6 ft. x 9 ft.

Sheep Object (Imposed Meaning)

Oil on canvas
6 ft. x 4 ft.

Empty Spectacle II

Oil on canvas
5 ft. x 3 ft.

The Child, the Future, and the Unfamiliar

Oil on canvas
6 ft. x 6 ft.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Tobia Makover: Encaustic Photographs

In all bodies of work and in life, Tobia contemplates the physicality of our existence. She questions the importance of our being and the impact of our time here while she examines the tension between holding on and the desire to let go.

Samuel with Casts

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting with SCAD alumna Tobia Makover in her new studio.  The new space she has created is divine!  An offer to sit a spell and chat about her work was most eagerly accepted.  This dedicated work space is so Zen-superabundant natural sunlight and white walls beautifully show off her work and all her materials and pieces are so harmoniously ordered.  

shopSCAD has sold Tobia's encaustic photographs very well.  We sold 7 to one collector just the other day! The one shown above is my favorite.  I just love the composition and find it so engaging.  The baby in this image is her first son.  He was born with webbed fingers and had to have them surgically separated.  Please continue on to see more of her hauntingly beautiful work along with some studio shots I snapped during my visit!

Last Woman Standing

Eldest Son and My Bear

Bottom Bunk


David Gun

Dana School Chair
Myra Walking Through



Tobia in her studio


Studio (poolside....LOVE!)

Tobia Makover is an internationally award winning fine art photographer who has exhibited around the world, notably at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Les Ateliers de L’image in St. Remy, France, the Griffin Museum in Boston, and AIPAD in New York.  She graduated from SCAD with an MFA in photography in 2001.  She resides in Savannah with her husband and two sons.  

Artist Tobia Makover