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One of my favorite things to do is to shop and support small business. When they are from the Midwest, it’s even better! So when I was approached by a small local jewelry designer I jumped at the chance to work with them! This Celtic Infinity or Eternity Knot Ring by D+O Celtic Jewelry is so pretty and unique and it’s the perfect addition to my everyday jewelry collection. I love Celtic jewelry because not only is it unique, but it tells a story.
UPDATE ON 2/4/2015: Congratulations to Jose Benavides. He is the winner of the Trinity Knot Necklace. Thanks to everyone who entered for such a great response. This was the first contest like this for us. There will probably be more of these in the future, so stay tuned.
Starting in 2015, I am going to occasionally highlight some other pieces of art or jewelry that I find inspiration from, and talk about the an artist or maker behind the work.
The first I want to talk about is Art of Emaan by Ian Garrett. He is a Muslim artist living in London. I originally found his work through Shapeways. He does more than just make 3D printed jewelry. He also makes paintings and sculptures. His is a combination of Celtic and Islamic art. Obviously I was very familiar with Celtic art, but I knew next to nothing about Islamic or arabesque art. It turns out they also use a lot of interlace patterns, with spiritual or religious meanings. Ian’s work straddles these two different forms.
According to his bio, he was invited to show his work at the Islam Awareness Week at the Scotland Street Museum. The event was designed to show what things our Western culture have in common with the Muslim community. I find this especially great considering the things going on in the world today.
There are two pendant designs I wanted to highlight. First is the Arabesque Star Knot Pendant (shown above). It is similar to Celtic knotwork but it uses straight lines instead of curved lines. The resulting pattern produces an 8-pointed star, and if you look closely, you will find a few 8-pointed stars inside this design. I had to look it up, but the 8-pointed star does have significance in Islam. It was known as the “seal of the prophets” in the middle ages.
Second is the Spiral Knot Pendant. I really like this one because it is just 1 single strand wrapped into a really nice pattern. It shows you don’t need multiple interwoven strands to make an interesting design.
Both of these look like they are done in Shapeways’ matte gold-plated steel material. This gives a nice texture to the surface and really brings depth to the piece in my opinion.
A few of our Celtic necklaces are featured in this new Davenport store.
A few Celtic necklaces from D&O Celtic Jewelry are for sale at L&D 15. This is a new store in Davenport that opened last month. The store is unique compared to other stores in this area. They feature things from local artists and crafters. They also carry national brands we don’t normally see here, such as Me&Ro. They selected a few of my necklaces to sell there. It was humbling to see my Celtic necklaces next to some of the great jewelry they have.
The two people behind L&D 15 are Lepeti Etu and David Balluff (L&D). They feature their own work there as well. Lepeti is best known for his hats. He comes from New York and has worked with world-class designers. He also designs clothing and jewelry. David does silk screening and art. He used to work at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. He also has a silk-screen business called General Assembly. They are both extremely talented.
The space itself is still a work in process. It will be more than just a store. There is a mini coffee shop inside. There is also a workshop space for makers to work on their products. They are going to have a regular series called “Meet Your Maker”. Local makers will come and talk about what they do. This is a chance for customers to meet the designers. They can ask questions and see a demonstration. The store has furniture, jewelry, art, clothing, hats, household items and more. The store is at 520 W. 2nd Stret in Davenport.
I wish nothing but success for L&D 15. They bring a very unique resource to our city. I look forward to see if it leads to a larger project. I think some very cool collaborations could come out of this. You never know what might happen when you get so many creative people together.