BYOJ: Bring Your Own Jeans! MARZdenim Trunk Show

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MARZdenim Trunk Show

Saturday, August 27th 12 pm – 5 pm

Marion Zaniello, creator of MARZdenim will be in store to custom alter and/or paint dip your favorite pair of jeans.  Bring your own 100% cotton denim (leave those jeggings at home).  Or, you can choose from Marion’s already completed selection and from Hitchcock Madrona’s vintage 501 collection.

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Marion Zaniello, owner of MARZdenim serendipitously came into Hitchcock Madrona.  I exclaimed “WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE JEANS?”.  She replied, “I made them” and “I can make you a pair.”  YES!  Where do I sign, who do I make the check out to, and where do I go?!?  The more I got to know Marion the more I discovered her to be both an amazing person and designer .  She even has the resume (Dana Buchman and Nanette Lepore) to boot!  Marion recently returned to Seattle, her hometown, with husband and three kids in tow.  Nordstrom Product Group was next, as both a designer and design director for 4 years.

In early 2016 MARZdenim was born while Marion and her family were vacationing in Mexico. She was inspired by the white painted trunks of the palm trees all around the resort.  When she returned home she had the brilliant idea to mimic the look on an old pair of jeans.  After flatteringly altering the fit (which she did to mine and I LOVE), she dipped the hems in old house paint.  The rest is history!

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Hope to see everyone at the event on Saturday!  Bring your jeans, and your friends, and your friends’ jeans!

XOXO

Erica

Trunk Show: Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer

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There is nothing we love more than ingenuity in design, and our latest featured brand Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer fills that category to a tee. The Brainchaild of 1/2 of the line’s namesake, Jaclyn Mayer, OGJM is playful, sophisticated, and like nothing we’ve seen before. Jaclyn was already designing under her own name when she began using sraps from artist, Orly Genger’s beautiful woven sculptures. From there, the line took off with exciting collaborations with VPL and Mara Hoffman. See a few of Jaclyn’s designs from the Fall/Winter ’15 collection below, and in store along with other incredible sample and collaboration pieces through this Saturday, October 10th.24

 

Muted tones and sophisticated pops of color wind their way throughout this season’s collections. As with most seasons in the OGJM Archives, the color combinations expertly walk the line between playful and luxe.

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The Roxbury Necklace is a real standout in the collection. Architectural and modern, in classically rich tones the Roxbury is a light as air statement necklace for any outfit.

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Whether you’re looking for a piece for an event, or just a feel good treat for yourself, stop by the store or email us: info@hitchcockmadrona.com for more pictures and pricing information. Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer will be featured through this Saturday, October 10th.

 

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock

Obsession: Ampersand as Apostrophe

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Every time I start discussing Ampersand as Apostrophe handbags with a client, passerby, barista really anyone who will listen.  I find that my voice climbs a notch or two with excitement. Simply put, Ampersand as Apostrophe has made a loyal fan of this handbag lover. Designer, Creative Director, and Founder of AasA (as the fandom has affectionally abbreviated it) seamlessly navigates the line between fashion forward, simple, and classic in a way that I have yet to see at such an accessible price point with the quality of a few design houses I will refrain from naming.

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Each bag is functional, structured, fun and comes with an incredible snap out clutch that is not only convenient but adorably sexy as well.

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Often times, I find myself gravitating to features I never utilize; mirrors, lipstick pockets, built in key rings, you get the picture. This has not been the case for my AsasA bag. I spend most of my time running from the store to an event, or a styling gig and I have found myself snapping out my clutch so often I think it has become an involuntary action.

If you’re interested in seeing Jessica’s amazing work in for yourself, and for a chance to meet the designer in person, stop by the store this Saturday, April 18th between 1pm and 6pm for our Ampersand as Apostrophe Trunk Show.

Hope to see you there!

XOXO,

Millie

Just In: Holiday Bling

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It’s that time of year again! It’s holiday party season and time to break out the rhinestones, the sparkles, the holiday bling! Whether you’re into glamorous and glittery or subtle and shiny we’ve got you covered with beautiful options from Tom Binns, Lulu Frost, Jennifer Behr, and more. So, check out our holiday party picks and to quote Ben Barry from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: “Frost yourself”!

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Lulu Frost Radiant earrings.

Leave it to Lulu to create a beautiful Art Deco, star burst motif that feels fresh mixed with brass chain (which brings some warmth to the cool rhinestones and allows for beautiful movement).

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Lulu Frost Silvertone Collage necklace, Tom Binns white crystal earrings with degradee hanging pearls, MOSCOT Lemotosh sunglasses.

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Lulu Frost Silvertone Collage necklace.

A mix of 1920’s vintage brooches, hat pins, and Art Deco dress clips make up this striking statement necklace. The steel chains add depth and just the right amount of edge to this piece.

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Tom Binns asymmetrical white crystal necklace inset with pearls.

We are all about asymmetry at Hitchcock Madrona and Tom Binns does it perfectly (of course!). This piece is great if you want to throw on a statement earring (or other accessory) too – it’s delicate enough that you won’t feel overly done.

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Tom Binns white crystal earrings with degradee hanging pearls, Catbird gold Ballerina earrings.

These Swarovski crystal and pearl beauties give the illusion of enveloping the earlobe. So, so lovely. There’s a reason Tom Binns is the reigning king of the fashion jewelry world!

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Lulu Frost Decade earring.

This is exactly how we like to wear our pearls… with a little bit of edge. These glass pearls, caged by black metal settings encrusted with crystals, are a flawless mix of ladylike and evil.

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Jennifer Behr Vela Halo headpiece.

This headpiece is one of the easiest to wear – it looks gorgeous with hair up or down. Strands of Swarovski gunmetal crystals drape together in a peak to create a beautiful halo effect. Our Jennifer Behr holiday order just arrived and we have several more stunning crystal pieces, silk bow headbands, rhinestone barrettes, sultry veils, and more. We need to find a masquerade ball to attend!

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Hitchcock Madrona pave diamond key necklace.

With just a hint of icy pave diamonds, our key pendant is perfect if the bigger statement pieces seem daunting… and it’s just a wonderful addition to any jewelry collection.

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Feeling bling-y yet? Come visit to make sure your holiday party look is on point!

 

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock

Artist Profile: we like to lounge

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we like to lounge dreamcatchers hanging from the trees in Port Townsend, WA.

 

We posted a  few weeks ago about we like to lounge, a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona. As promised here is an interview with we like to lounge designer Kate Donahue (yes, our Kate!). Enjoy . . .

 

What inspired you to create a line of dream catchers? What made you decide to make the dreamcatchers out of leather, lace and other high-end materials? 

Looking over the bags and bags of beautiful ribbon and lace that I have collected over the years in my apartment, I decided that I needed to start creating! I wanted to use the two ethereal materials (lace and leather) together to create something unique and dreamy. The dreamcatcher was born. In my mind it just seemed fitting; I am a self-diagnosed hopeless romantic dreamer and always have been. Why fight it? The purpose of my dreamcatchers (at least in my mind) is to “catch” the good dreams while filtering out the bad – I love that.

 

How does your background in fashion influence your designs? 

My clothing designs have always revolved around beautiful fabrics. I strongly believe that the quality of materials used in any design will make or break it. Quality over quantity is always how I’ve lived my life.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your design process for the dreamcatchers?

I am obsessed with different textures. Lace, leather, ribbon – it all inspires. Mixing these textures/materials is where the “designing” happens. The materials guide every decision. The simplest knot in a strip of lace can affect its placement. From there I focus on a color scheme: right now I love neutrals. I hand-dye my materials to achieve my desired color. After working at Hitchcock Madrona for two years,the semi-precious stones (pyrite and crystals) had to be in the mix!

 

What designers (clothing or otherwise) have especially influenced your aesthetic? 

As stated above, I am more influenced by materials than other designers. I also love references from the past, such as the black leather and lace dream catcher affectionately named “Stevie”.

 

About how long does it take you to complete a dreamcatcher?

It is an ongoing process. I can’t really say exactly how long – anywhere from two days to two weeks.  My apartment is my studio so I am surrounded by dream catchers 24/7, thus I am always tinkering with them.

 

What can we look forward to seeing from we like to lounge in the future?

Lots. I am a big dreamer after all.

 

Photos just do not do these beautiful creations justice, stop by the store and ask to see them in person!

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock

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Artist Profile: Faris Du Graf of F A R I S

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The beautiful Faris in her Seattle studio.

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Faris at work in her studio.

 

Faris Du Graf of F A R I S is the newest artist to Hitchcock Madrona. Faris is a local artist, handcrafting beautiful jewelry that is playful and powerful all at once. Best and self described as “both streetwise and architectural. Her pieces reflect the balance and beauty of juxtaposition”. We are thrilled to welcome F A R I S to our store.

How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?

Modernist silhouettes, classic appeal, thoughtful assembly with a touch of humor.

 

How did you become interested in designing jewelry?

I’ve always been interested in design and making—I’m sure not unlike most girls. I always had a beading kit for friendship bracelets and daisy chains. Grandma taught me how to sew and crochet. But metalsmithing was something I always wanted to learn. So about 6 years ago I took a class and fell in love. It allowed me to explore more freely and create designed I dreamt.

 

When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for?

Each collection is based on an imaginary muse. For the PRIMARY collection, my lady was a metropolitan modern day Anni Albers. For NINETYSIX, my muse was a cross between Bjork, Aaliyah and Kate Moss. But in general, my lady is artful, intelligent, practical and confident.

 

What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?

I love the ability to take small amounts of material and create something beautiful, that is meant to last forever.

 

What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?

A simple necklace, a statement piece and a pair of hoops. Every lady needs some hoops.

 

What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?

Making it work. I can sketch and imagine, but how do I create it? It’s very much a discovery process. I’m not formally trained, but I’m curious and tactile. Figuring out how to create a piece that is structurally sound is just as important to how beautiful it is. They’re little pieces of architecture.

 

What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer.

Being able to share my art.

 

Hitchcock Madrona is hosting a Trunk Show this Thursday, the 22nd, to unveil the F A R I S collection. Come join us in celebrating F A R I S!

 

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock

Interview: Mariella Pilato

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Mariella is a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona. She has a unique aesthetic and her work has a striking architectural quality to it. A local designer who divides her time between Seattle and Bali, Mariella’s jewelry is entirely handmade. Her pieces are bold and statement-making but remain elegant and sophisticated. We are so happy to welcome her to our store!

How did you become interested in designing jewelry?
I have always been involved with the creative process using whatever media came to hand. When I came to Bali I discovered gemstones and started my own benchwork, learning silversmithing techniques, experimenting hands-on how to realize my ideas and turn them into jewelry.
Is there any particular woman whom you design jewelry for?
Strong, independent, risk taking fashionistas…. I create pieces that satisfy my taste and that I would wear myself. I like accessories to be bold and to make a statement about the woman wearing them.
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Mariella at work!
What is your favorite way to style your pieces?
In a word? Bold.
The short answer: stackable bracelets; pendants worn on long handcrafted chains that match the style of the piece or choker-length short; all-or-nothing large rings that stand out wherever you are and those big statement, one-of-a-kind pieces that are to a sexy black dress what wine is to cheese.
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
My love of the arts & architecture, my background in stage design. I love fashion but I make what pleases me and when others love it as much as I do that is affirming for me. I also draw inspiration from indigenous cultures and their traditions in personal adornment. Everything has its own beauty and I just like to add to that.
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Love this nautical-themed piece for summer!
What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?
In the end, it all comes down to my strongest suit, which is sketching endless variations on a theme, and the stimulation of the stones that excite me at the time until an idea manifests that I can develop into comfortable, wearable jewelry…. I like to get hands-on at my bench and create patina and texture to complete my ideas.
What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?
Only three?!? A woman should have everything she loves that makes her happy…. I love large bangles, a bold ring, a stunning pendant and earrings to match.
What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?
Certainly it’s the long process of transforming a drawing into a piece of jewelry, as well as coming up with new styles to keep my jewelry line fresh and fashion forward.
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Amazing sterling earrings!
What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?
From the high fashion world I admire how things are crafted to perfection; I  love  the Chanel diamonds collection. But I really love edgy, creative young fashion designers from Bangkok [and] the clean styles of Japanese fashion. Plus, I have expatriate artist friends here in Bali who are creating fabulous jewelry and other fashion modalities that are innovative & completely different. These are the very people that inspire me.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?
The freedom I enjoy. I work for myself and get to travel around the world, meeting many people that share my interests in adornment, and I get to explore new materials from exotic locations too.drawings
Mariella’s sketches for her amazing jewelry.
Thank you so much for answering our questionnaire, Mariella! Your answers are so inspiring!

Artist Profile: Shannon Koszyk

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We are so lucky to carry talented, Seattle-based designer Shannon Koszyk’s amazing jewelry at Hitchcock Madrona. We’ve carried Shannon’s work for about a year now and we love her aesthetic. She brilliantly mixes pearls and sterling silver with medallions and objects from rosaries that imbue her work with a luxurious and slightly gothic feel. Her elegant designs are so versatile; they add a little edge to a jeans and T-shirt combo and are equally stunning when worn with a more formal ensemble. Thank you so much, Shannon, for answering our questionnaire!

How would you describe your line’s aesthetic? 

I love the contrast of luxury and grit. I would describe my jewelry as heirloom jewelry deconstructed and weighty; inspired by history.

How did you become interested in designing jewelry?

I started re-working rosaries back in high school and it evolved from there. I found vintage medals in a Paris flea market and the rest is a series of fortunate circumstances that have allowed me to create the universe inside my head….

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When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for?

Independent, self starters who are not afraid to stand out and make a statement. My tag is Audaces Fortuna Invat – “Fortune Favors the Bold” in Latin.

What is your favorite way to style your pieces?

Layer, layer, layer.

Where do you find inspiration for your collections?

Everywhere, but specifically in architecture, history and music.

What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?

Everything, but mostly that I have found a voice and feel that I can finally communicate effectively.

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What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?

[A] large cocktail ring, a long chain or strand of pearls and a go-to everyday piece.

What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?

Not listening to the noise, not being swayed.

What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?

So many, but in particular [and] for differernt reasons: Ann Demeulemeester, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and of course, Rock Owens. I love a classic, well-tailored garment with something original to say.

What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?

That women walk away from me happy….

Artist Profile: Xenia Mara

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Xenia Mara is a Seattle-based jewelry designer who handcrafts all of her pieces using vintage materials and semi-precious stones. Each necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings she makes is one of a kind, feminine, and glamorous without being over-the-top. Much of her jewelry can be easily layered and all of it is extremely versatile. We are so fortunate to have Xenia’s collection here at Hitchcock Madrona. Thank you, Xenia, for continually inspiring us with your beautiful and creative designs!

How would you describe your line’s aesthetic? 

Short answer: vintage inspired, with a modern yet classic sensibility and of course, one-of-a-kind. Well, and did I mention patina? I like a warm, worn-in, well-loved feel, so a fair amount of my work has patina.

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One of Xenia’s iconic and dramatic “waterfall” necklaces.  AMAZING!

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When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for? 

To be perfectly honest, I design every piece so that I love it first. But at the same time, I’m always thinking of a bright and confident woman who is inspired to look and do her best at whatever she does in life. As I’m designing, I sometimes reference icons like Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Elizabeth Taylor, Chanel, and even the Wilson sisters and Janis Joplin when my mood swings to vintage rock-n-roll …

What is your favorite way to style your pieces? 

Each piece has to stand on it’s own. That’s just a given. But I have a penchant for making things that are convertible: two clasps on a necklace allow multiple lengths, from long and draped to short and chunky when wrapped a few times around the neck; belts convert into necklaces and back; a long layered chain necklace turned sideways on itself transforms into a short looped chain neck piece. Why not have options? I love to engineer [the piece] so that the customer can customize the necklace to fit [her] needs or [her] mood of the moment.

But speaking to the question of styling, I love the way that Hitchcock layers my pieces. Their display work is inspired. But everyone knows that!

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I have doubled up!  Wearing two of Xenia’s chunky necklaces.

Where do you find inspiration for your collections?

My inspiration stems from the materials first and foremost; I design based on what chains and gemstones catch my eye. Sometimes I just play with a chain, draping it into different shapes. Possibly this method of working comes from my background as a clothing designer. To further explain it, my favorite reality TV show is Project Runway: I can totally relate to being given a project with a day or two to source and design and sew before having it reviewed by my instructors in front of my peers. In design school I could never sketch an idea on paper before having picked out the fabric and trims—the materials always inspired the design and I continue to work this same way as I drape the jewels and chains into their final forms.

What do you particularly love about designing jewelry? 

Designing jewelry is like making sculpture. I always wanted to try throwing pottery and sculpting because those disciplines involve working in three dimensions and I love working with my hands. Designing, as well as actually hand-making the jewelry, lets me express myself in this way.

What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?  

I think this can change over time and certainly may differ from person to person. But elementally, jewelry that makes you smile, feel confident, sexy, womanly, edgy, empowered, beautiful and elegant would be key pieces. From my own collection, I would suggest a multi-chain layering piece as a foundation. On top of that, throw [on] a chunky strand of natural rock crystal or maybe a long pendant with some color. Swinging the other direction to a more delicate approach, what woman doesn’t deserve raw diamonds or sapphires on a fine gold or silver chain?

What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging? 

Committing to one particular idea when a material is in limited supply is the toughest challenge for me. For instance, if I only have a short length of a very fabulous vintage chain [then] I have only one chance to get the design just right … to do justice to that “bit” of the past that is awaiting a rebirth. I can agonize over it. I would also like to note that I do not scavenge intact vintage jewelry. I only use broken or discarded items or vintage chain factory over-runs.

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Speaking of fabulous vintage chain….

What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire? 

This is actually a very tough question to answer. I have a wide range of influences and find inspiration all over the design world. For vintage, of course I could not miss mentioning Miriam Haskell, Tiffany, Fortuny, Erté, Madame Grès, Vionnet, Balenciaga and everything Deco and Art Nouveau … no surprise there! I would have to give Ralph Lauren kudos for creating American classics (and what an empire!). Karl Lagerfeld is brilliant and prolific. Because I find pleating so cool, I have great respect for Issey Miyake and I’ve even gone so far as to hand-pleat silk using the Japanese technique of shibori pole-wrapping. I’ve always loved John Galliano, whether he’s being good or naughty. When I had the money, I could never resist Prada boots and heels. Because I love clever draping, I must now hail Haider Ackermann. And because I could go on forever with this list, I will end by saying that I’m still in mourning for the loss of Alexander McQueen (though his Sarah Burton is doing well holding down the fort somehow). 

What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer? 

I love what I do. Re-purposing vintage chains and other found items into new forms allows me creative expression, and I wake up excited each day to get to “work”. As Robert Frost describes in “Two Tramps in Mud Time,” “my vocation is my avocation.”  I wouldn’t have it any other way. Life is good!

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Artist Profile: Crystal Hartman

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We asked designer Crystal Hartman to answer our artist questionnaire. She is one of the most recent designers to join Hitchcock Madrona and she recently created a line of sterling silver jewelry exclusively for us! Crystal makes of all of her jewelry by hand in Durango, Colorado, her home town. The craftsmanship of her work is extraordinary, and her designs are elegant and timeless. Read all about her design philosophy below:

How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?

Sculptural…solid designs heavy in detail referencing botanical illustration and the movement of water, grass and air.

When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for?  

I love the idea of all women wearing my jewelry, but I certainly design for the strong. I love a woman with “feist” in her eyes. The designs are heavy silver with stones set in them to stay; they will withstand being worn on stage, round the world, and to a very fine dinner.

What is your favorite way to style your pieces?

Layers…I like the rings with stones oddly stacked over bands. I like to see the bracelets layered with strands of navy or deep red glass beads, leather or lace tied round the wrist to remember love and texture. I like classic roses; feathers, driftwood and fabrics that emphasize beauty in the line work but remind us a bit of the physical strength of the jewelry in a subtly psychological way.

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A sampling of some of Crystal’s pieces that we have in stock. How beautiful are these?!

Where do you find inspiration for your collections?  

Music, film, travel and contemporary art and history. This line [at Hitchcock] was influenced by the giant, red rock walls and purple grama bursting between [them] at Indian Creek and the water rippling beneath it [in] Utah, [and] by the blue sky breaking to grey in late October [in] Seattle. I am egged on by E.E. Cummings, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Andre Breton, Caravaggio and Woody Allen, by Jonah Skurky-Thomas, Rebecca Tischler, Rachel Mindel, The Panoply, and sound… each album that catches the light in my ears just right at any moment…

On these pieces for Hitchcock Madrona: Cole Porter, Hurray for the Riff Raff, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, LCD Soundsystem, Billie Holiday, The Black Keys, Louis XIV and Ibrahim Ferrer played great inspiration.

What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?  

The tradition, process and accessibility of it. I love to pour beauty into an object that will be worn on someone’s hand or heart to remember a time or display a feeling [and] into an object that is at once contemporary art and functional adornment.

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Crystal at work!

What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?

I used to be daunted by the enormity of the industry, of all of the different techniques and styles and the desire to try them all out. As I’ve developed a conversation with the materials that fear has faded into excitement… most challenging now is the time it takes to see a process through. With so many possibilities, it is easy to dream up a thousand designs. Choosing the freshest ones and introducing them to the design world takes perseverance.

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One of the wax molds Crystal uses to create her jewelry – she employs a technique known as the “lost wax process”.

What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?  

Letters from lovers. And knowing that the pieces I design will help define an individual. A long time ago, I heard a story about modern man; the narrator [of the story] said that what distinguished him [modern man] was when he hung the first bead round his neck – adornment as an expression of individuality. I am honored to design pieces that are truly unique, where we see and feel my hand in them and no one will have another that is the same.

What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?  Asagi Maeda, Alexander Calder, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel, Agnes B., and Mervin Stilson (an outrageous cobbler down the street from my studio).

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This is a piece that was just cast.  It now has to be cleaned, polished, oxidized and polished again!  Each one of Crystal’s unique pieces is understated but also incredibly detailed.

What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own? 

A band ring that fits on several different fingers and can be worn alone everyday or stacked with others when she likes. A strong, great bracelet. A conversation piece… something big and bold and certainly made by hand.