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Design & Make your very own jewelry

Join me in the following, exciting classes where we will relax, have fun and unleash our creativity by designing and making jewelry using one of the most ancient techniques: the Lost Wax technique.

Where: A casual and relaxing home studio in Sammamish, 98075 WA

Class Size: Up to 5 people.

 

The following classes are available for November & December:

Design & Make your own Ring

When: Nov 9 2018, 17:00 – 20:00 (3 hours)

Cost: 130$

Materials: All the materials (waxes and tools) for the class will be provided. The cost of the class also includes one (1)  casted Sterling Silver ring (up to 0.5 dwt/pennyweight). If you wish to cast extra 3D wax models you can do that for an additional 25$ per piece up to 0.5 dwt/pennyweight. Wax models will be weighted with an electronic scale at the end of the class.

During the class, we will explore the work of different jewelry artists, you will be introduced on how to make a ring with a round or square band and then learn how to add texture and solder organic elements around the band. You will have enough time to explore the wax and experiment with it by creating different designs. At the end you can select your best design to be send to a US Casting House to be casted in Sterling Silver.

The jewelry will then be polished and finished by me (we will agree during the workshop on the finishing details) and then posted to you. If you want you can join the class on Dec 14th and  learn how to polish and finish your jewelry (see below for more info).

Prerequisites: None

 

Design & Make your own pair of earrings

When: Nov 16 2018, 17:00 – 20:00 (3 hours)

Cost: 130$

Materials: All the materials (waxes and tools) for the class will be provided. The cost of the class also includes a pair of casted Sterling Silver earrings (up to 0.6 dwt/pennyweight). If you wish to cast extra 3D wax models you can do that for an additional 30$ per pair of up to 0.6 dwt/pennyweight. Wax models will be weighted with an electronic scale at the end of the class.

Prerequisites: None

During the class, we will explore the work of different jewelry artists, you will be introduced on how to make earrings either with organic or geometric shape. You will also learn how to create texture, engrave or solder extra elements on your earrings.  You will have enough time to explore the wax and experiment with it by creating different designs. At the end you can select your best pair of earrings to be send to a US Casting House in order to be casted in Sterling Silver.

The jewelry will then be polished and finished by me (we will agree during the workshop on the finishing details) and then posted to you. If you want you can join the class on Dec 14th and  learn how to polish and finish your jewelry (see below for more info).

 

How to polish and finish your jewelry

When: Dec 14  2018, 17:00 – 19:30 (2.5 hours)

Cost: 70$

Materials: All the materials for polishing and finishing will be provided

Prerequisites: You will need to have taken one of the above classes and have casted jewelry to finish.

In this class we will polish the jewelry received from the Casting House and you will finish either by coloring them, oxidize them or attach gold foil.

If you are interested in any of the above classes, just send us an email athello@porpe-artifacts.com and we would love to answer any questions you may have and sign you up for the class of your choice! A 10% discount will be offered if you would like to attend two or more classes.

Meanwhile check the video below with all the beautiful jewelry that people created during previous classes without having a prior experience in designing and making jewelry.

 

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Jewelry Making class

I always had a love for art and I was always jealous of the people who could do it. When I was 30 years old I decided to enroll on an evening painting class as I was working in the corporate world.  That was almost 17 years ago, and since then I haven’t stopped.

Introducing yourself to a new skill can help you increase your comfort zone limits and open the doors to creativity that you never knew you had. Jewelry more specifically offers a lot of opportunities during the design and making process to help you do that.

The material

When you are first introduced to the material you need to learn its limits, and you can only do that by the “hands-on” approach. Hands on means doing mistakes and continue until you have the result you want.

 

The Use

The material is there so you need to think  what this jewelry will be used for: is it gonna be a pair of earrings, a ring, a necklace, a bracelet or maybe a pin? Each of the uses imposes new restrictions in your design.

 

The Design

The material is there, you know what you want your jewel to be used for, so you need to think about the design. Is it gonna be geometric, minimal, or maybe a theme inspired by nature? This is totally up to you because the design is an expression of your own experiences and images, you have in your mind.

By combining  the material, use, and design, there will be a few challenges on the way that you need to overcome in order to materialize what you have in mind. I know that when you read it, it looks complicating but the mind finds beautiful ways to work on all of these things and as you learn and train yourself on your skill, gradually you will push your comfort limits and you will be more creative!

 

If you want to learn more on how to design a jewelry by making 3D wax models, find our classes here:

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If you would like a different day  or time, or if you want a private group lesson, please contact us with your request:

Pictures from the classes and jewelry designed by students who took the class.

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Materials Guide & Tips

A lot of our customers have been asking about the materials that we are using, how they can make it last longer.

In Porpe Artifacts we use metal made in the USA, recycled metal whenever possible and try to source everything in a conscientious way. We recycle all our metal scraps – we are now preparing a small collection from scrap metal. We try to support other small businesses and that is why we source our supplies locally as much as we can. Our casting and plating is done by experienced business based in the US.

If you want to know more on our materials, caring instructions and allergic factors, click here ….

Find more Tips on how to take care of your jewelry, click here …

If you have questions or need maintenance on your jewel, you can always email us on hello@porpe-artifacts.com

 

Mother, Mom, Mum, Mama…

 

“Who was the first mother?”  This is the question that my 3-year-old boy asked me in agony, on a Sunday evening. He was trying to find out how did everything started. In his baby mind he knew, that everyone, everything must have a mother, so who was her? I started looking for suitable stories and the first thing that came up was the Ancient Greek myth about “Gaia”. 

The myth reveals that “The first mother and the first ever Greek God was actually a Goddess, her name was Gaia or Mother Earth. She created herself out of primordial chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang. Mother Earth is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment.  She heals, nurtures, and supports all life in this planet and ultimately all life and health depend on her. In time Mother Earth heals all ills”.

After reading this, different questions popped into my mind: Is mother a title because you give birth? What about the women who act like mothers and sometimes even more? who raise adopted children? who support kids? who inspire kids or who just love kids? On top of all these, as a mother I always wonder if there is a right way to show love, achieve and maintain harmony?

One mother picks up her crying baby and rocks him back and forth; another turns away, leaving the baby to cry himself/herself out. In some cultures, they believe that harmony and balance is achieved by a scheduled routine, and by following the safety rules, while in other cultures this may differ.  In some countries it’s fine to leave your baby out in the cold to have a nap (if it is warm dressed), while in others if it is not sunny enough, kids won’t be allowed to go outside out of fear of catching a cold. Like a babel tower, our cultures similar to our languages are so unlike. As a mother, I couldn’t be able to answer if one way is better than the other, I think no one can.  What I do find right though, is the essence of what the ancient Greek myth reveals: a mother is more than a name or a title. A mother is a source of harmony, wholeness, balance, and healing. Life depends on her because she gives life and most important she gives unconditional love, in her own beautiful way. 

Mother is the precious person in our life who will give you her essence just because she loves you!

 

Dedicated to all the special persons who raise, support, inspire and love kids every day, unconditionally!

 

Vicky Zomenou

Porpe Artifacts

**This articles was also published in:

https://bluehilljewelry.com/blogs/blog/mothers-day-by-vicky-zomenou

Conveying cultural values…

Very often we will browse the internet reading about jewelry exhibitions  around the world. It is so nice to read about new artists and designers trying to push the medium they use into other levels. While we were doing that we found an article about an exhibition called “Hidden Curriculum” that takes place during the Munich Jewelry Week:

“…According to history, Jewelry serves as a primary means of conveying cultural values. Traditionally, jewels were seen as sacred and precious; however, from the beginning of the 20th century, jewelry has started to be objectified. Jewelry is a product of non-verbal communication as a result of all human social interactions.

The process, through which a piece of jewelry is created, is totally connected with the cultural and social background of each jewelry artist. From the selection of materials to the final product, it is needed that all different possibilities and perspectives of this act to be explored…”

It is true that jewelry is ..”a non-verbal communication..” and that is why we believe that jewelry is more than an accessory because they reveal something about you when you choose what kind of jewel you will wear.  If you select a handmade jewel try to see beyond the design, ask about the artist and his/her process  and maybe you will discover why you were drawn into it. A jewel conveys the cultural values, experiences and deeper needs of expression of the artist and if you feel connected to a piece of a handmade jewel then there is definitely a deeper connection that also reveals something about you, too.  

Porpe Artifacts

 

Read more about the Munich Jewelry Week here

 

 

 

Love can be.. Eros, Philia, Agape…

According to the Ancient Greek philosophers there are three different types of love:

 

Eros  is the type of love that constitutes a passionate intense desire for someone. In Plato’s writing eros is a common desire that seeks transcendental beauty.

 

Philia entails a fondness and appreciation of the other. Aristotle elaborates that the proper basis of philia is sharing dispositions, bear no grudges, mutual admiration and so on…

 

Agape refers to the paternal love of God for humans and humans for God but extended to include brotherly love of all humanity. Agape draws on elements from eros and philia in that it seeks a perfect kind of love.

 

Enjoy this day and everyday, whatever kind of love you are celebrating…

 

Jewel Your self this special day (inside and out!!)

 

 

All you need is love….

Even though we believe that love should be celebrated every day, we also believe that Valentine’s day is a great opportunity to take a short break from our busy lives and do something special with our other half!

As I was looking for ideas for Valentines’ day I came across the following article which I really wanted to share with you.  The beginning of the article really made me laugh.. ..

“…In city where a new restaurant seemingly opens every week, it’s not hard to find a great spot for date night in Seattle. The other part of the equation, deciding what to wear for the occasion, might elude some of the most well-intentioned Seattleites who might cringe at the idea of trading rain boots for dress shoes for a night on the town with their better half…” Read more …Valentines day style tips and ideas from 6 Seattle bloggers

Just enjoy, Celebrate Love and Jewel Yourself!

Pay it back…

A year and a half ago when Porpe Artifacts was created, we found support through our local community. It is our turn, now,  to support and  pay it back.

Our daily mantra “Jewel Yourself” (Read more here) extended and became “Jewel Our Community” . So, this year we have decided to support the Art Community by donating Jewelry from our collections to be auctioned.

 

1.Artist Trust – Benefit Art Auction

“The Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction is an annual gala fundraiser bringing together artists, community members, collectors, donors, and friends to celebrate Artist Trust’s mission of delivering financial grants and business practice support to individual artists of all disciplines in Washington State.” .. Read more here

 

 

Our elegant, minimal Tattoo Roses necklaces was juried and selected for auction at a starting price of $500 USD.

Tattoo Roses Necklace Details: Consists from eleven sterling silver roses that are black rhodium and gold 24K plated bound together with silk cords & waxed cotton cord, thus allowing the necklace to move freely. The clasp has been especially designed as part of the whole design of the necklace.  … Click here for more info

 

2. Arteast – Benefit Gala 2018

“The Benefit Gala gives us an opportunity to both celebrate and invigorate artEAST. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to create a vibrant and enduring visual arts community through creating, teaching, learning, exhibiting, selling, and gathering to support artists and the community. This annual event is about supporting artEAST, our community of artists and friends of the visual arts, and about ensuring we have a place for creativity and culture.” Read more about Arteast here.

 

Our Elegant Pyramid Necklace and a matching pair of stud earrings will be auctioned at the benefit gala of artEast.

Jewelry Details: The pyramid elements from the earrings and the necklace is made of Sterling Silver with matte finish. The necklace is  combined with dark red cotton cord with adjustable length. A necklace that is perfect for layering!

 

On our way… to the Seattle Gift Show

In Porpe Artifacts we are happy and proud to be part of the artistic vibe and community of Seattle.  Our path of interacting with people through our jewelry led us to the Artisan Alley of the  Seattle Gift Show.

“We take pride of what we do! From design … to art you can wear” says Vicky the founder of Porpe Artifacts. “We love being part of a sustainable way of making and consuming. When you buy a well designed and thoughtful handmade jewel and you know the inspiration behind, the person who did it and how they did it, it so beautiful.”

We would love to show you our work!

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Porpe Artifacts  – Artisan Alley /  3851

Location:  Washington State Convention Center
Hours
SAT,  January 20 | 9 am – 5 pm
SUN, January 21 | 9 am – 5 pm
MON, January 22 | 9 am – 5 pm
TUES, January 23 | 9 am – 3 pm

 

Dazzling Holidays…

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, is our favorite season! A celebration of love & rebirth, a time where we promise ourselves what we will change for next year.  An opportunity to wear our best outfit, our one of a kind jewel and our smile and look beautiful inside and out!   What is the best outfit and one of a kind jewel ? Well, it is the one that makes you feel comfortable, unique, beautiful….

Porpe’s only advise is to always select your personal things with care, buy less of better quality and make sure that what you buy fit your unique style!

If you are looking for jewelry, you will be able to find Porpe’s collection in

cropped-21875738_674161592795153_2107455723_oKirkland Arts Center,

620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033

December 6

 

 

Art East Gallery  the vault

-> THE VAULT, you can find some of our designs, priced at $50, $100, $150!!

-> More of our designs are also in the permanent collections of the Gallery!!!

 

 

 

 

cropped-21875738_674161592795153_2107455723_oOnLine on our etsy shop

We are always adding new designs but if you have something in mind or you like one of our jewels that is out of stock contacts us, we may be able to get it in time for you!

 

If you live in the area of Seattle, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah we would be happy to meet you in person, so you can see and try on any of our jewels that are available on-line! Just contact us!

Browse all our collections here! 

 

Jewel Yourself…

“Jewel Yourself”, started when we watched a short video from different women talking about being.. Being kinder to others, Being lost in the moment, Being at peace with the world and with our self, Being kinder to yourself… In our everyday lives we are busy with living instead of being. You know how our minds work, one moment you read something inspiring and you think ” Yes, I should do that”… and the next moment your are lost on your daily activities.

There are lots of ready mantras that we could use but we needed something that will be personal, will work as a sign, and will be easy associated to an object. So, the word “Jewel” came to us. Obviously because we love jewels so much and, because we love the meaning of the word “jewel” which according to the dictionary it is also “a person resembling a jewel in preciousness, brilliance, etc…” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/jewel). Then the word “yourself” just paired.

For us the phrase “Jewel Yourself” goes beyond the beautification of the body and includes the beautification of the soul. That is how this little phrase captured our minds and hearts and became our everyday moto: to “Jewel Ourselves”.

We hope that through our “Jewel Yourself” series of articles, videos, books and photos that inspired us,  you will be inspired, too, and “Jewel Yourself” every single day.

 

With love

from Mina & Vicky

 

 

11th Sammamish Arts Fair

 

How could Porpe miss this year’s fair in Sammamish ? Last year we had a great time, we talked to a lot of people, we made some friends and we promised to be back. Our new designs will be there for you to try them on …

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So if you and your family want to spend some quality art time come around.

Have a look at the program..

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About the Sammamish Arts Fair

The Sammamish Arts Fair is an annual Arts Fair, which is now in its 11th year. It has grown in reputation to be one of the most anticipated arts events on the Eastside, and it will feature some of the best jury selected local artists in our area. When Forbes recently ranked Sammamish as the number one friendliest town in America, they made mention of our annual arts fair.

Come and visit with the artists, see their work and learn about their creative process. Inside the City Hall building, the highest quality and variety of fine art will be available for purchase, and will include original works of art such as; paintings, jewelry, mixed media, encaustic art, glass arts, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, photography and textile art.  Along with the visual arts, will be musical arts, performance arts and children’s activities for the whole family.  Look for things to see, hear and do in the city hall, the library and the plaza between the two buildings.  Check out the program for more info.

The Arts Fair is a community-wide cultural art experience, which is produced in partnership with the participating Artists and the Sammamish Arts Commission. The artists and community volunteers completely create and run the Arts Fair.

Sponsorship is grateful received from the City of Sammamish, the Sammamish Arts Commission and 4Culture.

Admission is free.

Click here to find out more…

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