April 15th is Voltage and here at Lefthand Originals/ Larissa Loden we have been working hard.So I thought I would let everyone have a sneak peek into my design process and how the looks are coming along for Voltage. For Voltage I have been focusing on navy and military inspired designs.
The first part is sketching, since my lines are based on where vintage meets modern. I started thinking about military pieces and how they they could take on a modern aesthetic. I instantly thought of vintage military ribbon pins and army buttons.
I have thousands of sketch books laying about filled with designs and inspirations. Some I use some I don’t, but I find if I don’t record my ideas I forget and I have A LOT of ideas.
Next is sourcing for materials, I really like my pieces to have a story and age so I go to the source. I love antiquing, I think it has to do with my upbringing. My father was an antiquer and I have fond memories of waking up super early on Sunday mornings to go to Flea Markets and antique shows.
Next after I have acquired all the necessary pieces I construct. This is obviously my favorite part. I usually work in small scattered piles across my work area.As you can see from this tiny snippet, I have amassed quite the collection of things. My usually weapons of choice are pliers, a jewelers saw, butane torch, and a tumbler.
And viola, finished products. Sometimes pieces do not turn out as nicely as you imagine and sketch out, but luckily for me these ones did.
The earrings are vintage military ribbon pins, on vintage brass filigree, brass chain and long kidney ear wires. The bracelet, which is know 3 strands features vintage navy buttons, set into 1970 brass bezels.
Well folks, while there are lots more pieces designed I don’t want to ruin the big 15th for you all. I will be posting more update tidbits on my facebook page.
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