December 03, 2020

Hello! It has been two years since I updated this blog. As you are reading this, I hope you and yours are none too scathed by the new situation. 2019 was a cracker jack year of shows! I won some kind of award at the Wausau festival of arts, got incredible new hand-painted silk signage by Shelby Rodeffer of Finer Signs, (Swoon!) and was over-the-moon to participate in 10ish summer art shows 2020, with some of the most beautiful one of a kind jewelry I have ever made. Of course, one by one the shows were all cancelled, and the ones who refused to be cancelled won a stern furrowing of my eyebrow.

Badly in need of a method to disseminate all of my exciting new work, I was fortunate to find creative fashion photographer Kirsten Miccoli of Chicago. Kirsten took full control of planning and styling a Covid-friendly photo shoot of my new honeycomb cocktail rings and golden oyster fungi jewelry. With a pared down crew who had their temperatures taken at the door, Kirsten used a series of fabric curtains and veils as a barrier between photographer and the model, Joanna Bajena, who lately has also done some work for in the photo series "Safe at Home," by Emily Soto featured in Vogue Italia.

Famous sweetie, Colleen O'Sullivan, who has done hair and makeup on almost all of my past photo shoots, did Joanna's hair and makeup. Kirsten, Colleen and Joanna captured a bright, vintage, other-worldly sensibility for this shoot. I have already posted *most* of the new work, with still more to be released between now and Valentine's Day 2021. Here are some of my favorites from the photo shoot with Kirsten Miccoli for November, 2020.

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I hope that you bask in the joy of the holiday season. How do you love to celebrate? That might change this year, but perhaps something unexpected and enduring will be added to your traditions. If you have time for a fantastic read now that we have apparently been launched head-first into "the future," check out The Machine Stops by EM Forster, written in 1909 but stunningly prescient. What were the best books you read in 2020? Stop by my IG and let me know.

 

Hopefully the world resumes as normal at some point in 2021 so I can see your sweet face at a craft show again. In the mean time, I have some really exciting new jewelry designs already finished and in-the-works, so please keep your eyes peeled on my ever-changing website, designed by Jenn Lamb of Unurth Wonder, with product shots by Rachel Hanel, and brilliant new editorial photos by Kirsten Miccoli. This photo shoot was so exciting to see unfold, I can't wait to do it again. Stay tuned, and if I don't update this blog again very soon: Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Happy Halloween, and Happy New Year again.

Love,

Peggy



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