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Iris Tsante

IrisTsanteThese colorful and whimsical jewelry pieces are the creations of Greek artist, Iris Tsante, who transforms colored pencil nubs into these contemporary designs. She says of her work:

“I consider jewelry as a process of exploring ways to define the senses of “beauty” and “value” in reference to memories of significant objects and the subsequent human/social connections related to them. It is a dialectic process since it involves the direct or non-direct communication between maker, wearer and viewer. My pieces provide connotations of optimism, lightness, simplicity, joy and innocence, revealing on the same time qualities such as fragility and vulnerability. They often are characterized by a “mischiefing” tendency, sometimes in harmony with the qualities of the original materials and sometimes making contradicting statements upon more “formal” and “serious” symbols of the western dress code.”

Images: Courtesy of Iris Tsante.


TattlyLove this simple holiday DIY project from Brooklyn-base company, Tattly, who produces non toxic temporary tattoos designed by professional artists. Found this particular project on their blog. The tattoos are temporary but can be made permanent using a clear sealant on the globes. The blank glass ornaments can be purchased at your favorite hobby store and Tattly’s tattoo collection can be purchased here on their website.

Images: Courtesy of Tattly.

Hand Eye Supply

HandEyeSupplyReally have to get myself up to Portland. There are some small businesses I would love to visit such as Hand Eye Supply. Could certainly use a few of the items from their work inspired collection. Here are a few lines from their ‘About” page that explains their philosophy:

“We stock things that are nice to use, hard to find, lovely to touch, and inspiring in origin.”

“We carry cool things you can use to make other things, but how do we choose? By applying 3-part scrutiny to everything we stock. Every item in the shop needs to meet our high standards for Utility, Story, and Design. Being picky has its benefits: everything we carry is practical, interesting, ethically-sourced and well made.”

Images: Courtesy of Hand Eye Supply.