Archive - April 2016

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Fun at the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall
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Sally Bass Jewelry – Taking Wearable Art to the Next Level

Fun at the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

(Vintage Skirt- thrifted at Cottage Shop, Vintage Blouse- thrifted, Vintage Bow Heels- via Born Again Vintage, “Siren Sabine” Sunglasses- c/o Darylynn Eyewear, Vintage Necklace- bought on EBTH, Vintage Handbag- thrifted.)

** Photos of me by Brandy G. (Thank you lady!) **

Last night, I attended the launch party of a new addition to Houston’s art scene in Eado- the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall (and partial sidewalk). The wall is located at Headquarters (opening soon)- at 3302 Canal Street, you CAN’T miss it!

In case you didn’t know- Sugar & Cloth is a highly-regarded DIY/lifestyle blog by Ashley Rose, that is based in Houston, TX. I am really excited that she brought this fab color wall to the city, so that people can capture memories with friends and family. The party last night did just that… I saw families, mothers and daughters, bloggers, artists and photographers- take unique and fun photos, and just enjoying being in the moment. Of course, no party can be without a DJ and the peeps at Deep Eddy Vodka. Treats and bites were on-hand from local food trucks- El Tiempo (yummers veggie torta) and Frosted Betty.

If you do venture over to the wall, be sure to tag your photos: #sugarandclothcolorwall

Sugar & Cloth Color Wall, Houston, art

Sally Bass Jewelry – Taking Wearable Art to the Next Level

Sally Bass Jewelry

On my recent trip to the antique shows in Round Top, TX, I was introduced to the amazingly talented Sally Bass of Sally Bass Jewelry. She was vending at the Arbor International Antiques and Interior Design Show, where I help out with social media sometimes.

When I stepped into the booth, I was literally “jaw-dropping” over every display. Jewelry created with chunky beading, bakelite, large found objects (including a vintage child’s tea set and a wooden elephant head)…let’s just say, my creative senses were going crazy with all the colorful visual stimulation! Sally and her granddaughter, Azuri were working the booth and were just a delight to chat with.

Sally was born and raised in East Africa and has also lived in the U.K. and Australia, before heading to California. It was in California that she fell in love with creating unique statement jewelry that she has been doing full-time for around 14 years now. She officially launched her brand about 15 years ago. She loves what she does and is grateful that it has been able to provide a living for her all those years.

Throughout the years, she has done a lot of traveling to find components. “Anything that I love, I buy, take home, and make something wonderful out of it.” With that thought in mind, she creates wearable art with a mixture of vintage, antique and contemporary mediums. “I marry different cultures and eras… I’m not a purist. If I like it and can make it work, that’s all that matters to me.” I admire how Sally thinks out of the box when it comes to not adhering to the ‘industry standard.’ “I don’t think you can box in creativity.”

Sally has an immense passion for Bakelite. She’ll take it to carvers in Indonesia and have the carve an antler or whatnot and have it set in sterling, then brings it back to be sold. So, along with working with timeless Bakelite, she also has a penchant for finding small unique antiquities, such as 18th Century mother-of-pearl gaming pieces that were hand-carved and etched in Hong Kong for the British. But Sally doesn’t really care what it is, as long as she loves it. “I can pick up a piece of driftwood that I think has great shape and take it home and use it.”

Sally now calls Tucson, AZ home, as she feels like it’s an artistic and gentle place to be. She says she wants to step back and not be on the road so much; instead focusing more on optimizing her website and Facebook.

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