The mighty Lucky Dip Club and its riotous dedication to kitsch fun times and colour pop invited us to contribute to their July Lucky Dip Box with a All the Fun of the Fair theme and how could we refuse??? We put in a cute little Carousel Horse necklace which galloped its way in with Telegramme Paper company and the super cool Girl Planet mag for the *lucky* subscribers. (Thanks for the pic via @geo_heaven)
We got a little feature in Girl Planet, all about a day at the office for the EE crew, written by our founder and girl-boss Lucy. In case you missed it, here's how it pans out....
"A steaming cup of coffee sets us up for the day as our small team discusses the day ahead. (This is our chief maker Sarah)"
"The girls start printing off orders while I research trends and fun new products.'
"I deal with customer emails and order new pieces while the girls make jewellery and pack orders."
"Time for lunch! And cat videos on Youtube (for Inspirational purposes of course!)"
"The lighting at this time of day is perfect for photographing new products and social media shots."
"Quick meeting with our PR Bod Becky about up and coming ideas and marketing...then it's home time!"
So this week's EE HAPPY makes us extra happy because it is in the current issue of Mollie Makes magazine. Yippee! We went with our cosmic instincts and created a phases of the moon lino block print which made us feel like we were back at school, in a good way. And also some super easy (but 70s referencing) string art constellations. Make sure you and check it all out in the magazine for the full tutorial, step by step!
You know we have a lot of love for the vintage; the genuine stuff which is worn-just-a-touch around the edges, suggesting a history and a story of its own. These delightful wish boxes arrived at the studio today and aren't they just gorgeous? Warmed over time to a perfect golden brass patina, they have sweet little hinges and open to reveal a space large enough to hold a small memento of a memory. Expect to see them on the website very soon!
For now, have a peruse through our vintage aisles here.
Have you seen our newest arrival on the website, BE STILL? It's a pretty'un.
Featuring a super sweet little heart locket finished with a 1940s guilloche heart, it's perfect for keeping your precious keepsakes close. Romantic at heart? This is for you. Made entirely from vintage components, it truly is a necklace with a story to tell.
But what exactly is 'guilloche' and what makes it so special? Let's take a closer look at this heart locket to get a better idea of what we're talking about here....
See those swirling patterns on the metal work? The engine turning process by which this effect is applied is called 'guilloche' - which is the French word for engine turning. And in case you're wondering, it's pronounced 'gee-oh-shay'. So there you go, try dropping that word into conversation! It's not a process exclusively used in jewellery work (you can find examples in architecture and try looking on bank notes!) but you can find some pretty amazing examples on old vintage jewellery and time pieces. Carl Faberge was quite the fan and used the technique in many of his creations.
These heart cabochons have been over painted with delicate flowers - whilst the designs are popular in pieces from around the 1940s and 50s, it's only true guilloche if the guilloche pattern can be seen. Sadly, the machines used to create guilloche (called 'rose engines') are no longer manufactured and so the art has been largely lost and the charms are harder to come by. Keep your peepers peeled as we try to include these rarities whenever we come across them on our travels and for now, go have a closer look at Be Still! We're pretty sure it'll make the most perfect gift for any one who loves a love story.
We are really really feelin' two incredible styled shoots by Norwich based photographer Rekha Garton.
Firstly, OH EM GEE! Look at this crazy cool shoot she put together for a fashion feature for lifestyle mag The Resident, which has been featured on the cover no less. This sets the bar!! It's all wildlife and woodland weirdness inspired and has our insect motif pieces, Bringing the Honey Home and When The Time is Right Cicada, as well as gold eggs and a nest; did you hear that, GOLD EGGS AND A NEST. Girl has fantastical ideas, sparked by her quirksome awesome brain and has made them a reality. (Model: Claire Gasking, MUA: Wendy England)
Secondly, look at this recent free spirited gypsy girl styled shoot! Remember our 'This Summer we will be dressing like Almost Famous post' well this has heavy overtones of that, and we're WAAAY into it. It looks totally Americana-tastic but this is cornfield in Norfolk . It shows she totally knew the look she wanted to create and used her imagination of how to get it - Girl has serious vision. LOVE IT! She has used both our Wayfarer gemstone necklace and Spread Your Wings feather necklace. Beauty.
It also shows off some of Rekha's pieces she has available from her new venture The Prop Shop as well, a new hire service of cool clothes and props for shoots and beyond. Having chatted to Rekha about her love of quirly curios, trailing vintage fairs, car boots and odd sites online which have led her to get regular weird parcles in the post (including various real skulls!) we are thinking this is a gonna be one cool Prop Shop!
I think it's safe to safe we just, basically love her.
So everyone knows that EE makes jewellery with stories to tell. From the name of the piece through to the components, we aim to give every item of jewellery we create a tale of its very own. With this in mind, we spend hours searching for unique and rare vintage treasures - the kind that show hints of their age. We reckon if they could talk, they would tell the most fascinating secrets.
Our latest delivery included these incredible glass Opal stones; completely untouched since they were wrapped up waaaaaay back in the 1940s. Hailing from Austria, they've found their way into our Perfect Alignment solar system necklace. Aren't they're beauties?
Pick up your own Perfect Alignment necklace right here!
Most of you will already have seen the amazing illustration of Boo Hamilton-Frost. This mega awesome babe illustrated our SS14 MUSE range. You probably remember the pics; stunning re-imaginings of famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings such as the famous Ophelia, above. For a recap, visit our look book here.
Well one sunny afternoon we had had a chat and a cuppa, and asked some of those all important questions. Take it away, Boo!
EE- So Boo, how did you choose your business name?
Boo- One day I just sat down with my Mum and had a session of trying to come up with a name; nothing seemed to fit, then ‘Trulyboo’ emerged and just felt ‘right’.
EE- We love your updated modern take on the Pre Raphaelite paintings but we'd really love to know which is your favourite period in Art History?
Boo- I love all the Masters! So I would say the Renaissance. I just love all the detail.For some reason Equestrian portraiture has always been really appealing - I particularly like these two paintings of Charles I by Anthony van Dyck. These always stand out in my mind when I think about it (probably something to do with my childhood horse obsession aha!) I’m always more interested in the horses themselves, the attention to detail on their faces and tack than I am for the actual riders/kings themselves.
EE- So many art styles, such little time! If you had to choose between the following, which art style would you go for? Surrealist, Cubist, Pre Raphaelite or Modern?
Boo- Pre Raphaelite! The paintings are so dreamy and Goddess like. The ‘Stunners’ are just so womanly!
EE- What is your favourite theme to draw?
Boo-I really like drawing beautiful women especially tattooed ladies. Recently I have been enjoying drawing leaves and grasses, been really feeling the nature vibe!
EE- What was your most recent purchase?
Boo- It has been the spending of an Artist. Posca pens and three cans of spaghetti hoops for a £1 (bargain!).
EE- What are you currently enjoying reading?
Boo- I currently have an amazing book by Rob Ryan which I find inspirational! I have a neat little pile of amazing books on other artists and about found objects, which I just love going through.
EE- When you were a little girl what did you want to be?
Boo- When I was growing up I lived in Spain. I remember going to my Mum one day and saying “Mum, I’m going to marry a goat herder!” I so wanted to be a goat herders wife. I remember seeing the goats being herded in dry river beds and watching mother goats dropping their babies (giving birth) and just carrying on with them. Love Goats, the Spanish men were quite dishy too.
EE- What is your ideal lifestyle? What do you want in life?
Boo- Oh I would love to meet a beardy man, preferably in a supermarket, cause that how it happens in my dreams. We would live together in a flat, of course in Norwich! There would be 3 cats and I would be self employed selling my Art! Kind of like Gemma Correll (EE- the illustrating Queen of puns.)
EE- What are you enjoying at the moment?
Boo- I am enjoying Life! I love being creative and I am really enjoying the ‘I Make Fun Stuff’ shop in Ipswich (EE- Unit 17, Tower Ramparts, Ipswich. A totally amazing place to buy amazing handmade gifts and a big ol’ table in the middle to work on! Check them out on Facebook and say hi!)
EE- What tops your 'likes' list?
Boo- My Mum! (aww!), Cats, Glitter, Charity shops, Horses, Postcards and Dancing- I went dancing with my Mum when I was little. Oh and Beardy boys (EE- that’s a given isn’t it?)
EE- We love sharing positive thoughts over on our Instagram. Fancy sharing a couple of your favourite sayings?
Boo- ‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’ and ‘One man’s trash is another mans treasure’.
And now probably the most important question!
EE- Now whilst we have been having our cuppa, the zombie apocalypse has happened. Like right now! What are you going to do?
Boo- Hook up with Daryl from the Walking Dead, because he is bad ass (and available at all times). We get hold of a sword and find a big mansion. Camp out there and wait for the Zombies to go by.
EE- Good plan! Obviously I am pleased to say to everyone that the Zombie Apocalypse has not happened and we are all fine. Daryl (Norman Reedus) can still come over of course, if he so wishes, and keep all the ladies in Norwich safe, that’s fine.
Twelve questions answered by a totally wonderful lady! Thank you Boo for sharing a bit about yourself with us!
We hope you loved our anti gravity funs as much as we did. From the original idea through to product development (that anti gravity took HOURS to discover) and the final photoshoot (thanks to the photographic skills of Rekha Garton and the super duper model looks of Ginger Koneko), this was a fantastic fusion of jewellery fun times and science, with added Abe the Science Dog. Here's a little look at some of the outtakes.
The regular non-gravity-defying version of this necklace will be available very soon. To be clear, this version will be conforming to Newtonian Laws (because them's the rules and we don't want any trouble) but on the upside, this will greatly reduce the risk of the degeneration of space and time in your immediate vicinity.
With huge thanks to:
Model: Ginger Koneko Photographer: Rekha Garton Anti Gravity handler: Murray Raff Puppy handler: Max Applin The Brains: Abe the Science Dog