February 16, 2014
>>>III<<< Heritage wedding rings
A lovely couple asked me to make their wedding rings. After discussing a number of options, they loved my suggestion of using the gold from the wedding ring of the bride’s father to make a contrast feature. The moment of melting the old gold ring was poignant, but the joy of incorporating a piece of such personal history into the new rings was exquisite.
December 22, 2013
>>>III<<< Latvian Artisan Workshops
The inaugural Latvian Artisan Workshops run over two days at Latvian House in Melbourne were a huge success. I'm proud to have been a driving force in creating this community event, along with a growing team of Aussie Latvian artisans. It was just fabulous to see so many people of such a wide age range come and try Latvian crafts. The jewellery workshop was full to the brim, and I'm exhausted from hauling half my studio tools to the event, but it was so worth it!
December 30, 2013
>>>III<<< Next market November 17!
I’m already getting heaps of orders for Christmas and school graduations. Think ahead, please, to give me time to make things. I will have a stall at Latvian House Melbourne, on November 17th (for the Latvian Independence Day celebrations).
November 1, 2013
>>>III<<< New 7 day rings!
I finished my new range of 7 day rings for the Baltic Festival and they went like hot cakes!!! They look just fabulous. They are show stoppers: heavy with silver and meaning. A unique symbol isdeeply etched into each side of the tassels. I spent ages researching the symbols and making my own versions of the designs. My rings are, of course, made from quality materials and made to last. Earrings of different lengths to match. Fabulous! So proud!
October 15, 2013
>>>III<<< New 7 day ring range.
I know some of you are keenly waiting for new stock of my bronze tasseled 7 day ring. But my kiln issues have not yet been resolved, so there are none of those in the pipe line at the moment. However, I'm very happy to let you know that I'm working on a fabulous new 7 day ring design. This time with Latvian symbols. I love delving into Lativan symbology and I've chosen the 7 strongest symbols for women for the range. I'm still in the design phase with heaps of sketches littering my life.
August 8, 2013
>>>III<<< Exhibition a huge success!
People raved about it! A fabulous long and hot weekend. Here's me at the gates of Latvian House in Elwood, greeting the Multicultural Affairs Minister Nicholas Kotsiras with two of the great young people who volunteered to help with the exhibition opening.
And this is my vibrant octogenerian Godmother with one of her lamps at the exhibition with the works of other Latvian artisans.
March 14, 2013
>>>III<<< No Fine Design Market in Doncaster for March and April.
Please note, my wonderful regulars, that Vasara Jewellery will not be going to the Fine Design Market in March and April. Conflicting responsibilities see below.
>>>III<<< Huge Latvian Crafts Exhibition March 9 – 11, 2013
Latvian House, 3 Dickins Street Elwood.
Sat 9th 11- 6pm
Sun 10th 11 – 6pm
Mon 11th 11 – 3pm
I'm honoured to be part of the organising committee for this mega, one-off exhibition and sale of vintage Latvian ceramics, weaving, woodwork, leatherwork, glass, jewellery and embroidery. The core of the exhibition are from the Sergejs and Lidija and Beklešovs legacy, donated by their daughter Ināra Taylor. The Beklešovi were super active Aussie Latvian artisans whose talent and energy reached across the world. The exhibition will feature several hundred pieces which were created mainly in Australia between the 1950s and the 1990s, with some contemporary exhibits as well.
Profits from the exhibition will be donated to the AZVV Latvian Summer High School (run near Adelaide in January for Aussie Latvian kids) to enable future generations to learn the folk art skills, which are such an integral part of Latvian cultural identity.
The exhibition will be opened by the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras and it will run for the long weekend of March 9-11, 2013. Please come along and bring your friends. You wont see art like this anywhere else. You can't buy art like this anymore.
I’m helping with the event and will be there (with my jewellery) all long weekend. Do drop by and bring your friends.
>>>III<<< The wonders of the internet.
I just found this image and article on the web. I don’t know who wrote it and who took the pic of my jewellery, but it’s true: my daughter and I sell our handmade work at the local market called the Fine Design Market in Doncaster, Melbourne. It’s on the second Sunday of each month.
Posted January 14, 2013
>>>III<<< Keynote speaker, 54th Latvian Culture Festival in Adelaide 2012
I was honoured to be invited as the speaker at the 54th Latvian Culture Festival in Adelaide. My talk was called “Latvian Jewellery and its Symbolism”, and it featured 170 referenced images! As I prepared to speak about the rich, unique and, frankly, amazing Latvian jewellery I was nervous, particularly as I saw many important Latvian Aussie dignitaries taking their seats. As usual, I thought to myself “If I can do this, I can do anything”: the mantra took its calming affect and it worked well!