Lizz Hill

Press Release: 3D Design Workshop

Brooklyn Designer and Tech Girlz Team to Offer 3D Jewelry Design Workshop To

Middle School Girls

BROOKYLN- Lizz Hill, a full-time 3D modeler for Coach Inc, and independent jewelry designer is teaming up with Tech Girlz, a Philadelphia based non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology-based occupations, to create a new workshop curriculum intended to give middle school girls a hands-on demo of 3D technology.

The collaboration between Ms. Hill and Tech Girlz began when the Brooklyn based designer contacted the organization, seeking a recipient for the donation of the partial proceeds from the sales of her Rosie Ring, a new jewelry piece inspired by Rosie the Riveter from the iconic ‘We Can Do It’ WW2 propaganda posters.

An initial conversation between Hill and Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder of Tech Girlz, revealed the organization’s need for a 3D tech based curriculum which focuses more on the modeling aspects rather than just the 3D printing output. This has long been a hurdle for educators looking to engage younger students in 3D technology as the learning curve has been incredibly high with existing, often costly, CAD softwares which often require months of dedicated training to gain user proficiency. The introduction of TinkerCAD allows students to begin modeling immediately, leveraging a library of preexisting and community generated shapes which make the modeling process immediately understandable and engaging.

The 3-hour workshop titled, “Intro to 3D Jewelry Design & 3D Manufacturing” will educate students around how 3D tech is used in  Fashion and related industries and will touch on how designers, like Hill, are increasingly leveraging the technology in place of the more investment-heavy manufacturing methods of larger design firms.

Hosted by NYU Tandon’s MakerSpace, the workshop will teach the basics of 3D modeling, using AutoDesk’s (free) TinkerCAD 3D modeling software to design a jewelry item. Students will learn both how to create a 3D model with TinkerCAD and also how 3D printing is being used to aid in the design and manufacturing process in the jewelry industry.

The inaugural workshop will be held on October 28th, 2017, in Brooklyn and will be offered to middle school girls.

To sign up, please visit TechGirlz.


The Rosie Ring, along with all of Hill’s other work is designed and
manufactured through the use of 3D printing technology and sold through
Shapeways.com, the leading marketplace for online 3D printing services.


About Your 3D Printed Jewelry

Here are some helpful tips to consider when ordering and caring for your 3D printed metal jewelry.


PLATED FINISHES VS. UNPLATED METAL

While Shapeways does offer plated finishes (14k, 18k, Rose Gold, etc) I don’t offer these as default options as the plating can wear off over time, revealing the polished brass base underneath. The default finishes I do offer are also very similar to the plated gold colors. See the below guide to selecting a metal color:

- Polished Brass- Has a lovely golden hue, similar to a 14k/18k gold

- Polished Silver- A vibrant pale silver hue, similar to sterling or white gold

- Polished Bronze- A pale, golden-pink hue, similar to rose gold but slightly                        more peachy than pink


CARING FOR YOUR JEWELRY

Over time and with extended wear, you can expect your jewelry to oxidize. Shapeways doesn’t add chemical lacquer after casting so you can expect your jewelry to age gracefully, a feature that many people love. If however, you prefer to keep your jewelry polished and pristine looking you can use jewelry cleaners and/or a polishing cloth from time to time. Here are two that I recommend:

Cape Cod Polishing Cloths- moist polishing cloths that clean, polish, and protect any type of metal.

Blitz 303 Metal Care Cloth-  a 100% cotton flannel (dry) cloth that is specially treated for the care, cleaning, and polishing of soft metal.

WARNING: If your piece has a stone or bones set into it, please be careful as these are often materials that are softer than metal and may be scratched by the abrasive nature of jewelry cleaners or polishing cloths.


FAQ ABOUT 3D PRINTED JEWELRY

Q: It appears you only sell ring sizes 6, 7 and 8 however I’m between sizes. Is it possible to have a ring a different size or a half-size?

A: Of course! By default, I only offer ring size 6, 7 and 8 on my site because these are the most common ring sizes. However, I’m always happy to add a half-size or a size outside of the 6-7-8 range at no additional charge. The only case where I may need to charge a little more is if the ring is MUCH larger; a size 13, for example, may increase the material consumption enough that I need to up the price a little but I will let you know
that upfront when you inquire about a different size. You may contact me here to request additional sizes.


Q: I’ve noticed that when I wear certain rings that it turns my skin green? Does this mean I’m allergic to the metal or that it’s defective?

A: Not at all, this is perfectly normal! Most people’s skin undergo a chemical reaction when exposed for long periods of time to copper and copper is a primary element in both brass and bronze metals and is actually what helps to give its golden color. The chemical reaction happens faster when moisture is introduced. The green color can be easily rubbed off or washed off with soap and water and will not stain your skin permanently.


Q: After some wear, I’ve noticed that my jewelry has a couple dark brown and green spots on it. Can I remove this?

A: This is part of the natural oxidation or “aging” process of metal. This occurs when the metal is exposed to air and moisture over time. To remove these spots, I recommend using the polishing cloth as mentioned in the above section. You can rub the cloth on these small areas to reduce/remove the spot. These are the types of oxidation/aging you can expect with each of the common metals I offer my products in: 

- Polished Brass- Deep green and dark brown spots will appear over time.

- Polished Silver- Charcoal colored tarnishing will appear over time.

- Polished Bronze- Dark brown spots will appear over time (sometimes green as well but it’s not as prominent as it is on brass.)


Q: I thought 3D printing was very fast. Why does it take more than a week before my order ships?

A: One of the greatest benefits of utilizing 3D printing is that designers can create designs much faster and without large MOQ’s (quantity minimums) and investment in costly molds, thereby reducing waste and allowing them to create highly unique and customizable designs as we don’t have to worry about having to make something that is mass-marketable. When you’re ordering from a retailer like Amazon, you’re ordering product that was made months ago and has been sitting in a warehouse, waiting to be purchased. When you order a 3D printed item, that part is being manufactured to order and in the cases of custom or customized designs, its being designed, 3D modeled and 3D printed, all in that 1-2 week window before you receive it. Sure, it’s not going to arrive overnight and we sure can’t compete with Amazon Prime in terms of speed but the beauty is that we don’t have to. We don’t have a warehouse full of inventory that we need to sell. The use of 3D printing has allowed independent designers to deal directly with their customers, creating products that are highly unique, which you won’t find on Amazon. 

In terms of how most of my designs are actually made, here is a little more about the manufacturing process itself. With the exception of a few pieces that I sell on my Toolry shop through Shapeways, most of my jewelry is made through a very old jewelry manufacturing process called lost-wax casting. Prior to the invention of 3D printing, hand jewelers used to carve wax by hand to create their designs. While this is still a common practice for some jewelers, many have replaced the hand carving process with 3D modeling. The 3D model can then be
printed in castable wax which is then sent through the same lost-wax casting process that has been utilized for decades. So, while your brass, bronze or silver piece of jewelry was created through 3D printing, the actual piece itself wasn’t 3D printed, it was cast in metal from a 3D printed wax model. 


Q: Are there any pieces on your site which ARE directly 3D printed?

A: Some of my larger pieces of jewelry, like the Vertebrae ring are made through direct 3D printing. Anything that is being offered in STEEL is 3D printed using a method where alternating thin layers of powdered steel and a binding agent are printed. The part is then baked in a furnace which burns out the binding agent and then liquid bronze is infiltrated into the part. This process results in an irregular, highly pitted (totally gorgeous), rough surface which is then polished by hand to satin sheen. Due to the very delicate nature of the 3D printed steel part before its baked and bronzed, I am only able to use this method for the heftier pieces that I do. However, this method is also more cost effective so I can create much larger pieces while still maintaining a reasonable price.

The linear texture is result of the alternating layers of steel and the binding agent during 3D printing.


Free 3D Software Review: Tinkercad

In recent weeks, I’ve had quite a few conversations around 3D software in education which brought to light the very real challenge that new 3D modelers face; choosing a software to begin learning how to 3D model. With an ever growing list of new software that is marketed towards the novice modeler there is a lot to choose from, yet jumping into a new software can be daunting.

Tinkercad is the first free software I’m demoing and reviewing. My attempt is to evaluate it, and others (as best I can) from the eyes of a beginner. I’m hoping that I can identify the pit falls a new user will stumble over so I can help to clarify. And as with professional 3D modeling software, its best to choose a software based on the type of items you plan to model so I will give the user a general sense of what types of models you can create with Tinkercad.


Interface & Learning

A nice immediate discovery with Tinkercad is that its browser-based so no need to worry about computer compatibility or program size. I’ll be curious to see how it continues to perform with larger, more complex models. 

Tinkercad, visually, is an exciting software. It has a clean, light interface and its not overwhelming with buttons or tools. The general layout feels very much like an Autodesk program; a program based on a traditional solid modeling engine like Solidworks or Fusion 360. This feels like an engineering software rather than a design software, also quite Autodesk-esque.

The brief tutorials, I feel, are key to allowing a new user to jump right in and feel they are engaging with the modeling software. The order they have chosen to teach navigation and then modeling functions seems ideal, though not fully explained.* In addition, it doesn’t seem that they walk the user through the interface navigation buttons along the left side of the interface, therefore I’ll explain them at the end of this post.**


The Base Modeling Engine

Tinkercad is, at its roots, is a solid modeling software. Its best used to create more geometric forms. A model is created by combining primitive, pre-existing 3D shapes (or “geometry”) which are either joined together as solids or used to cut holes. You can easily build clean, fairly intricate parts with a little patience and planning. This software would be good for jewelry, structures, housewares, toys or anything that can be made using existing blocks and geometric shapes. However, you won’t be able to create many organic or irregular shapes like you can with other sculpting based software which I will review later.

The library of primitives is pretty extensive without being overwhelming. Once you get comfortable doing some basic modeling, check out the Featured Shape Generators menu which can create some unusual but useful irregular shapes with a lot of parametric controls (meaning you can use a slider to control features of the shape like diameter, height, number of instances/copies, etc.) The Community Shape Generators unlock a lot more advanced primitive shapes to use when modeling and are definitely worth scrolling through, though warning, they take a bit to load.

The one major drawback of this software, which may be a common thread among free softwares, aimed at beginners, is the lack of ability to create truly unique shapes using curves or sketches. Everything you model must start from a pre-existing primitive shape so you are limited to what you can piece together rather than create from scratch. For example, if you are making a pendant and you have a logo that you created for your company, you have only one font option (plus a few more in the Shape Generators section.) This is definitely not an immediate problem and is what prevents Tinkercad from being a heavier, more complex software to learn, it just shortens the overall life-span of the software as any new user will quickly grow out of this software once they are generally comfortable navigating 3D space and have mastered their understanding of basic modeling.

Once you’ve created a model, it’s easily set up for prototyping so you can export and upload your model (.stl file format) into any of the numerous online 3D printing services, such a Shapeways.comI.Materialise or Sculpteo.


Summary

Overall, this seems to be a solid and fairly easy to learn modeling software with a few drawbacks, as listed above.  I definitely recommend jumping right into the tutorials and completing them as they really are seemingly the fastest way to learn how to navigate in 3D space, especially if this is your first time using a 3D modeling software.


Additional Tips & Technical Guidance

Below are the call-outs I mentioned above as well as additional highlighted software features:

* For navigating and moving around the interface, right-click hold-drag rotates the workplane however they don’t mention that holding shift at the same time “pans” the workplane from side to side. 

** Explanation for left menu navigation buttons.

Keeping with navigational buttons which would warrant an explanation, there is a tool worth mentioning called Align (L). When you select TWO pieces of geometry and click Align, a bounding box appears around each item, taking the form of black lines and points or “vertices”. If you click on one point and then click on another point, it aligns the objects so they have a mutual side. It’s a bit clumsy as a tool, and takes a little time to get used to though will have moments where it is incredibly helpful.

Be sure to check out the Edit Grid menu button in the lower right corner of the interface. The default increments are millimeters (another way you know Tinkercad was made by engineers.) 



Embracing Yonsei

No matter what your political position was in 2016, I think we can all agree that last year’s political race struck a nerve in most of us. For many, race and equality was a fueled topic of discussion and I noticed many of my friends sharing their family’s experiences as immigrants and what it means to be the child or grandchild of an immigrant. This got me to thinking about my own family’s lineage, having a Caucasian father and a Japanese mother. 

I had the luxury of growing up as a purely American citizen, in a primarily white neighborhood, going to primarily white schools. Growing up on the West Coast, I was around many Asian people however wasn’t obviously identified as Asian myself so ended up feeling more like a Caucasian-American than a Japanese-American. 

During last year’s Presidential race, I found myself feeling thoroughly under-educated around my own family’s immigrant past, specifically on my mother’s side. Aside from the rice cooker’s place at our nightly dinner table and our family’s tradition of making sushi for major holiday gathering’s I really had no reference for what it means to be Japanese; no understanding of my grandparent’s experiences as a Japanese person, living in the United States. 

To further add to my embarrassment, I knew that my grandparents, being Nisei (2nd generation) had been sent to internment camps with their Issei parents by the Executive Order 9066, signed by FDR, during WWII, yet I had never heard a story of their time in the camps. I had never asked. And it was never talked about in our family.

I’ve since begun reading about their life during those years; a time spent, locked away from the rest of their country and its people. I’m trying to take advantage of the fact that both of my Nisei grandparents are alive and excited about this thing called “email” and I’m trying to educate myself about Japanese culture, something that for my entire life, has been as beautifully foreign as any other culture that I never grew up in, never witnessed first hand; never embraced. I’m trying to correct my first few decades by dedicating my remaining ones to understanding a people that exist across the world from me but who’s traits are my traits, who’s faces look like my Sansei mother’s face. I’m embracing and learning what it means to call myself Yonsei.


Photo by Jason Wiker.


Photo-Shoot Sunday

Sunday’s have turned into a creative out-pouring that has taken form of the photo-shoot. This one has been a long time in the planning. We had wanted to do a shoot which felt like a painting. So, after a little refresher in my art history references, we had our date chosen, our prop list jotted down and my good friend, Ashley and her friend, Amanda, with a plan for hair and makeup.

It all came together beautifully, if not for some clever use of space and lot of prep working involving the moving of every piece of furniture in your apartment, turned photo-studio. In the end, the light was just right and some of the fruit had just started to turn, in that good, old-world kind of way.


Photo by Jason Wiker. 

Hair and makeup by Ashley Turek.



Shapeways: Designer Spotlight Interview

Designer Spotlight: Lizz Hill — Toolry

Posted by Lise Keeney  

February 1, 2017 

One of my favorite thing about Shapeways designers is that their work is sometimes very “meta.” A perfect example is the work of Lizz Hill, the Brooklyn-based designer behind Toolry. Combining complex artistry with the expanded design possibilities of digital manufacturing, she creates products that take a lighthearted look at the tools behind the design process. It makes sense, considering how immersed in the design process she is: By day, she’s a hardware and jewelry 3D modeler for a major NYC fashion accessories company, and her spare time is filled with embroidery, soapmaking, origami, painting, and of course, Toolry.

In your shop description, you say, “These statement pieces are meant to engage you and poke fun at their counterparts.” Which pieces in particular capture this spirit?

The first personal pieces I had made for myself were based on tools, hence “Toolry“! I loved the idea of taking something that has a specific use, like a wrench or a caliper, taking away its function and purpose, and wearing it as jewelry. The Calipers Pendant was the first tool that I modeled for myself. I use digital calipers for work, modeling hardware and jewelry, so I’ve always been very intrigued by the original, fully manual calipers that preceded their modern, digital counterpart. I love to find the beauty in utility.

What was the inspiration behind the Troubled Waters trio?

I’ve recently taken up embroidery as a hobby, and one of my more ambitious projects was embroidering a pair of Converse sneakers. I’ve always been very intrigued by old sailor tattoos and iconography and had chosen this theme for my sneakers. As I was designing my embroidery layout I realized that the theme would lend itself very well to some small icon rings. I had also been seeing more and more midi rings worn by the women of NYC so decided to model a trio that would mirror the imagery of my Troubled Waters Converse.

Your tooth cufflinks and ring were modeled based on real human teeth. How did that come about?

I’ve always been quite fascinated by the morbid things that make most people cringe. I have a collection of bones, antlers, teeth and animal horns that show up in various ways in my apartment: on the wall, on necklaces and as succulent planters! My husband recently found his wisdom teeth which he had kept after their removal, and gave them to me as a gift. I joked with him that in place of my sapphire engagement ring, that I would instead set his tooth into a ring setting and wear that instead. That imagery stuck in my head for awhile, and I finally gave in and modeled one of the teeth and set it into a ring for myself and a pair of cufflinks for him.

Tell me about the teddy bear ring and pendant.

Ha! These are my favorite! The Teddy Bear Pendant was another one that followed an embroidery piece. Like my jewelry, my embroidery is all about taking themes and icons and turning them upside down. The teddy bear embroidery was about taking something sweet and traditional and adding a disturbing twist. I have the piece framed on my bathroom wall but loved the bear so much that I wanted to create a piece that I could wear. The Teddy Bear with Turnkey Ring was the second piece I created using my bear and I have at least one more version of the bear that I’ll be posting soon.

Can you share a little more about your inspirations or design process?

My entire career thus far has been about taking hardware designs and ensuring they are functional, affordable, and mass-producible, aside from just being aesthetically pleasing. I’ve seen so many ideas quieted or cast aside because they couldn’t be made within those parameters. Now, thanks to Shapeways and other emerging vertical manufacturers utilizing 3D printing as part of their manufacturing process, the range of product that is available to the end consumer has begun to expand rapidly. As a designer and a product developer, I have fewer limitations on what I can make and offer to my customers because minimums, manufacturing limitations, and capital investment are no longer major hurdles for me. I have so much more creative freedom, and that drives me to act on the ideas that may have been riskier or impossible in the past.

What are you waiting for? Go check out Lizz’s brilliant designs at Toolry!


Dirty Bunnies Ring

A friend of mine, inquired about this unexpected yet sweet little ring design for the lady in his life. He told me he had already gifted her a Kate Spade pavé bunny cocktail ring but was really wanting a “dirty bunny” ring for her. I of course immediately wanted this mythical ring for myself. Fortunately, he allowed me to add this to my Shapeways shop which I’m extremely thankful for, not only because I can have one of my own, but also because he’s saving me from a very awkward attempt to explain to some of my more perv-minded friends why I made a Dirty Bunnies ring and they don’t get one.

In all seriousness though, this is one of those things about 3D printing that I’ll never get over: how cool is it that you can have an idea whispered in your ear and then be wearing it less than two weeks later. 

Answer? VERY cool.


NYU Tandon’s Empower Hour: ‘3D Tech & Consumerism’

On Thursday afternoon, I had the opportunity to give my presentation, ‘3D Technology & Consumerism: Shaping the Face of Fashion’ at NYU Tandon’s new Makerspace in Downtown Brooklyn. 

The event was well attended and I had the opportunity to speak to many young and excited engineering students about how 3D is used in fashion and related industries. I was absolutely blown away by their enthusiasm, questions and interest in how to pursue a creative and technical roll based in 3D technology. 

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About ‘3D Technology & Consumerism: Shaping the Face of Fashion’

The symbiotic relationship between the (taste) Maker and the Consumer has long been a complicated one, though few will argue that the consumer’s interests and motivation has always been at the root of what drives trends in fashion. And while the fashion industry has taken many different routes to deliver product to the hands of their customer, the methods they have used to create that product speak to a long history of tradition and craftsmanship.

The fashion industry has always been slow to adopt new and emerging technologies. However, with the recent and tremendous growth of the consumer’s awareness and increasing interest in 3D technology, the industry is quickly reaching a tipping point. ‘3D Technology & Consumerism; Shaping The Face of Fashion’ looks at how the fashion industry is beginning to make its shift towards 3D and why the consumer is at the heart of this movement.


Presentation Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

For inquiries about booking this talk for your event, please contact me at lizzhill@gmail.com.


The Red Country

Two days after the unthinkable happened, Jason and set off for a weekend trip down to Virginia, to visit his parents. We had previously planned to do a photo shoot for Jason’s upcoming photography exhibit; had our concept planned and my red, feather-cuffed gown had arrived just days before we left.

I could not help but feel the irony of leaving my safe, albeit fearful, blue state of NY to venture deep into the rural areas of Virginia where the sprawling marshes are traversed with gravel roads and election signs, shouting, “Make America Great Again.”

With a 20-minute window and a perfect sunset before us, we worked quietly and swiftly, pausing only at the sound of tires on rugged pavement and peppered gunshots in the distance. Once the sun finally slipped beyond the horizon, we packed up and rushed home, hoping not to disturb the red country any further.

(Photo by Jason Wiker)


A Sunday in Hudson, NY

My husband and I decided to skip the usual Halloween festivities and spent a weekend upstate, with the first night being in Rhinecliff and the second evening spent in our favorite town, Hudson, New York.

We stayed at the Rivertown Lodge which is simply a place where you want to spend time. Its attention to detail from the brass pipes down to the door knobs are designed and made locally and by someone who has dedicated their life to their craft.

My husband was breaking in a new lens and we were taking advantage of the overcast skies, borrowed from NYC. We wandered up and down Warren Street until the rain finally caught up to us. We ducked inside just in time for check-in and a 3pm cocktail in the living room. After settling into our room we got ourselves freshened up and headed to the restaurant (without a name, or a yelp listing) behind the lobby. A dimly lit tavern welcomed us, as did the smell of bacon and something sweet; we sat down and ordered drinks.

Dinner was decadent. The wine was juicy. The flour-less chocolate cake was, well, chocolate fucking cake.

By the end of the weekend the tally of delicious food had grown but we had stopped counting long before Saturday afternoon. By Monday evening, we were just full, relaxed and happy. 

More weekends like those, please.

(Photo by Jason Wiker)


Shapeways Feature: Holiday Gift Guide


I was so thrilled today when I received word from Shapeways that my Caliper’s Pendant is being featured on their Holiday Gift Guide! 

This is especially meaningful as the Caliper’s Pendant was my first piece that I ever had made for myself through Shapeways and was really what jump started my own exploration of my personal design sense. From this piece, came my Shapeways shop name, Toolry. This item remains a best seller for me, giving me hope that there are other weirdo’s out there that love re-purposing the familiar in their own clever ways.


The Painted Forest, Montreal

Last weekend, Jason and I spent three nights in Montreal, one of our absolutely loved cities in the world. That means this weekend has been a frenzy of photo editing. 

We had just enough time before dinner, one night, to stroll leisurely along Duluth Street where the cross streets are alternately spaced with alley ways which are impossibly beautiful; the fall, sunset light streaming through the trees. Many of the alleys, like the streets themselves are painted with murals. I came across this one and Jason snapped this shot. I love this photo so much. 

(Photo by Jason Wiker)


Hand Embroidery: Still Life

I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery lately and after my last piece I hit a bit of a creative wall so decided to just work on something pretty to keep my hands busy until the next inspiration spike. Being obsessed with all things floral makes it easy to find something pretty hanging around so I referenced this spring bouquet photo I had arranged earlier this year and used it as my still life.

As it turns out, pretty is pretty, but pretty is boring. 


A Sunday At The William-Vale, Brooklyn

My husband had the wonderful idea to spend Sunday before Labor Day at the newly opened, William-Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. Even though it’s only a ten-minute drive from our apartment, it was wonderful getting away. He suggested we do a photo shoot while we were there and after a slightly late breakfast we hurried down to the room, quickly changed, grabbed the camera and ran to the roof to take advantage of the overcast sky.

(Photo by Jason Wiker)


Hand Embroidery: Troubled Waters Converse

As it turns out, you can only frame and hang so many embroidery pieces in your apartment before you start to look like a crazy spinster so I’m trying to find other items to embroider that are more wearable. I was in need of a new pair of converse so decided to try embroidering on them. Five Aleves and a sprained thumb later and I have a great new pair of custom converse. 

I wanted to make a pair that were friends (rather than twins) and wanted to do something that felt like old-school, Sailor Jerry tattoos. I recently had some ring models 3D printed and cast in brass, through Shapeways, that I call my Troubled Waters Ring Trio and felt the theme would translate well on my sneakers. 


Hand Embroidery: Say Anything Stormtrooper

Continuing with the theme of embroidered “mash-ups”; here is my Say Anything Stormtrooper embroidery piece. I love the idea of taking iconic images, keeping their meaning but shifting the subject matter. In this case, I wanted to replace the somewhat subservient role of “Lloyd”, and the Stormtrooper felt like a fitting comic relief. This piece also gave me a chance to play with different methods of adding texture and detailing on a broadly one-color piece through strategic stitch direction and varying yarn gauge. 



Summer Wilds

During my first Summer break after my freshman year in college I got my floral design certification and ended up putting it to use in the following years, working part-time at a flower shop in Brooklyn while I earned my degrees. While those days are long behind me, I am grateful to have been taught the science of constructing a hand-tied or vase, mixed-flower bouquet and find it one of my most utilized skills from my days in school. Large, fancy, floral foam-based arrangements are impressive and crucial for big events or memorial pieces but the seemingly simple act of putting together a lower-priced table arrangement from your farmer’s market finds is one that I rely on far more heavily in my post-floral professional life.


Hand Embroidery: Moon Landing

For my latest embroidery piece, I wanted to incorporate my love of space and my love of Legos with this depiction of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. I decided to stick with the iconic phrase rather than the recently clarified, “one small step for a man…”

I’ve seen so many wonderful embroidery pieces and they tend to be on light or white base fabrics but I’m really loving how the black base pops the colors. Now to tackle how to best capture a supernova with embroidery floss.


Hand Embroidery: Tropical J.Crew Bandanna

I celebrated my belated birthday in Atlanta where I met up with my family for the weekend. My mom and I love keeping up with our tradition of little shopping trips for my birthday and we had a chance to visit the Ponce City Market where I found this tropical print bandanna from J.Crew. On my flight home, I realized I needed an embroidery project so went to work on embroidering over one of the printed flowers. I love how it adds another level of texture and depth to an already gorgeous piece!


Hand Embroidery: Summer Scoops

At the turn of summer, I always hear from my female-loving friends that they are always taken aback by that first week of warm weather when the Women of NYC break out their airy dresses and rompers. They describe the feeling of being bombarded by the sight of skin after many months of it being buried under layers of quilted coats and fuzzy sweaters; I liken their excitement to the feeling I got as a child when the ice cream trucks would start making the rounds. 


Hand Embroidery: Entropy Teddy

Last weekend I decided, on a whim, to take an embroidery class and found a great one through Brooklyn Brainery. I had simultaneously been working on a 3D model of this imagery of a teddy bear with a hole in his stomach (which will ultimately be turned into a pendant.) However, I figured I could use that same idea for my second embroidery project as an exercise in yarn blending and texturing and am very happy with the results!


Shapeways Finds: By The Bay

I’m spending my first Summer vacation weekend in Virginia on the Perrin river which connects to the Chesapeake Bay. Normally, when we are here, we do some sailing however due to some bad weather, my father-in-law is stuck on a boat far from here so we are spending our days, thrift shopping, cooking and enjoying the view of the bay from a distance. So, I figured, if I can’t get myself to the bay, I’ll bring the bay to me. And, it just so happens that my new Troubled Waters Icon ring trio arrived just as we were leaving to catch our train so I had some authentic scenery for some product shots!

#1 - Mermaid Door Knocker by Sevhead_3D

#2 - Queen Conch Pendant by Inceptance

#3 - Sea Anemone Collar by Tricksee

#4 - Sextant Pendant by piratelegs

#5 - Small Octopus Vial Pendant by MichaelMueller

#6 - Shark Tooth Cocktail Vial Pendant by bLuGrn_design

#7 - Viper Fish Pendant by Gratz

#8 - Anchor Icon Ring by Lizz_Hill

#9 - Ascilla Earrings by Ontogenie

#10 - Sea Shell Ring by SheSellsSeaShells


Shapeways Finds: My Loves

June is my birthday month and that means just one thing, I’m posting the stuff that I’m currently obsessed with! No theme, no reasons; this is simply work that I love for its beauty, simplicity, or cleverness. 

#1 - Hand Pedant by GemmaGreenHope

#2 - Cherry Necklace by kasiawisniewski

#3 - Legend of Zelta: Pixel Heart Tie Clip by Mught

#4 - Skull Charm by Reckless_Child_Ink

#5 - Nº02 Double Rabbit Ring by arturdabrowski

#6 - Pixel Pendant by LucasPlus

#7 - Broken Arrow by kasiawisniewski

#8 - Chalcosoma Double Ring by Erintrk

#9 - Succulent Stacking Ring No.2 by kasiawisniewski

#10 - Miniature Pitch Fork for the End of a Pencil by TrishaBelly


Icon Ring Series

I’ve been seeing pinky and midi rings on the stylish ladies of Brooklyn lately and its caused me to asses my own jewelry box. I noticed that while I have loads of over-sized, statement pieces for my fingers, I have nothing dainty and delicate to wear on my smaller digits! 

Fortunately, I have JUST the tools to fix this little conundrum and was able to squeeze in a few free hours this weekend to create a series of sweetly simple, icon rings, perfect to wear on their own or one (or two!) on each finger. I kicked off my own collection by ordering the Troubled Waters Trio.


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