In Honor of Casual Friday

PSA: Jewels are not just for black tie events

 

It’s no secret that I love creating major pieces of jewellery. The bigger, the more ornate, the more colourful, the better! The most common misconception about my collection is that these major pieces must be saved for equally major events. Anyone who knows me, however, has seen that if I love a piece of jewellery, absolutely nothing will stop me from wearing it. Lounging by the pool, out for a summer stroll, watering the garden…  if you ask me, these are all occasions to feel and look your best in something you love. 

 

Life is short. Enjoy your jewels!

Trip to Thailand

I love New York. I’ve lived here since I was in high school, and consider myself to be a New Yorker through and through. And yet when I was in Thailand last week, I absolutely felt as though I belonged there.  Everything was so beautifully and brightly colored (and if you’ve ever seen me or any of my jewelry you know how I feel about color!). The fragrant scent of jasmine was everywhere, and all the people I met were incredibly kind and friendly. I finally understand why the country is known as the Land of Smiles! The two weeks I spent there with my family was pure perfection, with equal amounts of relaxation and adventure. 

The Window

A few weeks ago, we had another interesting visit here at the studio... and this time, you can read about it on The Window. Benjamin Jackson and Rick Barroso from Barneys stopped by to chat and photograph my daughter Alexandra's art gallery as well as my studio. We covered music, art, food and my slightly bizarre taste in furniture. Take a peek at their interview and their beautiful photos on The Window! Here is what you didn’t see in the interview: Rick lying on the ground, unable to get his shot because we kept making him laugh; the feast of fresh vegetables we consumed mid-interview; the unknown man off the street who decided that this was the best day to walk into the gallery and yell at Alexandra about his opinions on art!

SUS gallery is currently showcasing captivating photos from prominent food Instagram accounts.The exhibition, Bytes, will run through July 24th.

Turquoise Mountain

My studio is quite a private place.  I draw, I paint, I listen to music and I design all my jewelry… this is where I spend the majority of my time.  Each person I invite into my space is here because they are special to me, and I want them to experience the joy that I feel each day.

Earlier this week, one of those very special studio guests was Saeeda Etebari, a young Afghani artisan to whom I was introduced through a wonderful organization called Turquoise Mountain. Saeeda is a very talented jeweller and designer- having learned these crafts at the Turquoise Mountain school in Kabul. She was invited to the US to view her final finished pieces  which were featured in the new Turquoise Mountain exhibition at the Freer Sackler Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  (a magnificent exhibition which I highly recommend.)  This was her first time traveling abroad, and my studio was her first stop upon arrival in New York. We were so excited to meet each other, despite the slight language, as Saeeda is deaf.  She was accompanied by her charming host from England, Dr. Tommy Wide, and her fabulous interpreter Amanda, who signed in Dari with impressive ease. Suddenly, the language barrier diffculty was eliminated.  We lunched, browsed through designs, discussed techniques, and shared experiences... it was so fabulous!

Meeting Saeeda was truly a privilege, every minute of which was inspirational. It was a reminder to me, of how important and vital it is to step out of our daily world, to simply stop...to take a look around at other people, their cultures and their stories. It is truly eye opening and adds so much to our outlook on life. I must remember to try and step out more often.

Instagram

New to Instagram, I am excited to share different images along with the ideas that are behind the image stories.

Here are two of my favorite posts, on which I spent way too much time drawing and giggling about...

The Paraiba Tourmaline-- I am completely infatuated by the colour of this beautiful gemstone. After many hours of glaring into the stone, I decided to draw me diving into the photo of the ring. I enjoyed that so much, that I then did a mirror image of that concept- this time I drew the same ring, and put a photo of the real me diving in.

Japan 2015

Sharing some visions that made an impression on us while visiting Tokyo and Kyoto in February. Each trip to Japan unveils a new layer of awareness into an ancient and very traditional culture.We never cease to appreciate the seamless way in which they mesh their treasured heritage to the most modern technology. Our experience in Kyoto began with a speedy train trip from Tokyo, leaving the bustling city for a countryside outing. As we traveled away, the glory of snow-peaked Mount Fuji followed us for part of the journey. Upon arrival in Kyoto, we entered a traditional world---a world of elegant ladies and men strolling around in beautiful kimonos as part of their daily garb...such a contrast to the ceremonial kimonos which we marveled at in Tokyo. We caught sight of geishas leaving their homes, dressed impeccably on their way to work---the elaborate wardrobe and maquillage was mesmerizing! We visited so many beautiful shrines, each one devoted to a different idea. We spent one very special meal in the most serene of Buddhist monasteries, where both the food and the ambiance were exquisite and serene---possibly my favorite meal ever!

Vacation in Europe

Some glimpses of a very memorable holiday, spent with a most special group of friends and family.  Beginning in Normandy, continuing onto to Belgium and ending in Paris---the weather was generally damp but our spirits were effervescent. 

Normandy region, France

A very charming area, home to so many artists, chefs and flowers. We day-tripped incessantly, visiting the cities of Honfleur, Deauville, Trouville, Le Mont Saint-Michel, Cabourg and Omaha Beach. We dined, we shopped and laughed too much...forging an intimate experience which we will always treasure

Honfleur 

An unbelievably quaint and picturesque port city…this was the gathering place for many 19th-century artists - Seurat, Boudin and Monet, to name a few. The renowned 'changing light' lent itself to illustration and inspiration. Boasting over 90 galleries, one may be familiar with these cobbled streets and beautiful views, simply through the  portrayal of so many paintings created throughout time.

Le Mont Saint-Michel

An 11th-century Romanesque abbey, which UNESCO classed as a world heritage in 1979. The phenomenon of the rising tide, which is unique to this island, makes it accessible by foot only during low tide.  

Omaha Beach 

A very sobering experience...visiting unthinkably horrifying moments of history.

Giverny

Monet's home... beauty beyond belief! Realizing that nature can never be replicated.

 

Bruges, Belgium

A true storybook city... a charming town full of canals, windmills, music and hospitable people.

Brussels

Paris

Always a good idea! 

SUS Gallery Opening

Sharon and her daughter, Alexandra, are pleased to announce the opening of SUS Gallery in Great Neck… hosting the work of captivating and unique artists, providing them an avenue to display their work.

The opening exhibition, Thursday July 31st, will be featuring two very noteworthy artists: Elizabeth Woodbury and Marti Flicker, respectively displaying their photographs and ink drawings.

Japan

A shooting glimpse of my recent trip to Tokyo

I was invited by Isetan-Mitsokushi to participate in their beautiful Tanseikai festival. I was hosted in a most gracious and elegant manner, allowing me to return to New York with so much more than when I left.  I now have a great appreciation for a very old and ancient heritage with many customs that are still observed today. I have seen new shades of colors, new sounds and a completely new way of daily living.  The wildlife and natural foliage is so vivid, and the respect which the Japanese community has for this beauty is admirable. They have seamlessly connected the old to the new to the ever present. I am looking forward to my next trip, and meanwhile, hope some of this beauty trickles into my design aesthetic