Based in Portland, Oregon Lisa Jones created Pigeon Toe, “with a vision to create uniquely beautiful objects that incorporate and celebrate the extensive history of handcrafts”. I was instantly won over. Pigeon Toe has taken the age-old art of hand-thrown ceramics, stripped it down and delivered a product that is familiar yet like nothing you’ve ever seen. This balance is no simple feat and each piece, be it tableware, lighting or a statement necklace delivers on this untouchable product design trait.
Thoughtfully designed Pigeon Toe walks the line of delicate and functional. May it be a kick of color on an interior glaze, wrapping handles with silicone rubber cord or the lack of glaze on the exterior of pieces, Pigeon Toe has done the unthinkable, making porcelain not only modern but also relevant again. I don’t know about you but I’m strategizing on how I can replace entire tableware collection not to mention a few votives and of course a statement necklace. Wish me luck!
For those of you in Portland you can check them out in the flesh at North of West. And don’t worry, for those of you not in the City of Roses, shop their e-com here.
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I love a good statement necklace, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this rope necklace collection, Neon Zinn. It’s almost an injustice to just call them necklaces; they are far more than that. Part architectural, part sculptural, these necklaces are works of art in their own right. The collection, hand crafted by Artist/Designer Seth Damm, is inspired by the unique and particular in all of us; each necklace acting as a communication vessel with our creative potential. And with that I say, all abroad!
Starting with plain 100% organic cotton rope, each section is hand dyed in small batches. Using different techniques of twisting and braiding the rope is then fastened together with twine, thread and ribbon helping to anchor each piece.
The use of color and material is just outstanding. Structural because of the way the rope is bound together yet wearable because of the material, cotton rope. Add some beautifully placed color to this juxtaposition and we’ve got a winner. I’m obsessed.
I’ve picked a few of my favorites below along with an image to show scale. They androgyny of them is just another check on my list of loves. These pieces truly are wearable art.
To check out more of Seth’s work jump over to his site.
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