Allie Hafez Wearable Art: New Work

Some New Allie Hafez work in The Art Shoppe

Award-winning jewelry artist Allie Hafez’ work is branded OTIWA, which correctly stands for “Oh. That’s Interesting Wearable Art.” Some of her new work is now in the Art Shoppe.

Testing My Balance: brand new piece

Allie Hafez Testing My Balance

Allie Hafez Testing My Balance

She fell in love with the matte finish of this slab of red creek jasper. She writes,  “I didn’t want to use it predictably as a pendant. So I decided to make it the focal of an asymmetrical bracelet that can be attached to a necklace with similar components to make a longer and more interesting necklace.”

Noting its spiritual and metaphysical properties, she writes “Jasper is associated with
protection, nurturing, joy, awareness, relaxation, tranquility, wholeness, astral travel, Yin/Yang. It is said to calm a troubled mind.”

Laser Flash

Allie Hafez Laser Flash

Allie Hafez Laser Flash

Laser Flash has a compelling story, fully told in Allie’s blog. She explains how she found the central pendant and the graciousness of its makers to her notion of incorporating it into a necklace.

She shares the spiritual and metaphysical properties of the piece: “Labradorite is said to promote clarity and insight into one’s destiny. It is thought to be especially
helpful for recalling dreams and relating dreams to daily life. It has
a connection to love. It helps strengthen the will and one’s inner
strength and convictions. It’s believed to aid in combating addictions.”

An Allie Gallery

You Got Me, Copper

Allie Hafez Copper wrapped with beaded rope

Alllie Hafez Copper wrapped with beaded rope

“You Got me, Copper;” how it came to be

After several discarded ideas about how to use the chunk of melted copper, I realized I’d found a use for a length of beaded rope that I’d gotten bored with doing. I’d abandoned it when it was too short to be a bracelet; but it turned out to be perfect for creating a decorative bail that would turn the copper piece into an interesting pendant.

Art Shoppe Notes

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Allie Hafez’ Prize Lariat

Lariat:  Don’t Fence Me In

Honorable Mention at the Whiz Bang Members’ Show
Robbin Gallery, Robbinsdale, MN
Created with Leopardskin jasper, bugle & seed bead,  Integrated loop
clasp, using dimensional right-angle-weave and fringe stitch.

Allie’s Inspiration Story

I created this lariat necklace shortly after reading an article about
a large cat that escaped its enclosure at a zoo. I thought of the
difference in behavior of a caged animal vs. a wild or free one. Thus,
I used leopardskin jasper to represent the wild cat; and designed the
necklace with a  “tamed”/contained section, and an unruly section.

Allie blogs at  otiwadotcom.blogspot.com
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Art Shoppe Artists in shows in May

April 30-May 22

Wendy Benson, 2015 ART OF POSSIBILITIES: the Courage Kenny International Art Show & Sale, Opening Reception: April 30, 2015, 5:30-8 p.m. , Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, 3915 Golden Valley Road,Minneapolis, MN 55422.

May 29-30

Northstar Watermedia Society Artists’ Market, Fine Arts Building, MN State Fair Grounds
Susan Gainen

May 28
Susan Gainen, Arts Cafe at Struthers’ Parkinsons Center (demo and storytelling)

May 15, 16, 17 (Art-a-Whirl 2015) [Friday 5-10; Saturday noon-8; Sunday noon-5]
Megan Funk, aka Starry Night Beadworks, East Side Neighborhood Services Building, NE Mpls
Susan Gainen, Art-a-Whirl at the Keg House, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Megan Moore, http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl, Northrup King Building #423

May 8-9 Pottery at the Friends’ School Plant Sale, MN State Fairgrounds
Kathryn Rosebear Pottery, 20% benefit to the school

 

Artist of the Day Megan Funk, aka Starry Night Beadworks

StarryNightBeadworks_jewelry5Starry Night: Jewelry from antique pocket watches and natural stones

 

In the beginning

At age 11, I decided to take my beading skills public and go into business for myself. I chose the name Starry Night based on my favorite Van Gogh painting at the time.

Changes with time

Over the years my design skills changed and evolved greatly. I tried everything from peyote-stitch pouches and loom weaving to elastic wristbands, and from hand-rolled sculpey beads to hand-lacquered fall leaves. One little problem always nagged me, though… how could I justify creating so many “new” things in a world already overstuffed with them?

Green design

After nearly a decade and a half of exploration (and a college hiatus), I found new inspiration and new determination to succeed as a jewelry designer in the area of “green” design. Finally, a way to justify creation: by renewing things that already exist! Equally serendipitous was the connection I discovered between my long-ago chosen business name and my current medium…

I create jewelry from antique pocket watch parts and natural stones using wire-wrapping techniques; many of the watches I use (most dating from the 1860s-1930s) were born in Van Gogh’s era!

New ways with metal and stone

These days I spend a whole lot of time in the “office” creating watch-part jewelry and coming up with new designs. Wire-wrapping has been my focus lately, and I enjoy developing complicated new ways to join metal and stone through wrapping alone. It’s important to me not to destroy the integrity of the antique timepieces that I work with by gluing, cutting, or soldering.

Research

When not designing, I’m researching! Behind every pretty (watch)face I want there to be depth and meaning as well. With each piece of jewelry I provide a card that details the meaning of the stone, the materials used, and the date the watch was made (if known).