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When Searsport-based jewelry artist Sarah Koelbl says she likes taking long walks on the beach, she does not mean the leisurely stroll that comes with summer evenings. Koelbl’s walks are deliberate, and in her favorite beachcombing seasons of fall and winter that means starting at the high-tide line and walking the length of the beach in rows until she has scavenged every inch of sand and mud for sea-borne... “It’s definitely an addiction, of sorts, to be a beachcomber and to collect seaglass and pottery,” Koelbl says of the groundwork behind her artistic process. “You can take a part of history, a piece of the past and frame it and present it as something beautiful to wear. From sea glass to pottery to skeleton keys and a plethora of other artifacts the Maine tides toss ashore, Koelbl’s walks on the beach are a part of her effort to make “lost things found” through her jewelry making. Since 2005, Koelbl has been forging objects she finds along the coast into unique pieces of jewelry and selling her pieces at select shops throughout Maine, as well as on her online shop, Sojourn Curiosities. Koelbl began making jewelry in high school, when she discovered bead stringing. Now at age 34, between being a full-time kindergarten teacher and mother, Koelbl spends all the time she can in her lofted at-home studio, where she uses an array of metal wires and beads to hand-wrap and embellish the pieces she has found in her... Organized by object type and color, Koelbl’s collection overflows the seven drawers of her studio’s yellow filing cabinet. Her passion takes a different form in each drawer, with tea cup handles and pieces of porcelain trinkets at the top, and the full spectrum of blue hues displayed in a mosaic of china fragments at the bottom. While each facet of her found object collection holds a special place of inspiration, Koelbl has discovered pieces of the past she gravitates toward. “I really connect more with the china than the sea glass, just because from piece to piece sea glass is pretty similar. but with china you’re capturing a little fragment of a bowl or a vase or a plate that someone used 200 years ago,” Koelbl says. When she finds the object she wants to work with, “there is no preconceived notion” as to just what the final piece will look like. “The shape that I am wrapping really dictates the form. Source: bangordailynews.com
A new women’s boutique called bevello — spelled with a lowercase “b”— opens in late August at the Mosaic District. The 2,300-square foot store will open Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2905 District Ave. (near Target) in the Mosaic District. bevello will host a grand opening event on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 5-7 p. m. Customers will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase and enjoy complimentary light bites from Blackfinn Ameripub, True Food Kitchen and Trio, as well as a braid bar from Salon Nordine. Customers who attend the event can be entered to win a $100 bevello gift card, a pair of Kendra Scott earrings, a Danielle Nicole cross-body bag, a Towne + Reese necklace and more. This is the 29th store for bevello and the fourth store location in Virginia for founder and CEO, Chan Namgong. Gena Shreve, vice president of Brand Operations, describes the decision to open a store in Fairfax by saying: “We have been actively in search of locations in Northern Virginia that could be our introduction into the greater DC market. When we found the space at Mosaic District in Fairfax, it was the perfect fit for bevello. ” Shreve added: “ I am certain that the Mosaic location will be one of our best and fastest growing locations. The boutique offers a thoughtful selection of popular designer brands such as Free People, Tart Collections, House of Harlow 1960, BCBGeneration, Kendra Scott, Capri Blue, Kate Spade New York, Sanctuary Clothing, Gigi New York, Loren Hope, BB... The boutique also carries premium denim such as DL1961, Paige Premium Denim, and Hudson Jeans in addition to stylish footwear by Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman and Seychelles. bevello is headquartered in Raleigh, N. C. , and is a one-of-a-kind women’s boutique. The name bevello is derived from Italian “bella,” the Italian word for “beautiful,” mixed with a little love, the owners say. bevello offers a variety of programs tailored to customers such as bevello bride, Campus Credit and VIP Rewards. bevello currently has a chain of 29 stores in seven states, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Source: patch.com
Arik Kastan is a brand that borrows from the past but looks to the future, seeking inspiration through the power of human connection to create timeless, bespoke pieces. The force behind the luxury jewelry brand is creative director Tamar Kelman. After discovering the pieces of jewelry designer and goldsmith Arik Kastan while she was in Israel, Kelman immediately sought out the craftsman. A design collaboration ensued and eventually, the Arik Kastan jewelry brand was born. Arik Kastan's hand-crafted rings, earrings and necklaces are vintage-inspired, often recalling shapes and settings derived from Victorian Era pieces. Using semi-precious and precious stones, including moonstones, garnets and diamonds, the pieces are made with unique blends of 14k rose or yellow gold. With a style that recalls to mind Victorian grandeur as well as Arabic mosaics and scroll work, the pieces are unlike those of other high-end jewelry brands. Source: www.fashiontimes.com
Her passion takes a different form in each drawer, with tea cup handles and pieces of porcelain trinkets at the top, and the full spectrum of blue hues displayed in a mosaic of china fragments at the bottom. While each facet of her found object
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A new women's boutique called bevello — spelled with a lowercase “b”— opens in late August at the Mosaic District. The 2,300-square foot store will open Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2905 District Ave. (near Target) in the Mosaic District. bevello will host a
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