Behind the scenes at the Fukushuen Gardens for our Fall 2011 Catalog shoot with Aviva Bowman. More to come from this Japanese inspired shoot featuring our new 'Ishi' (or 'rocks' in Japanese) collection for fall. Model: Amanda Perez, Photographer: Aviva Bowman. Photo by: Brennan Lanter.
A beautiful shot by Anya E. of the pave white sapphire and .5CT white topaz Hanabira ring. The 'Hanabira' collection (meaning 'petal' in Japanese) is filled with all shapes, sizes and colors. Recently I have been focusing on the orchid, but the cherry blossom ('Sakura' さくら), hibiscus, sunflower and hydrangea have all been sources of inspiration.
Anya E.'s photo of model Jessica Serna, wearing the Hanabira ring with pave white sapphires and a center white pearl. Kim Clay did a beautiful job creating a soft look for Jessica's makeup. The backdrop is a hand painted black and white sign for a great restaurant, 'Tenpusu', in the village where we live.
Last week, traveling through a Japanese airport on my way back to the East Coast, I was amazed by this sculpture of a floral wedding dress. The entire wedding dress is constructed out of white orchids. The visual texture the blossoms created was incredible. If only it were wearable!
The Japanese revere the orchid and soon the International Orchid Festival will begin in Okinawa, Japan. This dress was made in honor of the festival, but thousands of orchids fill the Naha airport year round.
This was the actual dress that I saw with the skirt, train and boostier formed by white Phalenopsis orchid petals. From far away it looked like a million butterflies descending in unison on to the dress. Pretty spectacular. Along with many other Japanese travelers, I was taking pictures with my Japanese cell phone (which I still have not figured out how to upload to my computer!).
Born and raised in New Orleans, Suzanne' s love for jewelry and adornment began at an early age. Living in this carnival city with French and Spanish influences, the opulent architecture, costumes, and environment of New Orleans filled her with a great appreciation for design. The essence of this masquerading city is captured in her signature - the carnival mask.
Her interest in form and shape grew as she studied the silhouetted artwork of Kara Walker as an undergraduate at Brown University, and then as a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design. She went on to pursue her passion for design in ateliers in Tuscany and her own in Japan.
These locations, varied in their patterns, landscapes, and histories, form the diverse collection of Suzanne' s jewelry. Oxidized cherry blossoms, pearl studded antlers, empty Baroque cameos: all her inspirations begin as silhouettes and end as intricate adornments.
Suzanne's materials range from the crystal and gold vermeil of costume jewelry to the precious metals and gemstones of fine jewelry. She emphasizes elegant forms, feminine flourishes, and superb technique and styling.