Sunday, April 26, 2015

All that is Gold Gitter and Glam

I'm so excited to have gotten photos back from a recent shoot I styled with with the beautiful Model: Kat, AMP New York, amazing Photographer: Klaudia Fraszczyk and talented MUA: Kayla Fenwick. Of course you might recognize some Garage Gypsy gracing the hands ;)

[xo] the garage gypsy

Friday, April 24, 2015

GET UP and GO Secrets

Hey guys!  I don't know how many of you out there are night owls like me, but if you are then you might relate not only to the challenge of getting yourself to bed at a reasonable hour, but then up early with actual MOTIVATION to be productive.  I am what you might call a night person with the dreadful desire to be a morning person.  I get these energy kicks that roll in at 2am, but I know that I feel my best when the sun is up and I have a full tank of sleep in my noggin.. and only good can come from feeling good! (thus my desire to change)

In October of last year I discovered the Accidental Creative while stocking up on podcasts for my subway hauls into Manhattan after recently moving from the west coast to Brooklyn.  I instantly fell in love and since committing myself to earlier mornings, they have become just as essential as my Flat White in the morning (a ritual I established while living down under in Melbourne). Uh, not much beats a good flat white. ;)  

Anyways, it's time I spread the word and share one of my favourite episodes (of MANY) by Todd Henry of the Accidental Creative, THE POWER OF A MORNING RITUAL.  Because..

What you do first thing in the morning often sets the tone for the rest of your day.

Another thing I finally started making use of are the articles and "cheat sheets" on the website.  
I guess you can never be reminded of some things too many times ;)

Here's the Cheat Sheet from this episode:

Get up at the same time each day. If possible, set your alarms in advance for each day in order to establish your plan. (I use the Gentle Wake app on my Pebble Watch, but you can use any smartphone for the same purpose.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's NEW ? ? ?

The Graffiato Collection !!! Is HERE !  It has been hand carved from wax + is cast using the lost wax casting process in your choice of Solid Bronze or Sterling Silver, made specially for YOU  >  >

The inspiration for this collection came from my growing love for street art and graffiti. As I've slowly began traveling the world I've come to recognize the works of many street artists and as I've become more familiar, I've discovered how much I love being on a completely different side of the globe and finding someone's work I recognize. That contradictory feeling of the familiar and the unfamiliar colliding is amazing. 

We're all here trying to leave little pieces of "us" + the Graffiato Collection was created as a reminder to scratch away your name in everything you do, to leave your mark in this beautiful world.

Made in New York City. Conceptualized from across the world.

Each piece is made to order and unique.  PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE :)  If you have any questions regarding sizing or need help with figuring out your ring size leave a comment below + I'll get you fixed up in no time :)

Where does the word GRAFFIATO come from?? Both "graffiti" and its occasional singular form "graffito" are from the Italian word graffiato meaning "scratched." Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface, often in a public place.  Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.  Graffiti is applied in art history to works of art produced by scratching a design into a surface. A related term is sgraffito, which involves scratching through one layer of pigment to reveal another beneath it.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Happppppy last day of February!

Who's ready to kick off March?  I don't know about you, but I sure am ready for some springtime, my first NYC winter has been wonderful (I've loved all the snow!) but I'm pretty sure my body isn't made for this cold and it's craving some serious sunshine!! 

Last weekend I was hanging out at Rough Trade and bought The Districts' new record album, A Flourish and a Spoil, and I've been listening to it non-stop all week.  They're bloody awesome.  I'd recommend checking them out on Spotify or buying the album, only 300 copies were made on purple coloured vinyl.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Working In the Studio - Behind the Scenes

Hi there! Welcome to my little studio set-up in Brooklyn, NY where the magic happens :) and where I've been basically living for the past month as I nearly finish my new collection for the springtime.  Working through the designs from sketching on paper to carving in the wax is a true passion of mine.  Like all passions though, it is mixed of highs and lows, like surfing the waves of love and challenge.  I'm excited to say that I'm almost done and that pieces will be available by March 15! (Well hopefully! I'll be working my butt off until then ;) )

A look at my desk (it never looks this clean when I'm actually at work!) 

A sneak peak into my sketch book, where some of the ideas are born..

The beginnings of the carving process! And how the desk looks when I'm at work. Wax EVERYWHERE!

Here is one of the rings in it's stage of being carved from wax..

That same ring, after it's been casted, cleaned and polished!  My favorite part!

One of the bracelets freshly carved..

Trying out the handmade porcelain spikes, before they get fired in the kiln..

Giving this little baby a cleaning now that it's been casted into bronze..

Before + after being cleaned up and polished!


What do you guys think? Which is your favorite so far?  I'd love to hear your feedback and comments :)

[xo] the garage gypsy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Who Is Garage Gypsy?


1) loves adventure, and yearns to see the world..

2) might be part rock star, at least in her mind..

3) has a slight obsession with clothing, jewelry, anything that makes her feel pretty..

4) loves a good cup of coffee.. or tea (actually both)

5) likes to smell the roses..

6) and feel the ground beneath her feet.. (life is always better with a bit of sparkle)

7) could live at the beach during the winter..

8) and in Paris during the summer, reading books (and magazines) all day..

9) is a dreamer..

10) and a doer.. and she's not afraid to get her hands a little dirty.. (or her clothes, once in a while)

...eats pizza in bed... every blue moon.

(photos from various sources)

[xo] the garage gypsy

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Making Porcelain Jewellry in Oz

Hello! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!  Welcome to my studio in Richmond, a neighborhood in Melbourne.  For the past couple months I've been working with porcelain and experimenting with the shapes, glazes, making slip, creating a marble effect with the clay and slip and making molds using plaster.  It's been an amazing medium to create with and I've finally decided on what I like and don't like from the "test" pieces.  Now the the assembly process begins..

[xo] the garage gypsy