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123 FAVORITE SOURCES | Delicate Pen - Part 2

Inspiration Board

BY jane, ON Friday, March 11, 2011

Whenever I visit another artist’s workspace, I imagine what the late 19th century artist salons and later, the artist colonies, must have been like! Remember all those impressionists, who summered together,  sharing ideas?  What about Appledore Island! Oh, to have been a guest of Celia Thaxter’s for the summer!  (I visited Appledore and Celia’s garden, and I will tell you about my visit one day!)

I have a trio of Inspiration Boards above my light table where I do most of my work.  Tidbits of clippings, colors and quotes that constantly rotate, guided by my whim.  When I visited Amanda Pearl’s atelier (see this week’s earlier postings),  I just loved her oversized Inspiration Board.

From Amanda’s snippets….

….come this enchanting piece!

One of Amanda’s signature ideas is creating jewelry out of vintage chandelier crystals.

Ding! I have a chandelier! I may just have to steal a few crystals from it, so she can create  a necklace for me!  I’ll keep you posted on this idea!

And, lastly…

…one of my Inspiration Boards.

Bridal Accessories

BY jane, ON Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This week I am featuring the accessories of Amanda Pearl. Amanda parallels similar sensibilities that we aim for here at The Delicate Pen studio. Our goal is classic,  but fresh. Here are a few of Amanda’s accessories in action on the pages of Bride’s Magazine.

Amanda Pearl Clutch-perfect for your wedding day!

Photo:  Via Bride’s Magazine

Amanda Pearl Earrings.  (Love the dress, by Johnna Ho, too!)

Photo: Via Bride’s Magazine

Close up of the earrings.

Now you only need the invitations! We’d be happy to help!

Photos: Amanda Pearl ©

Another favorite source

BY jane, ON Monday, March 7, 2011

I have a glorious source to feature this week!  You may already know, if you’ve browsed our website, that I have formal training as a dancer. That disciplined, yet creative background informs all of my work as an artist.  I have become acquainted with another dancer, Amanda Pearl, who has transitioned into the fashion industry.  A former Pacific Northwest Ballet ballerina, she designs the most glorious accessories, perfect for brides, mothers of the brides and guests alike. An injury caused Amanda to exit her stage career a little earlier than expected, but she has created a new life that allows her to envelop herself in all the sparkle, color and elegance of the costumes she once paraded.

I spent an afternoon touring Amanda’s workspace recently. Greeting me in edgy sneakers, skinny jeans, striped shirt and a cropped black sequined jacket, that only she could pull off, Amanda quickly introduced me to the fluffiest, whitest and most darling Havenese mascot, Fidel. (Mental note:  I need a fluffy mascot.) Creativity oozes from every corner of her studio.  From the mix and match white work tables to the glass display cases of samples, every nook of the atelier is beguiling.

Many dancers, I for one, have used the services of Career Transition for Dancers to help plan a second or parallel career.  The organization is one of the charities I support regularly. Here is a photo of three dancers turned entrepreneurs, wearing Amanda Pearl accessories at her Fall 2011 Fashion Week Cocktail Event last month.

Right to left: Me (dancer turned artist), Amanda (dancer turned accessories designer) showing her vintage crystal necklace, and Beverly Edwards (dancer turned Broadway company manager).

Photo: Amanda Pearl ©

More of Tia

BY jane, ON Friday, February 11, 2011

We have been featuring head pieces by bridal designer, Tia Mazza, this week.  This is another one of her magical creations.  Tia crafted this piece, by having the flowers made one at a time, to match the flowers on a vintage headpiece she owns.  It can be worn with or without a veil.  You can read more about our Featured Artist in our online magazine, Artistry.

Artistry Magazine

BY jane, ON Thursday, February 10, 2011

We just published our Almost Spring Issue of Artistry Magazine.  You can read it by clicking on that link.  The issue features articles on Valentines,  news from our Nate Berkus segment,  concert news, and our featured artist is Tia Mazza.

Photo:  Annabelle Story.

Cathedral Veil

BY jane, ON Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tia Mazza, bridal veil designer,  is known for ability to customize and create one of a kind pieces.  She also meets seemingly impossible deadlines.  This is one of her Cathedral Veils.  It is usually Cathedral length,  but she can custom make it to any length you desire.  It features French lace.  You can read more about Tia in Artistry, my online magazine.  The Almost Spring issue will be published tomorrow.

Photo: Carol Dragon

Bridal Headpieces

BY jane, ON Monday, February 7, 2011

There is a bridal veil designer that, in my opinion, stands far above the rest.  She is Tia Mazza.  This is one of her whimsical Cage Veils.  I always try to capture a little romance on my invitation designs.  I feel that is exactly what Tia does with her head pieces. This Cage Veil is made of blush colored silk organza.  The comb is detachable,  so that you can wear just the flower on a comb for your reception, if you choose.

Photo:  Carol Dragon

Find it in the Flat Iron

BY jane, ON Monday, January 24, 2011

I love lettering.  I love the process of it, and I love admiring all kinds of lettering.  Even typewriting! My mother kept an old Olivetti typewriter and my little nieces love playing with it. I recently was on a hunt to find a replacement ribbon. The wonderful thing about New York City is that there is a “district” for everything. In typical NYC style, there are several typewriter repair businesses in the Flat Iron District. (A section of the city which has an old  building in the shape of an iron.) Gramercy Office Equipment is one of them.  Not only did they have my ribbon, but they do complete overhauls of typewriters including washing them and replacing the rollers. It is comforting to me to know that skilled trades like this exist, being a tradesperson myself!

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