Oh boy, that was a difficult day. I mean the day Sabine and I visited the Jewellery Art Fair 2017 (Sieraad Art Fair). We both had already spent all of our money. The last place we should be was at this jewellery fair. We were tempted so many times and we would have succumbed if it wasn’t for lack of time. I didn’t look at the information before going and wrongly assumed that two and a half hours would be enough. Enough for 120 jewellery stands/artists… NOT. All of a sudden it was time to leave and see Anke with her newborn daughter. At the end of this post you will see some photos of that visit, but first the jewellery temptations.
Let me show you the day in chronological order.
Before heading to the jewellery fair Sabine and I met for lunch at an establishment which had some unusual items (Pacific Park).
Below: Like a spider web window, with a monkey in the middle.
Below: Like this funny sign which had us laughing out loud.
Below: And like a big green monkey out front.
Below: We took some pictures outside. I was wearing my flared jeans by Paige (worn before with my Kermit green jacket), a black jacket which is part of my Max Mara skirt suit, a vintage brooch (very popular this year) and the bag I bought at a Design & Crafts Fair, brand: Marck & Mo (you can see the bag better in that post). I hardly ever wear this pretty bag as it is quite attention drawing.
Not much of a pose; still working on that.
Below: I was wearing my husband’s hat. It is nicer when I pull it down a bit more at the front.
Below: Outfit with coat. So so I think. I can do better.
Below: Sabine was wearing a lovely green leather skirt from Young Designers United and a fluffy blue sweater. Her awesome leather jacket you have seen before but it never tires.
Below: The back of the skirt has a deliberate fold. Quirky detail.
We weren’t paying attention and it took us a while to find the building where the jewellery fair was taking place. This gave us even less time to see everything. We were not aware of this yet.
You will see various artists. Whenever I have a website of an artist, I will add a link.
Below: The first stall and we were already going “oohh” and “ahhh”. Artist Francesca Verardo. This necklace for instance had my interest. Porecelain.
Below: Francesca made more lovely things, like this porecelain ball. We also saw two brooches with this design and earrings.
Below: Cannot remember the whole story behind these “beads”. Something like porcelain baked at a very high temperature and absorbing the ashes.
Below: The next artist was Joyce Stouten of De Ekster. This ring (there is a ring underneath the elaborate top) is guilded silver and I adored it. It fit me too. Oh temptation.
Below: Artist Olga van Doorn (Instagram: olgavandoornjewelry). This is one ring, spread over two fingers. It stayed on really well and is definitely a conversation starter.
Below: This stunning ring is also by Olga van Doorn (see above) and was Sabine’s Waterloo (well, neary). She is still contemplating and she is just as broke as I am.
Below: Sabine trying it for size…. Perfect on such a background. The colour is really more orange, as in the photo above.
Below: Artist Monica Iacovenco (www.monicaiacovenco.ro) from Romenia. That blue one in the front nearly came home with me.
Below: Sabine was in love with this porcelain necklace by Pilino Soma, even though her long hair struggled with the necklace. As I was the photographer that day, Sabine was my model.
Over to the kind artists who gave us free entrance tickets: The Jewelry Story. Forgive me the quality of the photos. They don’t do the pieces justice.
Below: A long strand of wooden beads. The sides are painted (?) white.
Below: This is what it looks like wearing it in two layers. The artist (Marion Pannekoek) is showing it for us. Could have bought her dress too.
Below: Sabine modelling a ring by The Jewelry Store. Blurry photo but you get the beauty.
Below: Another wooden necklace.
Below: A turquoise necklace. You can see the details and price on The Jewelry Story.
Below: I think this is the lapis lazuli necklace so I have linked to the price and the details. They do ship abroad as they have lived and worked in the USA for many years and have a lot of clients there.
Below: Here is where a creative brain differs from a brain like mine. Sabine was besotted with these silk hand-made cushions. They are brooches, there is a filigree pin attached. I couldn’t see beyond the price, thinking “Holy moly… for a piece of fabric with a pin?” At home I showed the picture to Ron and he immediately said: “That is really nice”. Sabine and Ron have creative brains. I don’t. Anyway, the female artist is Biljana Klekachkoska from Macedonia. She also sells on Etsy, so I thought I would provide you with a link to her Etsy site.
She kindly took some pictures of us, while we were wearing her creations.
Below: A collar necklace in green.
Below: Sabine is wearing a similar necklace by Xenia as I do in the top picture, but this one is longer. Xenia wears a necklace (it is paint) which follows the contours of your body when you wear it. Because of your body warmth. The first time I saw this necklace I thought it was a bit too “loud”. Now I have grown to love it.
Below: Sabine trying to make a “welfie”. I am wearing Xenia’s necklace in another colour.
We were about to walk on to other stalls, wearing Xenia’s necklaces to advertise her work, when I looked at my watch. PANIC. We had to leave immediately if we were to be in time for our visit to Anke. As Anke gave birth to her daughter only two weeks earlier, we didn’t want to stay longer than an hour. So I grabbed Sabine and said: “Give back the necklace and let’s run.” Of course Sabine started to complain: “But I haven’t even seen half of the fair!!’ and “I want to back to that stall”. No, No, No. We really have to go and you haven’t got money either. Let’s be thankful I am such a bad judge of time. This way we enjoyed it and got off scot-free.
In the car and off we went to Anke’s house.
Let’s talk baby.
Below: Here I am with Roosmarijn (pronounce: Rose-Mah-Rhine), Anke’s two weeks old daughter.
Below: Anke changing her nappy. (It was dark.. bad photo).
Below: Sabine (mother to a boy and a girl) giving Roosmarijn a little kiss. She is still so tiny.
Below: I had to show you these two grainy photos of Roosmarijn in daddy’s baby carrier (daddy is camera shy).
Below: Her head wasn’t even reaching the top of the carrier, so daddy kept it open for her to breath.
We gave the presents (baby clothes for when she is a year, not in the photo) and said goodbye.
That is it for this week.