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Artist Interview / Designer Feature

Happy Planting w/ Alison Annes

June 9, 2018


 Alison Annes is her own bouquet: a dynamic arrangement of all forms of beauty, adding flourishes of color to the day. Florist by trade, life-enthusiast by nature, and an expert in "what looks good together", her expertise keeps plants and customers alike happy (and artfully arranged) at Ode. Everyone has been long awaiting this Ode art workshop! Choose from succulents and plants Alison has personally selected, and learn how to properly plant and care for your creations. And Alison will be there in all her glory (and wisdom), which means you will get to bask in in! We've reserved two nights for the workshop: June 13th and 14th, 6-8PM. There are still a few openings, so call or stop by Ode to sign-up! 

What’s your first memory of learning how to grow something?
In the garden with my Mum growing her prize winning roses, using her secret recipe fertilizer.

Best smelling flower?
It's so cliché, but a beautiful lavender rose called Ocean Song.

Spirit plant?
Yarrow

Other than working at Ode, what have been some of your favorite jobs?
Working at Adobe Flowers, where I learned so much from my mentor, Miss Nikki. Owning my own
flowers shops was a great accomplishment! My best job ever though was working on a horse
farm every summer as a child, payment was a ride at the end of a long day!

Top three rules of green-thumb?
Select plants that will do well in your home's environment.
Don’t be scared! Plants tend to intimidate us, don’t let them!!
Set a watering schedule, most plant problems stem from watering too much or too little.


What makes you blossom?
My grandson, watching him devour life with such enthusiasm. Oh, to be 7.

Favorite plant to cook/eat? How do you prepare it?
I love fresh herbs! Have to say Cilantro in homemade salsa, it’s such a sassy herb!

Where do you go to picnic, and what’s in your basket?
My favorite place is by a river, and my basket must have roast ham, salad, cheese, pickled
onions and sausage rolls...and a good bottle wine!


What’s your go-to gardening song?
Landslide. I yell along to it, forget my worries, and get lost in the dirt!

How does nature speak to you?
It calms me. If I close my eyes all my fond memories come from the sea, carpets of bluebells in
the woods, picking wild blackberries with my granddad.

Reserve your spot for Alison's Happy Planting Workshop by stopping by or calling Ode: 413-727-8026!



                                                   Photos by Chattman Photography
 

Designer Feature / Inspiration

Meet Jen Lorang of Alchemilla Jewelry

March 1, 2018

What better way to begin International Women’s Month than to feature Jen Lorang, human rights activist and designer/owner of Alchemilla Jewelry. Her collection is handmade in Oakland, CA, where she employs a small team of proudly queer women to create the beauty that is Alchemilla. 



Not only is the line a crowd favorite at Ode, but it's a brand that uses its platform to help reshape the social perspective. Her models gracefully traverse all spectrums of gender, color, and age. She donates to those who ask, and 10% of online sales goes to local Black Lives Matter organizers.



Lorang’s mission is to “create a strong femme aesthetic that celebrates community and collaboration rather than one that tells you to compete or compare yourself to other women or that you have to be skinny, rich, white, binary, etc, in order to thrive in this world.” 



Meet this powerfully beautiful woman and shop her equally-as-stunning collection this Friday, March 2nd,  6-8PM, at Ode. Hope to see you there! If you can't make it for the reception, the collection will be around all weekend and into next week.

Designer Feature

Rhiannon Griego of The Ghost Dancer

May 23, 2014



Rhiannon Griego 

They say beauty begets beauty, which is why it makes total sense that Ghost Dancer jewelry comes from designer Rhiannon Griego. She is a total dream...and her jewelry line is the product of that dream. Hand-beaded fringe necklaces and earrings with a tribal vibe. We asked Rhiannon to share a little about what inspired her creations:


Rhiannon's workspace: where the beauty begins.


Ghost Dancer necklace. [Photo by Joanna Chattman]

How did this idea begin? 
Ghost Dancer was an unexpected journey I had not intended to walk. I was studying western herbalism and working on a line of cordials and elixirs when I met my friend Leslie Crow. Leslie is the original founder of Heyoka Leather and one afternoon, Leslie, my friend Neal and I were all sitting in a circle making little leather goods with beads and feathers. I enjoyed myself so much I decided to go to the trading post and pick up some more items and make my own adornments. I began wearing my jewelry out and friends began to order their own pieces. After the name Ghost Dancer came to me in a dream, the vision began to take place and here I am. 


Where the dream happens.

What are your 5 most listened to songs?
Tough one there as music reflects my mood and my mood is reflective upon the music. The seasons control the sound of my music musings as well but I'd say: Woman of 1000 Years and Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac, Reins by Chelsea Wolfe, Wooden Ships by Crosby Stills & Nash, and No Quarter by Led Zeppelin. I'll have to include White Lakes by Deaf Center, too as it's been on repeat for months when I find myself creatively stuck.


One (or two) things every woman should have in her closet?
Jaw dropping lingerie and a silk dress she can wear with any cowboy boots.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
The last line from the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, "Till human voices wake us..."

If you were a piece of clothing, what would it be and what color/pattern?
I'd probably be a lace slip of black silk from the early 1930's with handmade lace of the most exquisite kind, somewhat faded in color but durable and timeless.




What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Just let it go--It's one of the hardest concepts to put into action but when one can practice that, everything just floats right on through and brings you to the present moment of gratitude for it all.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
This happens at least once a week. Laughter is my favorite medicine and crying from laughing so hard is what keeps me sane. 



The artist in her element.

What are your plans for the future?
Summer is almost here and I'm yearning to step out of the Urban life and head for the rivers and evergreens of Oregon. I'm quite a workaholic if one could say what I do is work, so I am focusing on having a lot of fun and sharing creative collaborative time with friends up in Portland for the summer. My latest medium of textile work is my focus so I intend on taking my loom out to the coast of Oregon, setting it in the sand and weaving with the ocean as my muse.

Designer Feature

All Hands designer Jennifer Stilwell

March 14, 2014

Jennifer Stilwell, designer of All Hands, our newest handmade line of leather goods, is all heart and spirit. Traveler, artist, seafarer, adventurer, and do-gooder, her designs embody the way she lives. Both have a raw exhuberance for life and a reverence for the natural world. 



Stilwell recounts: "I was traveling the globe as an integral member of an artisan development fund aimed at promoting and supporting indigenous artisans. In order to combat the extreme solitude that sometimes comes with living at sea, I set up a portable leather studio in the bow of the ship."

Her handbags are unlike anything we've ever seen. So much love and time and craftsmanship have clearly gone into each piece. The leather is vegetable dyed, and every "imperfection" is testament to the fact that the animal from which it was made was able to roam freely throughout its life.  

"It is my goal to start with domestic production of goods," Stilwell says, "and over time to move at least 50% of production overseas to artisan groups and women’s collectives in order to help support a sense of purpose, pride, better wages and fairer working conditions. I feel more comfortable putting things out into the world that were constructed by hand and by limited means of production. I take great pride in helping people empower themselves through craftsmanship."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her promise: "All of my products are made by hand, whether it be in a small local workshop, in my studio in NYC, or in the portable studio I travel with wherever I may roam."
 

Designer Feature

A Peace Treaty

December 2, 2013


Our newest addition to Ode, and in perfect time for the holidays. A PEACE TREATY is the lovechild of Farah Malik, a Pakistani Muslim, and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew.  
      
Made with beauty and heart, A PEACE TREATY is ethically-produced, employs artisans with above fair trade wages, and invests in creating income generation opportunities for out-of-work artisans, disabled, widowed and marginalized women.  What's better than a company run by women, made by women, and created to adorn women.