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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. 

MUSE Series / Designer Feature

MUSE: Gail Travis

September 12, 2013

MUSE: Gail Travis
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We were honored (and totally smitten) to be able to spend a day with Gail Travis, designer of N:F:P (New Form Perspective), a collection of luxe sculptural sweaters that can be worn numerous ways. According to Gail: "I create the New Form, and the wearer chooses the Perspective." The Muse has spoken.

Designer Feature

Love Heals

August 10, 2013



[Designers Gunnar, Elise, and Adriana]

At Ode, we call it a "Power Piece." A Love Heals necklace makes you feel like a warrior, an adventurer, an artist, empress, and philanthropist. Family owned and hand-made in America, Love Heals is a company committed to creating the kind of beauty that gives back.

For every piece sold, 10 fruit-bearing trees are planted in Ethiopia. Co-founder Gunnar Lovelace (yep, real name) has also formed partnerships with organizations committed to ending child slavery and child blindness. How good can a company get?

                       

Well, they keep getting better. Recently, Love Heals added Maria Angela Perna to their creative design team. Perna has worked as a Senior Designer, creating collections for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Fendi, Versace, Etro, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Sergio Rossi and YSL. She brings just another element of power to the already inimitable collection. Ode couldn't be happier about our long-term relationship with the heart, spirit, and beauty of Love Heals.




Come find your Love Heals Power Piece at Ode.