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Erin McNally

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Jenessa Cintron

There's a calm radiance and creative energy about Erin McNally, both of which are reflected in her line of handmade, organically designed jewelry. She's like the Frank Lloyd Wright of accessories--using the material itself to dictate the space the piece inhabits. Each angle of every earring is made to be looked at. True to her adventurous nature, she finds experimentation one of the best parts of the process. We've had the privilege of watching Erin's artistic evolution over the past few years. Her newest one-of-a-kind, intricately woven/patinaed/hammered pieces will make their debut on Friday, July 12th, at Ode. 

How did you get started?
I was living on a small island off of mainland Puerto Rico. I started taking bike tubes and carving them into delicate feathers for earrings. I got some thicker tubes from a local bike rental place and started carving cuff bracelets that were reminiscent of black coral and sea fans. I collected shells for their clasps.  My friend owns a carnival style wooden cart that is parked just over the historic drawbridge. I sold jewelry there and, sometimes, on the bus on the way to the beach…Since then I have been teaching myself how to manipulate and shape different materials including leather and metal.

What do you love about your job?
I love that there is always something new to learn. I also love that I get to contribute to how people express themselves. Even the simplest piece of jewelry expresses something about the wearer. 

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Traveling.

 

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Last Friday, it happens a lot. I have a lot of funny people in my life.

Where do you find inspiration?
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time outside. I see a lot that inspires me in my garden, the woods and at the swimming holes I frequent. I also find a lot of indigenous jewelry making practices to be inspiring, in particular the ways that people adapt tools and techniques when modern technology is not available.

Katie deGuzman of K/LLER Collection

Posted on July 09, 2013 by Jenessa Cintron


Co-creators Michael Miller and Katie deGuzman (right)

We cannot get enough of Katie deGuzman and Michael Miller's K/LLER Collection, a delicately dangerous, intricately designed armory of handcast accessories. Every piece is a work of art, but layering is highly encouraged: basically, the more the better. Brooklyn-based deGuzman and Miller joined creative forces just under three years ago, and they're taking the world by forged metal. With their refined-edge aesthetic and growing notoriety in Hollywood and the music industry, one might be intimidated by these two designers. But Katie and Michael couldn't be sweeter. Katie deGuzman will be here at Ode with the K/LLER bounty on Friday, July 12th, 6-8pm. You'll want to see this.

How did you get started?
My partner Michael Miller and I met at Parsons School of Design and studied furniture design. I knew I wanted to design jewelry early on in school, but Parsons didn’t have a Jewelry design major so I spent a semester abroad at Glasgow School of art studying Jewelry and Silversmithing, but I really learned most of what I know about jewelry from my 10 years working in the industry. My first job out of college was as a part time assistant to a jeweler in the Lower East Side in NYC (mostly soldering jumprings and trying not to mangle his jewelry), followed by a fulltime bench assistant for a jewelry designer doing primary 18k jewelry work. From there I designed for many other costume jewelry companies including Alexis Bittar and Subversive Jewelry. Two and half years ago Michael and I reconvened and started our brand K/LLER COLLECTION.

What do you love about your job?
Having my own company with Michael is the best feeling, I love working for myself, and designing jewelry of course!  It’s also so rad and inspirational to see woman and men on the street and people I admire wearing our jewelry and loving it..that is really what I love most.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. From shapes in nature, to rusted tools, skeletons, and dirty sidewalks. The list is endless.

                

What is your dream project?
A shoe collaboration.

What are your plans for the future?
Continuing to grow the company. We’d also like to launch a fine jewelry line.  Stay tuned…

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Doing something creative or a dermatologist.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
“A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.” Osho

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern? 
A pair of Rick Owens black leather boots.

What is your favorite word, and why?
Acetylene. I like how it rolls off the tongue and that it can create fire.

What's your go-to "happy" song? 
Right now it’s “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore….and then I bought a knee board….

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Always give a firm handshake and look them in the eye.” My dad.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Last weekend when my siblings, parents, husband and son played “lawn games” together complete with a lucky charms eat off (your partner was the one blindly feeding you) and a dizzy bat race. My family is hysterical.

Join us Friday, July12th from 6-8pm to meet Katie and shop their latest collection. 

“Not Quite Here”

Posted on July 08, 2013 by Thea Price-Eckles

For our July window, we invited Northampton based painter Perry Huntoon to create one of her signature psychedelic mountain ranges. We had fun dressing her up in Ode while she installed her clouds and cliffs for our dress forms to explore. Her installation is titled "Not Quite Here."

Beachy Keen

Posted on July 07, 2013 by Jenessa Cintron

  • Top by Bella Dahl. Denim by AG.Top by Bella Dahl. Denim by AG.
  • "Chiloe" Wedge by Matt Bernson."Chiloe" Wedge by Matt Bernson.
  • "Muse" bag by 49 Sq. Mi."Muse" bag by 49 Sq. Mi.
  • Earring and Necklace by Chan Luu.Earring and Necklace by Chan Luu.

Laid-back wear for a trip in a boat or a walk on the shore.

MUSE: Suz Slezak

Posted on July 06, 2013 by Jenessa Cintron

An interview and lookbook with Ode's newest inspiration: Suz Slezak of The David Wax Museum band. Suz (rhymes with "muse") is a natural beauty with a knack for making music from pretty much everything she touches. We got to spend a day with her in a field of flowers with a jawbone and an accordian. Best afternoon ever! 

What have you been up to this past year?
Since releasing our fourth record, Knock Knock Get Up, in September 2012, we've been touring like crazy! East Coast to West Coast, Canada, Europe, even a trip to China.

Do you have any favorite stories from tour?
We had the beautiful fortune of getting invited to play at the University of Shanghai last spring. What an experience! Such curious, inspiring students, hilarious moments trying to speak Mandarin, and so many different kinds of dumplings to suck on! There's a wonderful video on our website (www.davidwaxmuseum.com) about our adventures in Shanghai filmed by an incredible videographer, Erik Jacobs, that came along. 

How is your stage style and your street style different/similar?
Oh goodness. My style has been a work in progress from the get-go. At first I was terrified of having to dress up on stage. But now it's become a fun part of the job. Since I'm the only woman in the band, I try to wear something colorful and fun since the guys usually end up with a pretty muted color palette. I typically have just one outfit for a string of shows. You know, when it works, it works. Plus, I only bring a small suitcase with me, so I don't really have room for much more.

I have this idea of writing a little book about what a woman needs on the road. It's actually not much at all when you get down to it. A pair of jeans, some yoga pants, a soft sweatshirt, running shoes, and my gig outfit. Plus a small blanket (you never know when the venue will blast the AC or you'll be stuck outside in the winter), coconut oil (for removing make up and general moisturizing) and a can of sardines (in case I need a quick snack before a show). Those are the basic necessities!

What musicians/albums have influenced you the most?
My favorite musician since I was about 13 years old is Gillian Welch. No one compares to the power of her voice, the simplicity of the production, and her songwriting that hits you in your gut every time you listen.

What were your favorite cities/venues to play this past year?
Oh, so many! Los Angeles, CA, Portsmouth, NH, Sun Valley, ID, Paris, France, the list goes on!

What's next?
We'll be releasing our record in Europe this summer, touring through the fall, then taking a break this winter before recording a new album in 2014. The adventure never ends!