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SORA Vibes by geraldine kane

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Here's a little visual introduction to the ideas and inspiration behind the new Sora collection. We wanted Sora, 空 meaning Sky in Japanese, to be a modern, fine jewellery response to the romantic idea of the night sky. The designs have been honed and simplified in order to create fresh and modern jewellery that can be worn with anything, for a very long time.  The classic black and gold colour pallete is made up of 9ct yellow gold and conflict-free black diamonds, giving a dark sparkle and sophisticated edge to simple forms.

Any of the pieces in the Sora collection could be worn with a crisp white shirt, a casual t-shirt or a floral summer dress - and that versatility was the main motivation behind creating this collection of Modern Romantic investment pieces.

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We hope you like them!

G


Showcase 2016 by geraldine kane

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We took part in Showcase in Dublin for the second time at the end of January. We had learnt a lot from the first year, little important behind-the-scenes things like remembering to bring double-sided tape, a tape measure and to bring a step ladder- except we forgot to bring the step ladder. But we managed and were very pleased with the results 

It's a long few days and a lot of preparation work but it's worth it - the positive feedback, new friends and new stockists all add up to days well spent.

Thank you,

H

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Flora drama by geraldine kane

I've been wanting to create a floral range for a long time and have started and stopped many times. Back in the day, when I was studying Art at school, I was obsessed by Art Nouveau and anything ornately curly and organic. I progressed to studying Metalsmithing & Jewellery at uni and my focus turned to contrasting masculine and feminine, organic and industrial.

Now, many years on, I seem to have lost my soft side. Nothing gives me more joy these days than flat surfaces and sharp angles. So that explains my losing battle with my Flora range. 

During a trip home, I took some photos of heather and scrub just outside Newcastle, Co.Down. I realised that focusing on individual flower forms was limiting me and found the whole scene to be much more inspiring. I picked out patterns using simple dots, suggesting movement and a kind of organic rhythm.

My new obsession is dot-based 

I guess I'm reverting back to my contrast days in uni - simple, hard shapes mixed with organic patterns. Who knows, maybe the next collection will be an Art Nouveau- inspired extravaganza.

Probably not :) 

FLORA [take 3000] is well underway and I am loving it. We will be exhibiting it at Showcase 2016 and launching it in the early half of 2016. Nothing like a deadline to encourage creativity.

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Thank you,

G


Stor, A New Irish Design Shop in Tokyo by geraldine kane

There's been a lot happening here in Tokyo recently. I've been working with a good friend, Mizue, who has decided to open a design shop in Daikanyama that showcases contemporary  Irish design.

The idea began slowly, a long time ago. We had been discussing, on and off, Mizue's desire for a new challenge and a new career. Originally a graphic designer, she hoped for something creative but with a different pace of working.

After exhibiting at Showcase 2015 with ISLE, I showed her photos of the interesting and beautiful products I saw there. Instantly she said 'I'll open an Irish Design shop' - and she did.

www.stor-daikanyama.com
@stor_daikanyama [Instagram + Twitter]

Thank you,

G


New outlets ! by geraldine kane

We've been pretty busy recently. But we've been whistling while we work, because we're very excited to be bringing ISLE to some new lovely shops throughout Ireland. 

We're proud to announce that you can find ISLE at:

 

KILN & LOOM, Ormeau Road, Belfast

 

SHELLS LITTLE SHOP, The Srand Sligo

McCARTHY'S, Shop Street, Galway

Pop in and have a little look if you are in any of these lovely locations.

There's more to come so keep an eye out for more news!!

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Facet-nating & Fionn-tastic :) by geraldine kane

We are just recovering from our first experience of exhibiting at Showcase Ireland. I took plenty of photos, so just need a little time to go through them before giving you the insider lowdown on all things Showcase.

Everyone was really positive about our jewellery and stand, especially excited about our new range of angular Fionn 'gems'.  Due to popular demand, we are exploring using 18k yellow and rose gold plating over sterling silver for some on-trend luxury that won't break the bank. These gems will be mostly matt-finish, though I may sprinkle them with a few shiny surfaces for some texture and contrast. I'm also exploring the possibility of partial plating, mixing silver and gold finishes for some extra edginess.  So many possibilities! Yesterday, I was back working at my jewellery bench making necklaces that will accompany the earrings photographed below.

Our gem earrings will be available to buy in the coming weeks. *smile*

[I know, I know, I said that about the Flora Collection that hasn't surfaced yet, but I decided it was important to take extra time to develop it further to a standard I'm totally happy with!  These gems, on the other hand, are funky, elegant and ready to go!]

Right, back to the work bench!

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*NEW OUTLET* by geraldine kane

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Good news, we've joined My Shop....Granny Likes It in beautiful Galway City! My Shop showcases the best of Irish design so we are pretty chuffed to be a part of it :)

Pop in and say hello and get your hands on our Cloch Collection, inspired by Irish stone walls.

Chat soon,

G


Bad bloggers. Good distractions by geraldine kane

Oh, we've been terrible recently! There's barely been a peep out of us for the past few weeks. The reason for this neglect is that we've been juggling a lot of new projects and ideas. I know, I know, we are supposed to be discussing such ideas on this blog but I blame Pinterest and their new IM function! Easy pinning and chatting in one little box in the corner of your screen :/ 

Okay, so I've closed that window of communication and you have my full attention now. 

Here's a little run down of what we're doing:

ISLE Bridal - Well, with all the love in the air and questions being popped all over the show (see previous post!), we felt that it was time to create some special ISLE jewellery for that special moment, big day and years to follow.

ISLE@ Frock Around the Clock Winter Wedding Show - In light of our developing Bridal range we decided to take part in the Winter Wedding show at the Europa, Belfast on 2nd November this year.  See you there?

ISLE Flora Collection -  We've been getting back in touch with nature recently for our NEW collection. Living in the huge grey smoke of Tokyo has made me, especially, crave the simple forms mother nature has to offer. Just hold on a little longer and all will be revealed.

Okay, that's all I'm telling you for now, but there'll be more...soon!

YEAY!