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business cardsHopea has been up and running for three years! I’m celebrating with some new business cards.

When thinking of the image I want for Hopea going forward, I like to think on Elis Kauppi’s collection for Finland’s Artek exhibition of 1958. In a groundbreaking move, pieces were displayed on simple linen and wood blocks instead of the traditional black velvet. The understated; the aesthetic assertion that natural equals refined is, to me, quintessentially Scandinavian.

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I am so pleased to have located one of Torun Bülow-Hübe’s fantastic pieces of jewelry to add to Hopea’s collection. Her ingenious designs are simple but expertly crafted. Though not overtly feminine, her pieces are of a style that women want to wear, even half a century later. When you try on a piece, you can feel how it perfectly accounts for the curves of the human body. Information about her remarkable life and career is available in many places online but you have to feel her work in person to fully appreciate the level of her accomplishment. The piece that is currently available on Hopea is a neck ring that is accompanied by two interchangeable pendants. The modular style of the piece gives it great versatility.

View more details here.

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inform interiors jewelry eventI’m very pleased to once again announce Hopea’s return to Inform Interiors in Vancouver, BC. Hopea’s holiday trunk shows are beginning to gather quite a following in Vancouver and I can’t wait to spend some time with my Vancouver customers – and to visit Inform’s beautiful Gastown location. The three day show will feature lots of new pieces, many of which are not yet available on Hopea’s website.

If you’re on the West Coast, be sure to pop in! I’ll be in the shop from Thursday, November 28 – 30. This is a great opportunity to explore stunning jewelry that is rarely seen in Canada. And pieces are priced affordably for holiday gift-giving

Thursday, November 28
Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30

10 – 6 pm at Inform Interiors – 50 Water Street, Vancouver, BC

Kit Interior Objects Kit Interior Objects Kit Interior ObjectsA couple weeks ago, Hopea set up shop for a “wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am” three day trunk show at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary. It was so great getting to meet some of my local customers for the first time, and to just hang out in Kit’s design lover’s dream of a store. Above are a couple quick shots of Hopea’s display!

spring-sale-blogAlso happening now is Hopea’s (end of) Spring Sale! On now until the end of the month so pop in at Hopea20.com and see if that piece you’ve been coveting has been marked down.

jewelry trunk show posterVery excited to announce Hopea’s latest trunk show at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary! The show will be part of the SODO Block Party which takes place in Calgary’s design district on June 1st. I’ll be setting up in Kit’s amazing shop for three days (May 31 – June 2) and would be love to see any and all of you that happen to be in Calgary!

Hours:
Friday, May 31 – 10-6
Saturday, June 1 – 10-6
Sunday, June 2 – 12 – 5

Kit: http://www.kitinteriorobjects.com/

This week on Hopea, I have an incredible ring by pioneering Danish jewelry designer Poul Havgaard. Havgaard is known for his sculptural designs which were originally executed in iron. The crater-like pieces were created to eventually rust and erode naturally; objects both substantial and ephemeral.

Here are a few of those iron creations from the late 1960s:

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From Donald J. Willcox’s “New Design in Jewelry:

These finger sculptures were built with an acetylene torch, burned with cutting oil to induce black areas, and then the contrasting silver-like surfaces were smoothed with emery paper and steel wool. The iron does eventually rust, especially if subjected to salt water, but it requires no more care than ordinary silver to maintain the smooth surface. The designer is now working with several chemical firms to find epoxy resins which can be coated on the iron surface to permanently prevent rust.

(Don’t you love hearing about the behind-the-scene, technical processes of these sorts of labor intensive pieces?)

In 1971, Havgaard became a head designer (along with Bjorn Weckstrom) at Finnish firm Lapponia where he continued to develop his skill. This stunning ring, currently available on Hopea, combines Havgaard’s interest in erosion and sculpture, with the refinement and clean lines found at Lapponia:

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David Andersen Enamel Necklace NorwayVintage Silver Jorma Laine RingGold Pearl Lapponia Necklace by Bjorn WeckstromA sneak peek at some new arrivals coming to Hopea next week…

1 / David Andersen silver and enamel necklace. The colors of the pendant are just incredible!

2 / Rare silver Jorma Laine ring. So much to love about this ring like its detailing, the bold scale.

3 / Björn Weckström’s gold “Tundra Flower” necklace. I am currently auctioning this gorgeous piece this week with a starting price of $599. Check it out here!

presentsblog-cardTomorrow I leave on a road trip from Calgary back to Vancouver Island for the holidays. After today, Hopea purchases will resume shipment January 1st and I’ll be back in the new year with a bunch of new pieces which I’ve collected in the last couple weeks.

It has been such a great holidays season for Hopea. I really am overwhelmed by the positive response in this my second Christmas and I want to give a big THANK YOU to my customers for all the support!

Happy holidays, all!

(Holiday tags and cards above handmade by local Calgary artisan Branch and Olive.)

Guy Vidal Sculpture Bracelet

Guy Vidal Sculpture Bracelet

Guy Vidal Sculpture Bracelet

Guy Vidal Sculpture braceletVery excited to share the latest addition to the collection – a rare Guy Vidal sculpture bracelet. During the trunk show at Inform Interiors in Vancouver, this piece was the subject of much attention. It was incredible to see people’s faces light up upon witnessing how the sculpture is assembled and disassembled. It captures the imagination like only Guy Vidal can.  The piece is more than just novelty – the wearable bracelet component is just stunning.

1/ In its sculptural form, the piece stands upright with a rotating “fan” component in the center.

2/ The pieces detach from each other to form a second, smaller sculpture and a wearable bracelet.