always nice to see your pieces in the front window of a store - birthia has been carrying re:claim for some time now… and following the celebration of their re-opening, after some BEAUTIFUL renovations, they have the shelves restocked!
check birthia out here - or go visit them at 1599 Sundas Street W. (5 min. west of Dufferin St. & Dundas W).
hey ladies and gents.
this is going to be great. bring your old jewelry if you’d like for more extravagant pieces, or just show up. the cost is $30, and it starts at 7:30.
give them a call, visit one of the stores, or check out their website to sign up.
hope to see you there!
recently i’ve been thinking a lot about the existing state, and future of re:claim. i adore this line immensely - it allows me to combine 2 of my favourite things in the entire world: vintage pieces, and jewelry design. however, i have been finding it unproductive to simply create pieces that are meant to be sold at a low cost, and quickly. following this path left me with a sort of gutted feeling about the integrity of the pieces i was creating.
step back: i have never claimed to love everything i make. pieces i create sometimes leave me nearly in tears if i have spent hours and hours on it. sometimes i want nothing more than to simply take a piece apart, bead by bead - but i rarely have the heart. and so, i would photograph it, post it, and watch it like that one puppy who was never adopted. hurting for it, and telling myself, ‘one more week’. as silly as it may sound, it is quite heartbreaking to watch the fruits of your labour collect (cyber) dust, when in your heart you know, it was never meant to leave. so, i have made a decision. it’s a two part decision, and it’s a fairly significant one. i hummed and hawed, and i have literally lost sleep. but i also know without 100% committment to re:claim, i would not be giving it the respect it deserves - and letting re:claim fall by the wayside would break my heart more than watching pieces go unwanted.
therefore…… i am cleaning house - all re:claim pieces (for a very limited time), are on sale. 50% off on sale. yes. really. the point is to clear out all the pieces that i love dearly, and do not want to deconstruct. the point is to get them into homes, and allow them to breathe new lives.
50% off all pieces currently in the re:claim store - until July 31st, or until all sells out. (enter ‘CLEANOUT’ when checking out)
and then, a new beginning. i will be creating 5 pieces per season for the line ‘re:claim’. 5 one of a kind pieces, this does mean a few things. 1. it means the pieces will be more expensive. i will likely spend hours on each piece, and a large amount of materials. i’ll be scouting as usual, but being more predjudice about the materials i select and purchase to use. all in all, i’m excited for the change.
and for those of you who are looking for a lower cost alternative, with a similar styling, check out thackeray’s vanity.
welcome to 2012 everyone!
what a great oppourtunity to start anew; to learn from the past, and move forward with aggression, realism, and a solid plan; to set out goals, and work through each of them, piece by piece.
what do you hope to see from re:claim in 2012?
things we have in store:
- shows, shows SHOWS!
- potential store collaborations (in the works currently - exciting, i know)
- new designs for spring of 2012
- new branding. large process, but this is one of our huge goals this year.
hope that everyone has had a fantastic 2011…. and is ready for the wonderful new thing that we have been given - a chance to start fresh!
this is what we’ve been working on….
check out the facebook invite here….. come one, come all!
a few photos from the show (sorry for the crummy quality…. BB camera is not all it’s cracked up to be).
a quick sale update
The ‘sale of the century’ was a success Tuesday night, spending time meeting other vendors, chatting, and getting to hang out at zocalo for drinks, some snacks, and great music.
I wanted to shout out to a few people specifically, who I met, and had a great time chatting with – not to mention admired their art to the umpteenth degree!
Jacob rolfe, who had his screen printed posters for sale… ranging from $5 to $100. Beautifully crafted prints… I truly adored his work, and if I didn’t have such a small apartment (or if I could actually hang frames in my place), I would have bought a TON.
I also truly enjoyed Ashley Winnington-Ball’s jewelry – she was right on my aesthetic queue with her rings specifically.
Check out her website here.
then finally, Janet MacPherson, from rogue taxidermy, had her incredible ceramics… of which I almost bought 4 or 5 pieces. Her items are hilarious and beautiful – my favourite being a two headed calf, with gold glazed base.
Special thanks to my wonderful friend erin, who ended up spending most of the night with me – while we chatted about robots!
The next show is on its way – more details to come soon… including a standalone show, and some collaborative projects!
Tuesday September 20th, from 7pm - 10pm, re:claim is participating in the ‘Sale of the Century’… at zocalo.
Melissa, the coordinator, has managed to pull together a a night of shopping, drinking and eating at the restaurant. She envisioned a vintage sale, which quickly turned into a night of old and new friends peddling our various wares for money, barter, hugs, promises, drinks, etc.
Other participants include:
- ADR will offer readings as a Tarot apprentice (for ten dollars per reading).
- Janet MacPherson (finally back from her 3 year stint in Ohio) will sell her beautiful ceramics.
- Melissa selling spoils from her vintage (and lightly used clothing) collection.
- (likely that Barbara Lindenberg will show a dance)
Would you like to join us?
re:claim will have some goodies from the summer 2011 line, as well as new goodies from the fall 2011 line (not yet on bigcartel!)
Come out to check out the wonderful array of vintage-y goodness in Toronto. Hope to see you all there!
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earrings from the new fall 2011 line
coming soon to the store at big cartel