What's Inspiring Sofie This Month...
Tattoos, Intaglio, Old-World Techniques & Tradition
My love of old is nothing new. Ever since I was a little girl, I would go through my grandmother's drawers of jewelry. I would get lost in these beautiful miniature collections of handmade jewelry from all over the world, both delicate and rough, made by skilled generations of jewelers and traveling nomads. There was so much history in those little drawers.
I've always loved and been inspired by signets, seal rings, and ID bracelets, but I'm gravitating towards their old-world, androgynous appeal this month in particular. I absolutely love animal themed jewelry, pieces that are simple and often masculine. Engravings, intaglios, reverse glass painting, and enamel are all equally inspirational. The design of the early 1900s, 1950s, and NOW are eras that I am drawn to creatively.
With this in mind, I have been working on my engraving skills for quite a while, and the biggest inspiration this year has been tattoo art in general and specifically, the art of Duke Riley. Tattooing is just a small part of his art, which probably is why it translates so well. The other two artists that I'm particularly inspired by this season are Sevan Biçaçki (who’s craftsmanship and imagination are stunning), and of course my long-time inspiration, Rene Lalique, whose work is so precise, delicate, and whimsical.
The techniques of tattooing and engraving are so similar, and incorporating that into my new cuffs, and ID bracelets is an exciting challenge for me. I'm also enjoying the added challenge of working out the design, weight, dimensions and subject matter of the more masculine signet and seal rings.
The month of May is traditionally a month of victory, change, and rebirth, and I am embracing new ideas and inspirations while creating the Stag Ring and the Desert ID Bracelet.
As you may know, the three of us are all moms, with kids ranging in age from 5 to 29. Being a mom is the best work, the hardest work, and the most inspiring work anyone can do. It's endlessly challenging, but equally rewarding. The three of us are so incredibly lucky that our kids have all been a big part of our business: they endure our endless work hours, balancing our home life with our business life, and are often our greatest support system, giving honest feedback, and (almost) always lending a hand when needed. We are thankful that we get to be moms and we collectively honor all moms, grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, trans mothers, aunts, bonus moms and great-grandmothers out there!
As moms we know how nice it is to be recognized any day at all, ( I mean, really...) but especially on Mothers Day. Flowers are great, a meal is super sweet, a gift, well, fantastic, but you wanna know what the most special thing you can do for the mom in your world is? Tell her how much she means to you...take her for a hike and talk to her about what's going on in your life, or if you aren't near her, call her and ask her to tell you a story that you don't know about her. That connection is the raddest, most special thing you can do for your madre ladies, we think.
Though we each are lucky enough to have multiple women in our lives who have helped to shape us, guide us, inform us, love us and inspire us, these are the ladies we came from, in all their glory.
Our madres...moms, mör...they helped to create us, and make us who we are...and we love 'em. Here is some insight into how each of our mamas helped shape us into who we are and how we create.
When I was 9 or 10 years old, my mom and I lived in a big, beautiful (but kind of beat up) old house near downtown Tucson with one of her best friends. She was a rock'n'roll-er, loved music, and would often take me to concerts—all sorts of concerts, from Diana Ross, to Devo, to ZZ Top. One night, in the springtime, we were home and she was getting herself super dolled up for a Ramones concert at the University (sadly, I wasn't invited.)
I remember so distinctly her super rad outfit: she was wearing 501s and a vintage beaded sequin shell top with a pair of custom cowboy boots ( a Tucson staple for every era), her hair was frizzed out, and her makeup was on-point. She looked amazing and unique and not at all like the other moms that I knew, and I was so inspired. My mom has always been a jeweler, and she introduced me to what has now become my main creative outlet (music, big surprise, being the first). She has shaped me, without even really being aware of it, in so many great ways and in ways that I will always be so grateful for. Love you mom, you wild thing.
Moms. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.
That’s where that saying really comes from.
But in my older age, I admit to leaning more toward the latter.
Little Shit. That’s what she called me from the beginning.
That’s what I’ve become. Ask anyone.
You can’t take yourself too seriously. But I still try. My mom still tries to laugh most things off. It’s good medicine. When you have a dramatic daughter, it’s good to keep your humor close at hand.
She knows how to hustle, this mom of mine. She is not a slow person. She moves quickly.
While she does play pool, her primary game, for some years now, has been poker.
I wouldn’t say she’s this kind of hustler, but then again…
If something needs to happen, you make it happen. That’s what she taught me.
I’m grateful that my mother provided me just enough struggle and just enough love to make me a resilient person. My mom exhibited generosity and modeled that for me, in her own way.
I’m glad she tried. After all, she was just eighteen when she got pregnant with me. So, thanks, mom. I love you mega mucho.
Mother shipped me off to a jeweler mentor in Lønstrup (North Denmark), for one week when I was 14, which is where I then learned basic metalsmithing and fell in love with the craft. She knew that I was ready before I knew I was ready, and even bought a shoebox full of used tools from him which I still use today.
This was just one occasion that began making me what I am today. She taught me most things, if not directly, and was always involved somehow.
Thanks to her, I became independent & strong, and confident to trust my own instinct & follow my intuition.
Most importantly, she inspired me to be a mom along the way, all the while making me feel like I was the center of her universe.
I miss her.
Here is is! The Golden Jackrabbit Tee for kids! We are so excited about how super sweet they turned out. Designed by the uber talented Ellen Wagner, for our T-shirt design contest and printed by our pals at Tanline Printing, these cuties are limited edition, so don't miss out on your chance to pick up this great collaborative gem.
And can we possibly rave enough about the iconic HOOD CITY Trucker Hats made in Tucson? No, we can't, because simply put: they just plain rule. They are designed and printed by CREAM Design & Print.
We live in the desert, and that sun casts a mighty bright light out onto us, so we all need to protect our eyeballs from those dangerous rays. We have been searching for just the right sunnies for MAST, and we have found them in CRAP Eyewear. Well made, and in styles for both men and women, these embrace the "3 Fs" of sunglasses: Form, Function, and Fun. We have 9 different styles in stock; come to the store to pick your favorite to take you through the summer and beyond!