Category Archives: Catching Up With The Liloveve Community

Student Spotlight: Karoline Bolt

When did you first start making jewelry?

2011

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?

Wax Carving I, Intermediate Wax Carving + intro to silversmithing

Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing your work?

Museums, art + architecture

Where do you sell your work?

Online at KarolineBoltJewelry.com

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What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

The Kenner Necklace

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If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

India

If you could collaborate with another designer / artist, who would it be any why?

Joseph Cornell. Sadly he is no longer with us but he is my favorite artist and I believe he had a way of showing really meaning through simple arrangements of objects

What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

Seeing people wear something you’ve created!

Where can we see your work?

website: KarolineBoltJewelry.com

instagram: @KarolineBolt

twitter: @KBoltJewelry

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facebook.com/KarolineBoltJewelry

Student Spotlight: Angie Colombo

When did you first start making jewelry?

I started making jewelry about 20 years ago.

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?

Intermediate Silversmithing, Tube Setting, Flush Setting, Rose Cut Diamond.

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Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

I draw inspiration from nature and from architecture. I also draw inspiration from people that I make connections with.

Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

Market NYC, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Hester Street, Atlantic Antic, Crafts in Chelsea, Museum School Fair.

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Have you been featured in any press?

Not yet, but I will be in a blog for the Y Life coming soon.

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

My favorite piece that I’ve ever made was a pair of cuff links.  I unfortunately don’t have a photo of them. They were 14mm blue topaz, cushion cut stones set in a sterling silver bezel.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would like to go to Italy, any part.

If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

 Michelle Chang, beautifully simple with lots of animal references.

I’m also interested in collaborating with PatrickIrlaJewelry and Arrok Jewelry.

What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

I get to create things.

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Where can we see your work?

You can find me on Etsy.

Student Spotlight: Amy Madden

When did you first start making jewelry?

As a teenager, I was obsessed with making jewelry. I went to art school with the intention of majoring in jewelry/metals, but ended up focusing on painting and printmaking instead. About 6 years ago, the jewelry bug bit me again.

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?

I’ve taken silversmithing, wax carving, tube setting, flush setting, rose cut diamond, business for designers and I’m currently taking a gold alloying class.

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Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

Although I’m drawn to textiles and other intricate patterns, I tend to keep my jewelry designs very simple. From time to time, I will add a decorative motif or two, although I have a stack of sketches of more baroque pieces I’d like to try out.

Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

I have a website  and I used to participate in a lot of local markets and craft fairs. However, most people find me through my Etsy shop these days.

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

This ring was one of my first experiments in wax carving. I love the sculptural qualities of wax and feel that there are so many possibilities to explore in this medium, if only given the time!

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If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

India—it has a reputation for being a total sensory overload, with both positive and negative aspects. I love the art, the bright colors, and the fragrant spices. Of course, I’m also fantasizing about finding sparkling piles of rubies and sapphires.

If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

I think I’d learn a lot collaborating with Alexander Calder, and I imagine he would be very playful. While he’s well known for his whimsical mobiles, I once came across a book about his jewelry creations. It can be a real challenge to get jewelry to hang right, especially if you want to incorporate asymmetry.

What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

Working with my hands is a true pleasure. This is a good thing, as jewelry making often requires a lot more time fabricating than designing.

Where can we see your work?

My website and etsy page.

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Student Spotlight: Susan Alexandra

When did you first start making jewelry?

I started making jewelry when I was like…9. But my first proper metal working class was in 2012. And as Drake says, nothing was the same…

What class did you take at Liloveve?

I took the wax carving class with Emilie!

Baby Hold on Ring | ring created in Wax Carving I class

Baby Hold on Ring | ring created in Wax Carving I class

Fortune Teller Necklace | pendant created in Wax Carving I class

Fortune Teller Necklace | pendant created in Wax Carving I class

Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

My inspiration is a mix of things that have shaped my aesthetic. Paintings by Frida Kahlo and Jan Bruegel, floral print scarves from Oilily, the gardens of Marie Antoinette and Instragram. I am also very influenced by my current emotional and mental state. A lot of my jewelry is meant to be saviors in the midst of chaos. 

Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

I sell through my site www.susanalexandra.com, retailers in the United States and Japan.

Have you been featured in any press?

Elle.com, March 2014

Elle.com, March 2014

Nylon Magazine, April 2014

Nylon Magazine, April 2014

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Paris in the 1920’s, England in Medieval times where I was a princess in a castle, current times to Columbus, Oh to eat tuna noodle casserole made by my mama.

If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

Rihanna or Frida Kahlo. Or my brilliant best friend and artist Matthew Sabato of Measuring the Marigold.

What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

Working for myself! Creating what is purely my thoughts and feelings. Creating in general!

Where can we see your work?

OR my instragram, susan_alexandra

Check out Susan’s work on her website or follow her in instagram.

Student Spotlight: Olivia Ewing

Liloveve: When did you first start making jewelry?

Olivia Ewing: I’ve been playing around with making jewelry for 5 or 6 years, but I launched my collection a year and a half ago.

LV: What classes have you taken at Liloveve? OL: Tube Setting and Wax Carving

Olivia's pendant from the Wax Carving I class

Olivia’s pendant from the Wax Carving I class

LV: Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

OE: All of my designs are inspired by nature and usually made directly from found elements in nature.gold LV: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

OE: I have been in a few boutiques in Brooklyn and California, but most of my clients find me through Etsy.

LV: What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

OE: My favorite piece is an engagement ring that I recently finished. The client, who lives in Utah, drove all the way to Florida to get twigs from the couple’s favorite tree so that I could cast the twig in white gold and make a custom engagement ring for his girlfriend. I love when the designs I work on have a really romantic story behind them!DSC_0147 LV: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

OE: Definitely Australia; I imagine I would find endless inspiration there. LV: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

OE: Good question… I’ve always enjoyed working on my jewelry alone, but I would love to team up with a great photographer!

LV: What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

OE: I love the entire process- watching a twig or thorn slowly transform into a wearable object. It never ceases to amaze me!icm_fullxfull.35619531_5yoqdjxr9dc8oks8ooo4 Check out more of Olivia’s work on Etsy, Instagram & Facebook

Designing the Perfect Wedding Band

LILOVEVE is a merging of the words live + love, channeling passion beyond design to a way of life. 

Owner and Designer Caroline Glemann shares how she came up with her perfect wedding band.

How long have you been designing rings?

I have been making handmade wedding and engagement bands for 12 years now, and jewelry for some time before that.

It has always been both inspiring and humbling that my work comes into people’s lives at such an important and uniquely special juncture – namely when they fall in love, and propose, and get married. Such a special time!

What is the most memorable wedding you’ve been a part of and what made it so special?

My own! The exchange of rings commemorates the exchange of vows, symbolizes a promise, and is part of creating a lasting memory. Being a jewelry designer, I felt some pressure on deciding how my own ring should be. My husband’s band was made and he knew just what he wanted – a heavy, wide, slightly domed platinum band with a rough natural finish. (And yes, I made him come into the studio and hammer!)

Mine, I was not so clear – did I want gems? a pattern? something antique? I put it aside to think. And got busy – busy with life, busy with work, then busy preparing for the wedding. At last, the night before our wedding day arrived and we had planned to celebrate by slipping away from arriving guests and family with a quiet hotel room and a glass of champagne. Where is your ring? my husband asked. Oh no! I forgot! How could I?

 So it was a rush to the studio, and I had no time to think – to plan. I had to just let it all go and trust in my hands and my intuition. I turned the volume up on the music and lit the torch and began – two hours to turn a lump of yellow gold into my lifetime band. I can always change it later I thought as a consolation. But I never did. It came out beautiful, just the way it was meant to be.hand-carved-wedding-bands

Your best advice to a couple in the midst of wedding planning is:

Enjoy! Remember that it should be delicious…that it is not just about promising to love another person, it is also about being open and allowing someone to love you.

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Join Liloveve this Sunday, April 13th from 12-5pm for Toasted Brooklynthe place for couples seeking inspiration for one-of-a-kind nuptials. You’ll find independent artisans, alternative and offbeat wedding ideas, and handcrafted and eco-friendly goods. Hosted at the beautiful BK Night Bazaar Space at 165 Banker Street in Greenpoint, Liloveve is one of over 80 featured vendors, including some of the area’s best planners, stylists, DJ’s and more. Browse our exclusive selection of wedding, engagement and bespoke jewelry as well as great gift ideas for bridal parties, groomsmen, and your one true love. Complimentary cocktails, wine, ales and food from over a dozen caterers are included in the ticket price,as well as amazing giveaways. We hope to see you there – purchase your tickets today!

Meticulously handcrafted at Liloveve

Meticulously handcrafted at Liloveve, our gorgeous signature gold vine bands are even more stunning in person! On March 9th, our exclusive collections will be on display at Wedding Crashers, NYC’s most unique wedding fair. You will believe in love in at first sight when you see our jewelry for yourself! Featuring delicious food and drinks from amazing caterers, incredible music by awesome DJs, and of course Liloveve, you do not want to miss this wedding planning celebration! ! http://ow.ly/i/4JGMi For more information visit http://brooklynbased.com/wedding-crashers/

Love Every Day <3

With Valentines day in the not so distant past, we are feeling sentimental over here at Liloveve. Sophie and Drew came by the gallery this afternoon to pick up their custom wedding bands and we couldn’t help but crush over the happy couple and their custom rings. *Sigh* love never gets old..
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Caroline also hand crafted Sophie’s engagement ring last year. Ever wondered what the process for creating a custom engagement ring from design to final product looks like? Here’s your chance. Check out the pictures below for a behind the scenes look!
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