The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, it’s time to get back in the studio and take a class with us!
Saturday + Sunday | July 16 + 17 | 11am-5:00pm | $240 | Register Now!
In this weekend workshop we’ll be exploring different styles and techniques to create your Perfect Pendant. Learn to construct bezel settings for cabochon, faceted gemstones, and fancy shaped stones. Working with sterling silver, we use hammer and stamps, as well as high polish, and oxidized finishes to accentuate textures and highlight designs. Students may bring their own stones or purchase from the tutor’s collection. Materials are provided.
Check out some of our students amazing work!!!
We absolutely love Emilie Shapiro’s work so much. Not just her incredible use of natural stone elements and recycled metals but how she pairs them with contemporary techniques and experimentation that are incorporated into her work as a celebration of the beauty of natural imperfection. All production and resources are kept as local as possible, and every piece is handmade in Emilie’s studio in New York City.
She’s also one of our dear friends and a Liloveve instructor. Emilie has a fantastic book launching April 5th at Artist & Fleas, however we have her giving a lecture in Jewelry Production here at the studio April 2, check out more info here.
Here’s a fun Q & A we had with the talented designer:
Liloveve Studio: When did you first start making jewelry?
Emilie Shapiro: I started making jewelry when I was 13 and haven’t stopped since!
LS: What class(es) have you taught at Liloveve?
ES: I’ve taught just about everything but focus on wax carving, jewelry production and special techniques like keum boo and water casting.
LS: Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?
ES: Textures, color and movement in nature. I studied dance for twenty years and am very inspired by how the body moves and how pieces move with the body.
LS: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?
ES: My work is sold in galleries, museums and specialty boutiques nationally like Anthropologie, Sundance Catalog and The American Museum of Natural History.
LS: Have you been featured in any press?
ES: My work has been featured in publications such as Vogue Japan, Elle Greece and Brooklyn Magazine.
LS: What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?
ES: That’s a difficult question because it always changes! My current favorite piece is the mosaic wilted collar. The construction and movement of this piece are really wonderful.
LS: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
ES: Mars. I can’t even imagine the colors and textures you would find there….
LS: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?
ES: I think I’d like to time travel to meet my great grandfather Abe Parker. He was an inventor and designer, most famous for his invention of the blue dot light that were used as flash bulbs for cameras. I would love to work on lighting and large scale mechanical sculptures with him – so waiting until time travel is possible!
LS: What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?
ES: Working with my hands every day is so satisfying. Being a designer connects me with so many interesting people and brings me to interesting places.
LS: Where can we see your work?
ES: http://www.emilieshapiro.com | @emilieshapirojewelry
Book Launch Event details / ticket sales – www.emilieshapiro.com/book/
Register for the Production Workshop with Emilie here
Here’s a slideshow of just some of her fabulous work!
This past Sunday – Tuesday was the jewelry industry’s MJSA Expo. I went to the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan’s west side on a cold rainy Monday morning to check out what’s new and exciting in the industry. I’m so happy I did! Among all the new CAD programs and laser machines I found a handful of local vendors that I would happily recommend to our students here at the Liloveve Studio.
One of which was the amazing and unusual gems that Bill Gangi presented.
Here’s some cool pics!
LJS: What’s your background? How did you get into jewelry making, and when?
LAE: I am Nigerian. Born and raised in the Northern parts of Nigeria. I have a Bachelors in Engineering from Nigeria and Master in Business and Innovation from Lancaster, UK and a Diploma in Gemstones from GIA. It has always been about the gemstones for me. They inspire me to create. I started collecting stones at a very young age and only started creating pieces with them in university/ college.
LJS: Describe your process, from inspiration to final product. Do you draw a design first or do you just start creating? Is it different everytime?
LAE: Inspiration for me comes mainly from gemstones. I am also inspired by where I come from and nature
LJS: Do you ever hit creative road blocks? How do you remedy that?
LAE: Yes I do. I just take short trips if I can or visit my favorite nature tumblr blogs.
LJS: What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?
LAE: It has to be the clustered pendant neck-pieces,
LJS: What class(es) have you taken at Liloveve?
LAE: The Gold Workshop
LJS: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?
LAE: I don’t know too many designers but I recently saw Hampley Design online. I would work with them because they have unique style and a similar inspiration to mine.
LJS: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?
LAE: I have exhibited in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Washington DC. I plan to do more shows locally and internationally. They will be listed on my blog – myminastones.blogspot.com. I currently sell online at http://www.myminastones.com
LJS: Have you been featured in any press?
Join us this weekend for a great foundation class in stone setting!
This Saturday and Sunday, Dec 12 + 13, 11am-5:30pm Register Now!
The bezel setting is the earliest method for setting gemstones into jewelry – and hasn’t changed much over the last few thousands years. To create a bezel, you take a piece of metal and fabricate it to the size and shape of the outside of the stone. You then place the stone inside the bezel and push the metal over the top the stone.
Bezels are a simple, clean and secure approach to setting gemstones. They keep your gem safe and clean from dirt and don’t catch clothing.