ProonK Mother’s Day Sale & Memphis Metal Museum

I have great news times two today! Especially for everyone who is still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

#1: From today until May 12, ProonK will have a Mother’s Day SALE online at the ProonK Etsy Store. 10% of the item price will be discounted when entering the Promo Code ‘MothersDay14’ during checkout. Also, keep in mind that worldwide shopping is free!

#2: ProonK Jewellery will be available at the Memphis Metal Museum Shop soon! I am super excited about the possibility to show there. Please go and have a look, if you’re in Memphis!

button earrings lime green, gem green hand‘Lace Button’ Earrings, 999 Fine Silver, Enamel, Lime Green & Gem Green

button earrings periwinkle, raspberry hand‘Lace Button’ Earrings, 999 Fine Silver, Enamel, Periwinkle & Raspberry

button ring royal blue nile green hand‘Lace Button’ Ring, 999 Fine Silver, Enamel, Royal Blue & Cascade Blue

chili earrings grass green hand‘Lace Chili’ Earrings, 999 Fine Silver, Enamel, Spring Green

button necklace turquoise, cascade blue hand‘Lace Button’ Earrings, 999 Fine Silver, Enamel, Turquoise & Nile Green

Happy spring everyone and have a lovely Mother’s Day!

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New ProonK ‘Lace’ Collection on Etsy

Great news! The new ProonK ‘Lace’ Collection is now available on Etsy.

The pieces are made from hand-crocheted fine silver wire and kiln-fired enamel. All jewellery is entirely hand made by myself from beginning to finish in the Utica, NY studio.

Due to the nature of the crochet and the enamel, every piece looks slightly different, a fact that I am very happy about. I like to believe that this ensures individuality in the pieces. They all have their own little character.

The actual collection contains earrings, necklaces, rings, cufflinks and I am constantly working to enlarge the range. Inspiration comes from organic natural shapes, like chilis, mushrooms and buds but also from architectural elements and insects.

My latest prototypes took me back to my fascination with bugs and flies. This time, I wanted to create shapes that resembled their idols but would not have a ‘creepy’ character to them. It is also important to me to experiment with the crocheted mesh and the enamel. I find that once the crochet-structure is enameled, it resembles window enamel, almost like a modern take to the Jugendstil jewellery of the early 1900’s. I have always been a great admirer of René Lalique. So, for my insect inspiration, I wanted to find a way to connect the crochet-mesh and the enamel with a frame. I am very happy with the results of my experimentation, since the ‘wings’ of the insects really look like little windows that create amazing shadows and new colours once they overlap. There will be more experiments to come soon. I have quite a few more ideas I would like to try.

If you are interested in purchasing pieces from the new ProonK ‘Lace’ Collection please have a look at my Etsy ProonK Shop.

I very much hope you enjoy my new designs!Commissions are always welcome.

water blue light blue button earrings‘Lace Button’ Earrings in Water Blue and Light Blue Enamel.

white dark blue ring‘Lace Button’ Ring in White and Dark Blue Enamel.

water blue light blue box earring‘Lace Box’ Earrrings in Water Blue Enamel.

chili necklace waterblue2‘Lace Chili’ Necklace in Water Blue Enamel.

bell lace earrings2‘Lace Bell’ Earrings in Water Blue Enamel.

chili button lace earrings peppermint orange‘Lace Button Chili’ Earrings in Peppermint and Orange Enamel.

bud button lace earrings light blue white2‘Lace Button Bud’ Earrings in Light Blue and White Enamel.

bell button lace earrings waterblue lime2‘Lace Button Bell’ Earrings in Water Blue and Lime Green Enamel.

water blue dragonbug earrings‘Lace DragonBug’ Earrings in Water Blue Enamel.

dragonfly light blue yellow2‘Lace DragonFly’ Earrings with Light blue and Lime Green Enamel.

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Inspiration – Hedda Bjerkeli

It sure has been a while again since my last post and really, I should be working on my display for pieces that will be on show at Broad Street Gallery in Hamilton, NY. …for anyone in the area who is still looking for something special for Christmas, this might be the place to go.

Still, I stumbled over the work of artist Hedda Bjerkeli this morning and I instantly fell in love with one piece. It is a brooch that at first sight might look pretty simple due to its oval shape but taking a closer look reveals millions of little details and characteristics that make this brooch exquisite. I love the way the enamel looks messy and in some sort natural. It has an incredible ‘home-ly’ feel to it. It is calm but at the same time incredibly vibrant. The stitching, is it crochet?, really pushes me over the edge… I can see parallels to my graduation pieces and future ideas for many more pieces to come. I am excited!

The workshop is almost ready by the way and I can’t wait to have a big enameling session soon. More good things to come…

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Work and photo credits: Hedda Bjerkeli

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Work and photo credits: Hedda Bjerkeli

Lisa Juen – Become One, Ring 2007

Lisa Juen – Snembryo, Brooch 2007

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‘Exupéa’

Earlier this year, I was asked if I was interested in taking part in the ‘FlourishRing‘ Exhibition at Kath Libbert Gallery in Saltsmill, UK. In 2010, I took part in their exhibition ‘IntoFlora‘ and I was very happy to hear that the gallery wanted to feature my work again.

The theme of the exhibition was inspired by the gallery’s 16th anniversary and asked for a ring with exuberant qualities. 100 jewellery makers around the world were asked to take part.

I am more of a brooch-girl, which means I have a preference of making brooches, rather than other forms of jewellery. I have, of course, made a few rings in the past but since it has been quite a while back, I decided to make a new ring for the exhibition.

Working on the ring turned out to be a lot of fun. It was very refreshing to walk new paths and experiment with ring shapes, rather than brooch fittings.

Based on the exuberant topic, I decided to work with a peacock theme. I wanted the ring to show off in every way but doing so with grace and style. I started fiddling around with Chinese fabric knots and peacock feathers but came to the conclusion that the feather is exuberant enough and I found it more intriguing to work with the peacock’s striking colours instead. I have been thinking about reintroducing enamel into my work for quite a while and this seemed the perfect topic for experimenting. I ended up working with different layers of enamel, trying to construct translucent glazes and give it a relief looking surface structure. The ring was completed with a big lavender coloured cubic zirconia stone in the middle, holding a rainbow colour changing LED.

‘Exupéa’, Ring, 2012, stainless steel, enamel, cubic zirconia, LED, battery box, light switch, cable.
Photography: Savinder Bual

The ‘FlourishRing‘ exhibition opened July 12 and will be on show until September 30. Next to ‘FlourishRing‘, there is another exhibtion, ‘Flourish‘, on show, featuring the work of ten international jewellery makers. During the exhibition period, the audience is encouraged to pick their favourite ring and have a picture taken with it. The ring that will have the most ‘likes’ in the end will win a £250 cash price. I will keep fingers crossed for all featured artists! You can have a preview on the rings on the gallery’s website to get a first impression.

If you happen to be in the UK, please go and check it out! The pictures of the exhibition opening looked really intriguing. Please don’t forget to send me a pic once you are there. I would really appreciate it!

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ProonK Design Jewellery

Here they are, the newest creations from the ProonK studio!

General info:

All ProonK products are made from laser-cut stainless steel that is then hand-assembled and crafted by myself. This process ensures that all jewelry retains its individual character and is therefore a one off design.

 

GLOBALORETTES

The ‘Globalarette’ series introduces LED lights that hide behind the stones to make them illuminate and sparkle. The LED’s can be switched on and off and the battery is changeable. All ‘Globalorettes’ come with a certificate and an individual running number to ensure they are truly unique.

Available CZ stone colours: diamond, honey yellow, fire opal (orange), peridot (light green), pink, garnet (dark red), lavender (light purple), amethyst (dark purple).

Available LED colours: white, yellow, orange, red, green, blue, rainbow (colour change).

Stone and light colour can be individually chosen.

'Busy Lee', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'CalRoach', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'DoroFly', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'LaraBug', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'LotLita', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'MayBarb', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'ScarLab', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'TeclAntula', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

 

SOLITAIRE

The ‘Solitaire’ collection features creations concentrating on stainless steel and Cubic Zirkonia. Choose from various rings, earrings and cufflinks.

Available CZ stone colours: diamond, honey yellow, fire opal (orange), peridot (light green), emerald (dark green), topaz (blue), pink, garnet (dark red), lavender (light purple), amethyst (dark purple), onyx (black).

Stone colours and colour combinations can be individually chosen.

'Solitaire Ring', Solitaire Series, Rings. Stainless Steel, CZ.

'Cluster Ring', Solitaire Series, Ring. Stainless Steel, CZ.

'Clover Ring', Solitaire Series, Ring. Stainless Steel, CZ.

'Solitaire Earrings', Solitaire Series, Earrings. Stainless Steel, CZ, Silver 925.

'Solitaire Cufflinks', Solitaire Series, Cufflinks. Stainless Steel, CZ.

 

PROONK PACKAGING

Each ProonK Jewellery piece comes in its own little box.

Here are two examples: the ‘MeiHua’ Bookmark and the ‘Clover Ring’ packaging.

All designs and graphics have been created by myself.

ProonK 'MeiHua' Bookmark Packaging

ProonK 'MeiHua' Bookmark Packaging

ProonK 'MeiHua' Bookmark Packaging

ProonK 'Clover Ring' Packaging

ProonK 'Clover Ring' Packaging

 

I hope you will enjoy ProonK Jewellery just as much as I do!

If you have any questions or enquiries, please drop me a line.

www.proonk.com, www.lisa-juen.com