Monday, March 31, 2014

In the Press: Flourish and Thrive - Designer Spotlight

AS FEATURED IN FLOURISH AND THRIVE
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: CATHERINE MARCHE

Designer Spotlight: Catherine Marche

catherinemarche

A brief story of what you do and why you do it

I design and hand make limited edition bespoke jewelry with a hint of French playfulness. My elegant and chic creations are made of precious metals enhanced by semi-precious stones and pearls for a clientele who rejoices wearing something with an individual sense of style. I have several collections for all occasions.
My creations include engagement and wedding rings, rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets created in limited edition or as bespoke orders.
I believe “Everyone deserves to look and feel stunning with beautiful and playful pieces which enhance their inner beauty and is a fashion statement of the wearer’s personality.”

How did you get into jewelry design?

I was always interested in wearing jewellery. I made a few beaded pairs of earrings and necklaces as a child. I progressed later on to commissioning pieces like earrings, pendants and rings to be made to my specifications. A natural progression was to learn how to make them myself.
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What materials do you work with?

I work with sterling silver and 18K gold. I also like setting gemstones and pearls. My favorite pearls are baroque unusual shape pearls and lustrous dark Tahitian pearls. The gemstones I am fond of this season are sapphire, aquamarine, white moonstone and tourmalines

What makes your collection unique?

I designs with soft lines, simplicity and colour, and that gives my collection an elegant timeless chic edge. I love to create bespoke designs to commission with the challenge of making a dream come to life. I like mixing new and antique technique like photo etching and Keum Boh or granulation.
My pieces are quite versatile, allowing the wearer to mix them and wear the same items in different occasions to create a different look.

What are your inspirations?

My inspiration comes from my French cultural heritage and is fuelled by my travels.  Think French cancan meets statue of Liberty (which is also French, LOL ). Ideas just come to me when I am in a great mood. I usually like to listen to music when crafting and the style of the music may dictate my work that day.
I am also in awe of antique jewellery: Roman, Greek and Egyptian, which I love contemplating in museums. It is fabulous being able to change and adapt depending on the music I am listening to, the materials I am dealing with, the colors I am inspired by, the words that come to my mind.
Sometimes, I will think of a word (like Temptation), and create a line around it.
Sometimes, I will be inspired by a gemstone and create a setting around it to enhance its beauty.
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How are you making a difference in your life?

I sponsor charities, and send money from my profit to people and children far away. For example on Kiva, I help people set up their business ventures, Bethany children home for aids orphans in South Africa, Tara (Romanian orphans)…

What’s something unusual about you that makes you “you”?

Hum, that is not an easy question! I have a lovely French accent, and speak several different languages. Having lived in several countries, I am able to understand how taste varies from one place to another depending on your culture.

What’s the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business? OR What is your biggest success in running your business like a business?

Struggle… constant promotion and lookout for new venues is a big challenge. Most jobs only are from 9 to 5pm, being an artist is a whole different way of life. You think it, you dream it, you make it, you are IT.
The biggest success for me is to realise that people around the world appreciate my pieces. It warms up by heart and encourages me to continue. It is a big pleasure and honour knowing a person will cherish what you have made and give it an emotional value as it often represents a moment in someone’s life.
bio

Hello, my name is Catherine Marche, I am a French designer from Paris, brought-up internationally, now established in London. Passionate about jewels, I design elegant, chic and stylish jewellery pieces. I am an active member of jewellery associations in the UK and my work has been published in a few jewellery books.

http://shop.Catherinemarche-designs.com/ in the UK
http://kalicat.etsy.coom for USA
http://kalicat.alittlemarket.com for France
and http://kalicat.dawanda.com for Europe
Twitter: @Catherinemarche
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Marche-Jewellery
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/Catherinemarche/

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dawanda - Spring Special Offer

The Spring Special has begun! 12% off participating products
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It's time for DaWanda's Spring Special! From today, for a limited time only, you can get 12% off in at least two different DaWanda main categories each day (excluding the 'SALE' category).
All participating shops and products will be marked with a little speech bubble so you can easily where you can save. To get things off to a great start, we've got 12% off in all categories today!
 

Friday, March 14, 2014

field of Hope exhibitoin at Cursley and Bond gallery

as seen in the NAJ
I enjoyed creating a Daffodil to help raise funds for charity

Folkestone Gallery Creates Field of Hope

13 March 2014

  • Company Name : Cursley & Bond
  • Press Contact Name : Nicola Cursley-Bond
  • Press Contact Telephone Number : 01303 255037
  • Press Contact Email : gallery@cursleyandbond.co.uk

Cursley & Bond, the sensational jewellery, craft and art gallery that opened in Folkestone's Old High Street last summer has worked with Cancer Research UK to create a 'Field of Hope'.
33 handmade Daffodils, the flower of hope, each made in the artist's chosen medium, spring out of the turf on a purpose built display taking up the front of the gallery and will stay on display throughout March.  Award winning, internationally known designers and artists, such as: Thurle Wright; The Justified Sinner; Catherine Marche and Janine Partington have donated their time and skills to this unusual exhibition alongside cancer survivors and craft enthusiasts.
The display will raise much needed funds for Cancer Research by raffling off the flowers throughout March. Visitors are invited to buy as many £2 raffle tickets as they like and put them against one or more flowers of their liking.  Those choosing to buy 10 or more tickets are also put into the free draw for a one off The Justified Sinner daffodil brooch, entirely hand-made in sterling silver and set with a natural mandarin garnet, worth over £300.

On Mothering Sunday, 30th March, at 12.00, there will be a special Prize Giving event, complete with live music, in a marquee at the bottom of the Old High Street, near the harbour, where the lucky winners of each flower will be announced.

Nicola Cursley-Bond, the designer behind Designed By Bond jewellery and the curator of the gallery explained the reason for the event, "Both of us, my husband Chris and I, lost our mothers to cancer within 2 weeks of each other, just before Mothering Sunday last year. We wanted to do something to honour them at a time that is difficult for us and our families. They both loved flowers and would be happy to be remembered in a way that raises money for others affected by cancer."

“We are truly grateful and thrilled by the response so far: to the people who have made daffodils for the event and to those who are putting their hands in their pockets to buy the raffle tickets.”

Recommended Retail Price / Price Range : Raffle tickets are £2 each

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

KISS ME I'M IRISH

KISS ME I'M IRISH

KISS ME I'M IRISH by white-silk featuring j-brand jeans, 
featuring alluring mint green

Green sweater
sheinside.com


J Brand j-brand jeans
$320 - farfetch.fr



Green handbag
udobuy.com


Chrysoprase earrings
by Catherine Marche


Sydney evan
saksfifthavenue.com


Tom ford
bloomingdales.com


Essie
$21 - nelly.com

Monday, March 3, 2014

New Fundraising show - Field of Hope - Cancer Research UK

Field of Hope: With award winning, internationally known artists and designers from all around the world involved, this fundraising show is a fantastic opportunity to not only help us raise much needed funds for Cancer Research UK, but to win your favorite designer daffodil on our special prize giving day.

Field of Hope designers have created unique Daffodils, which are being exhibited at the Cursley and Bond gallery, in Folkestone, UK



 

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