Boho-chic jewelry designers get their inspiration from the most unexpected places.
By Leslie Turk
A free spirit with anchors to the past.
That’s how jewelry designer Deidre Anne Froelich of Gypset Honey describes her distinctive accessory line — fashioned of finds that come from estate sales, flea markets, antique shops and any other place she thinks might offer a unique twist on the past. Froelich turns them into treasures, repurposing them to create today’s hottest looks.
A spent bullet casing as the foundation for a trendy necklace? That’s just what this native Texan did for one particular piece — pictured above and available at Hemline for $80. She personally collected shell casings from a shooting range, adding a crystal projectile to the brass case. It’s the perfect piece for anyone looking to create a boho-chic look, says Hemline Manager Stephanie Theriot, and stacks well with similar artistic creations, like designer Vanessa Mooney’s $44 turquoise spike (also pictured).
So we’ve established that spent bullet casings can be unexpectedly cool. How about guitar strings? Noami Celestin will easily convince you they’re worth salvaging. The New Orleans native and former development director at the Acadiana Center for the Arts splits her time between Lafayette and New Orleans, where she creates jewelry from broken guitar strings. In January she launched ReStrung, fusing her passion for art and music into one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.
Much to her surprise, the company took off so quickly that Celestin stopped taking new clients at her a web development firm, NOLA Design Studio.
She got the idea when a friend who had a collection of guitar strings hanging from a hook on his wall offered them to her, suggesting she might create something out of them.
Celestin remembered reading about an artist who was creating necklaces from used guitar strings, so she decided to try it. Her first three pairs of earrings sold on Etsy the same day she put them up. “Two of the pieces sold within 10 minutes,” she says. “I think it was coincidence, but it was great.”
She quickly realized that she wouldn’t even have to buy the materials; she could use broken guitar strings. Celestin comes from a family of musicians and has lots of friends in the music business, hence an endless supply of materials. “I take anything,” Celestin says, “mandolin strings, banjo strings.” Now part of a full line of accessories incorporating ethically sourced semi-precious stones and beads and fresh-water pearls, the pieces range from $15 to $100 and are available in four retail stores in New Orleans. They will soon be offered in Lafayette at Mixology Interiors & Art, which opens in mid-August in the Oil Center Gardens. (What’s especially cool about Celestin’s company is that she donates 5 percent of her profits to The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.)
|A new wave of jewelry designers employs a wide array of recycled materials, from used guitar strings (above, by local designer Naomi Celestin) to spent bullet casings.|
Endless are the possibilities for wearing these recycled pieces to accessorize this fall’s free-spirited look, which continues to draw on bohemian and hippie influences. “They can be paired with anything from a T-shirt to a vest or sweater,” Theriot says. “They’re going to pair well with leather and suede, which are another big thing this year.”
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Hot style for fans (and beyond)
Four bedroom Acadian or three bedroom traditional
Prestigious honor annually recognizes a single attorney for excellence in public interest/pro bono work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
"I have never seen anyone who worked harder for our people than Sen. Mary Landrieu, so I would like to share a synopsis of a few of the many things she has done to help Louisiana."
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
Three bedroom Acadian or a two bedroom town home
Ready to geaux in purple and gold
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.