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Addicted to vintage... We are designer/makers based in the South of England with more than a slight obssession with vintage jewellery. Its past life. Its secret history...one careful owner or three? Who knows...but we just can't resist it or the urge to recycle it. Rework it. Repurpose it. Re:design it, into unique handcrafted contemporary pieces for the 21st century woman...well we can't wear all of it ourselves. That would be selfish (apparently).

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Artistic friends and new concepts

You often see cafes or restaurants where the art work is for sale but a friend has been able to show off her design skills by designing a room for a hotel!

Laura Luck was invited to decorate a room in Artists Residence Hotel and Gallery in the centre of Brighton. Her room is called The Watchers and as you can see from the image here it is bright and colourful with a number of curious creatures watching over you as you sleep!

The hotel website describes the room: ‘Effortless paintings of Japanese inspired cherry blossom trees inhabited by quirky little creatures surround an elegant four poster bed. The room leads to a balcony with a gorgeous view of the sea and the West Pier.’

There are a total of eleven rooms all decorated by different artists.

Laura found out this week that hers ‘is the most booked out room in the hotel, with people coming back to stay in it every year for weeks on end’. Laura commented, “Pretty chuffed about that!”

armcandii met Laura Luck, an Australian artist living and working mostly in Brighton at a Guerilla Market a couple of years ago. She has exhibited work in New York, London, Rome, Sydney, Canada, Melbourne and Zagreb. Her work delves into the mythology of modern life and its affect on us.

Loving your work Laura!

Logo by webcandii

Last week our artistic director was busy designing a logo for Tea & Sympathy to promote them at the Feast of Dorset in September.

Tea & Sympathy offer a mobile pop-up cafe for events and boutique festivals in their large Moroccan Tent, where they serve fabulous, locally sourced, homemade food. 

So it was obvious both from a design and marketing point of view that this USP had to be conveyed in the logo.  After a meeting over tea and cake with Sharon (of Tea & Sympathy), it was clear she loved the initial sketches.
She wanted to combine the linear feel with a hand written style font and a muted aubergine/purple colourway.  A few designs later and that’s where we ended up, using a combination of two of the original sketches. And not forgetting, a happy customer who loves her logo.

You can find out more about them on their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Logo design service available, contact: mail@armcandii.com

Saturday, 2 July 2011

charming new collection

We’ve launched a new collection – Cosmopolitan - inspired by one of our commissions.  Last year we were approached by a friend’s husband to make a bracelet for Claire for her 30th birthday.

She’d fallen in love with the Links charm bracelets but felt that ‘everyone had one’ so she would like something different.
From that we developed a ‘charm’ bracelet made from semi-precious beads and sterling silver links and toggles.  We have been experimenting with them since and now feel we have some interesting ones to show you as you’ll know if you’ve read our newsletter or visited our website!

Starting with this one made from large purple crackle Agate round beads.  The first ‘charm’ we have chosen to adorn this with is a bead the same as the bracelet.  We’ve also added a recycled element with a papiѐr maché heart, a sterling silver bead and a further glossy round recycled purple bead that contrasts so well with the Agate beads.
crackle Agate

All of the new collection will have a dangling charm made from the same bead that makes up the bracelet; some like this one will also have a recycled element in the form of an additional dangling bead charm ... but only where we have something suitable in our stock of recycled beads.  View collection  Shop collection

Cherry Quartz, vintage beads, Sponge Coral, Ruby Quartz, Rose Quartz, Aventurine & Amazonite