studio flowers: paperwhites in bud

Today’s view from the desk in my studio: the paperwhite narcissus I planted last month are in bud now, hooray! (Well, except for a couple of bulbs that are lagging behind… Pretty sure I’ll appreciate those studio flowers in January, though!) (Shown with the Trellis Earrings, Garland Earrings, Rose Window Earrings, and Wisteria Bracelet — I’ve been working on the modern botanical-inspired Mechanical Garden collection — how fitting!)

I’ve loved watching them grow, roots twining around rocks in their minimalist glass vase, like some kind of modern industrial lab version of a botanical illustration.

Next year, I’ll have to remember force a few pots in succession, so I can enjoy these fragrant narcissus from November through February. They’re one of my favorite ways to brighten up my workspace and bring some life and greenery in for the winter!

Want to bring some beauty into your day too? Here’s how I planted these paperwhite narcissus forcing bulbs, and what they looked like as they grew.

See more peeks behind the scenes in my creative life with the studio flowers posts.

See the Mechanical Garden collection

plant shelves: my orchids & other houseplants

If you’ve been following my studio flowers posts, you might be wondering where my potted orchids and other houseplants live when they’re not blooming in my studio. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at my living room plant shelves!

These east- and north-facing windows have the best light in my house, and that’s what the orchids I grow need to rebloom well. (Phalaeonopsis live mostly in the north-facing window, and Oncidiums and a few other higher-light types live in the east-facing window — Euchile mariae and Oncidium ‘Tsiku Marguerite’ have appeared in my studio, as well as a small sedum I keep as a houseplant.)

My vining tropical pitcher plant (Nepenthes ventricosa, I think?) hangs in the east window. Hopefully the Queen’s Tears (Bilbergia nutans) will visit the studio when it blooms this winter — the amazing green and blue flowers are some of my favorites! It’s a large bromeliad, and a “passalong plant” — it’s easy to pass an offshoot on to someone else. Mine came from my granddad. He’s been gone for years now, and I think of him whenever it blooms. I love decorating my home with the things (and plants!) that have meaning to me, like that one. It’s a lifelong project, never finished — I’m always editing, always changing things. But it’s so much more satisfying to have my home fit who I am, where I came from, and where I want to go. (Just like my personal style!)

If you enjoyed this glimpse into my secret plant life, you can see more of my behind-the-scenes studio flowers posts here! Don’t forget to bring a little more beauty into your world.

Introducing Wraptillion’s Studio collection

For the first time, I’m sharing some of my studio art projects with you: one of a kind (or very limited edition) pieces that push my creative thinking in new ways. Think of it as an online (shoppable!) exhibition of my work — the pieces that go bold and strike out in new directions. This collection includes some small kinetic and articulated art sculptures for your home, such as the Flotsam Mobile (shown above) and a few sculptural hanging ornaments (shown below).

see the collection

It also includes bold and more detailed art jewelry (like the Metal Mermaid Earrings and Pendant shown below) — still very wearable, of course, but unique. I hope you enjoy this peek into the kinds of work I create for exhibitions and gallery shows — think of it as an ongoing open studio show!

see the collection

PS As you can imagine, handcrafted art pieces like these take hours and hours of time and focus. I don’t make many each year, and I rarely go back to a project. So if you truly love something, buy it now!

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studio flowers: Oncidium ‘Tsiku Marguerite’ + the Hops, Fuchsia, & Laburnum Earrings

studio flowers: Oncidium ‘Tsiku Marguerite’ + the Hops, Fuchsia, & Laburnum Earrings (with a short video from my studio!)

This week’s studio flowers: my Oncidium ‘Tsiku Marguerite’ orchid is blooming! This lovely (and fragrant!) little plant is one of my favorites. It’s a joy to see it burst into bloom as my garden drips into winter. (Mine is from Seattle Orchid.) This vignette made a great backdrop for some photography today, as well as making me happy every time I glance up at it. (Okay, I left the iron flower frogs and the Heath Ceramics bud vase out of the “real” photos — but I love this behind-the-scenes view.)

Here’s a closeup of those tiny flowers! The dark leaf spots are pretty common for oncidiums in colder temperatures, and aren’t something I worry about. (I grow orchids for my own enjoyment, not for show.)

And here’s what I was working on — a quick video to show how the Hops Earrings, Long Fuchsia Earrings, Short Fuchsia Earrings, and Laburnum Earrings move. It’s hard to tell from still photos that they’re articulated and flow like this. (Click the image below to see the video, or click this link.)

Top row, left to right: the Hops Earrings, Long Fuchsia Earrings, Short Fuchsia Earrings

Bottom row: the Laburnum Earrings

Still photos like the one above do show the scale of these earrings really well, though! You can see that the Laburnum Earrings are a longer, more dramatic version of the Hops Earrings, from my Mechanical Garden collection. The Long Fuchsia Earrings and Short Fuchsia Earrings are similar, but on a more delicate, smaller scale — makes sense, since they’re from the Delicate Botanical collection!

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I hope this week’s studio flowers brought some beauty to your day too! You can see more glimpses of what has bloomed in my studio here.

how to display your jewelry in your home, part 2

how to display your jewelry in your home, part 2

I choose my jewelry the same way I buy art: I love it and want it to be part of my life. When I’m not wearing it, I like to style it as home decor, to add a touch of shine and something special to a bedroom shelf, dresser, or even my home office studio. Here are three more suggestions for how to enjoy art jewelry in your home.

Missed styling suggestions 1-3 in part 1? Click here!

4. In a picture frame

Best if: you’d like to use wall space or vertical space, and you want your art jewelry displayed like art

To display these earrings, I took the glass out of a simple modern frame, added a paper background, and stretched picture wire through small drilled holes. I’ve also added tiny nails or hooks to display necklaces and bracelets this way.

Pro tip: This one sits on a shelf in my studio, but they’re easy to hang on a wall. The simple, clean look would make a great addition to a gallery wall!

Shown, l to r, top to bottom: the Rose Window Earrings, the Small Concentric Ring Earrings, the Garland Earrings, and the Overlapping Earrings

5. A few pieces at a time

Best if: you have a large art jewelry collection, but love minimal style and simple, clean home decor

A storage chest with cork-lined drawers keeps my Garland Earrings and Garland Bracelet (and the rest of my jewelry collection) safe and dust-free, while I enjoy the organic flow of the Bubbles Necklace and Stream of Bubbles Earrings in this vintage Heath Ceramics bowl from my grandmother.

Pro tip: switching the previous week’s pieces for fresh new ones allows you to enjoy your options without feeling overwhelmed by choices — and encourages you to try new combinations of accessories with your favorite outfits.

6. With a mix of everyday objects from your life

Best if: you enjoy less-formal styling that feels uniquely you, not something from a generic magazine look

I’m inspired by everyday objects as well as art, and I love how styling can bring such disparate things together to create a beautiful, uniquely personal vignette. Here, my Short Fuchsia Earrings rest in a shallow celadon green dish with a tiny flower frog, carefully arranged with my Vine Bracelet, the pruners I use on my houseplants, and a small potted sedum. This is the kind of arrangement I might put together after caring for my plants, and enjoy all week. It looks casual but not messy, like my favorite shelfies.

Pro tip: pay attention to balance and how your objects line up (or don’t!) Here, the curved shapes of the dish and pot are balanced by the curving pruner blades, creating a grouping of three objects (often easier to balance.) The straight line of the necklace adds a modern touch to the styling, and the delicate pattern looks great with these small dangle earrings (just like it does as part of an outfit!)

I hope these ideas inspire you to find new ways to enjoy your art jewelry collection even when you’re not wearing it. Let your own glimpse of beauty bring a little more joy into your day.

Looking for more everyday beauty? See my studio flowers posts to see more of the jewelry vignettes I enjoy in my studio. Or, hunt for a new piece to enjoy in your home!

Missed styling suggestions 1-3 in part 1? Click here!

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