Friday, April 30, 2010

Epic Sustainable Living Expo 2010

ecocessories is excited to announce that I'll be a part of the upcoming sustainable living expo, EPIC Vancouver. Epic Expo is one of the first places I attended that inspired me to start living green, and eventually launch this eco-artisan business. I am excited to be a part of this show, and to reach even more eco-fashionistas with my sterling silver & recycled bead designs. Watch this video to learn more about the show, happening on May 28, 29 & 30, 2010.

{If you can't see the video, click here to watch}

ecocessories will be accepting recycled jewelry at the show, so please bring me any of your old, broken, unwanted jewelry. My jewelry recycling service is an alternative to taking these items to the thrift store, or throwing out those single earrings, broken necklaces, etc. I will disassemble it and use it as recycled beads in my new designs, and you will have the reassurance of knowing a Canadian artist has found new inspiration in your materials!

p.s. Today is the LAST day for Mother's Day guaranteed arrival, the LAST day to save $10 for Earth Day, and the LAST day for 10% of your purchase to benefit the David Suzuki Foundation! Order online now.

Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Eco-Friendly Earrings for Mother's Day

A sweet gift for mom this upcoming Mother's Day would be a pair of ecocessories earrings! There are many styles to choose from and you can show Mom you care about both her and the Earth. Mother's Day purchases should be ordered by April 30, 2010 to guarantee Free Ground Shipping in Canada with guaranteed pre-Mother's Day arrival.

{Cloudy Reflection Circle Earrings}

When you order by April 30th, 10% of your purchase is donated to the David Suzuki Foundation, a team of people who are visionaries when it comes to environmental change in Canada. Also, you get to use the $10 off Earth Day coupon, which expires April 30th - meaning you could get a pair of Everyday Earrings, reg. $29, for as low as $19 for a limited time!

{Light Aqua Everyday Earrings}

ecocessories earrings are high quality, sterling silver & recycled beads. Sterling silver hand forged earring wires are safe for sensitive ears. Every post or Shepard's hook earring comes with an invisible rubber back, which slides up close to your lobe for comfort, and is not noticeable to anyone admiring your earrings!

{Green Crystal Round Earrings}

Orders include free gift wrapping - and did you know you can purchase the order and have it shipped to your mom? It is helpful if you can let me know the purchase is a gift, otherwise I usually include a hand-written note to you!

{Deep Ocean Circle Earrings}

I could not be where I am with ecocessories today without the amazing support of my mother. She is my biggest fan, best sales person, and most stylish eco-model I could ask for. Thanks for being my cheering squad Mom and Happy Mother's Day!

Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Green Living Show Thanks

This past weekend I participated in the Green Living Show in Toronto, Ontario. The show was an amazing success and allowed me to reach out to many new customers of my sterling silver & recycled bead designs! Thank you to all who left the show with a piece of ecocessories™ jewelry, and thank you to all my future customers and jewelry recyclers.

{If you can't see the slideshow of ecocessories' GLS booth, click here}

Thank you to Jelena of Poppyseed Creative Living with whom I collaborated for my booth's display. Jelena provided all of her amazing recycled & refinished furniture pieces to display my jewelry, making for an attractive and eye-catching booth.

Thank you to the organizers of the Green Living Show for all their hard work pulling off an incredible weekend, and to all of my family & friends who generously donated their time to help run the ecocessories booth.

And always thank you to my amazing fiance who could not join me for the trip, but who supports me every day with his kind words, thoughtful actions, and support. I love you!

Visit ecocessories™ to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

Please take 2 minutes to watch this amazing and inspiring video about Earth Day by David Suzuki!

{If you can't see the video, click here to watch.}

ecocessories is having an Earth Day sale and 10% of all sales from April 20-30 will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation. Also take $10 off your order online by using coupon code "earth" or mention the coupon in person.

Visit ecocessories™ to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring/Summer 2010 ecocessories Photoshoot

On a sunny Vancouver afternoon, I adorned models Hayley Reiss & Léa Kiefer with ecocessories' Spring/Summer 2010 line of sterling silver & recycled bead jewelry. From the ecocessories studio on West Cordova, we strolled down Water Street towards the waterfront park.

{If you can't see the slideshow, click here}

Check out the ladies modeling a selection of my newest line of jewelry. Shop the collection online here, or at the Green Living Show, April 23, 24, & 25th in Toronto, Ontario.

Visit ecocessories™ to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Announcing the Earth Day Anniversary Sale!

Earth Day is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and in April 2010, ecocessories™ is celebrating its 2nd! In honour of the occasion I'm having a SALE! These are the details:

{Hayley Reiss, in White Swirl Pendant and Peacock Circle & Chain Earrings}

From April 20 - 30th, 2010, take $10 off any purchase.

To redeem online, enter coupon code "earth" in Step 2 of the online checkout. Free shipping in Canada. To redeem in person, simply mention coupon.

10% of all sales during this promotion are donated to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Don't forget to mention this coupon at the upcoming Green Living Show in Toronto on April 23, 24, and 25th!

Start shopping for a favourite piece of eco-friendly artisan jewelry here.

Visit ecocessories™ to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring/Summer 2010 ecocessories Photoshoot

So today is the day of the first ever ecocessories photo shoot! I decided it would be a great idea to arrange a photo shoot every season of jewelry I design. This only makes sense to help showcase how well the designs wear and help you get a sense of length, colour and other details.

The best way to showcase the jewelry of course is on some eco fashion and local designers so I've carefully selected a few items from Vancouver fashion favourite, Fine Finds in Yaletown. A jumper from local eco fashion label, Lav & Kush, a hand knit crop top by Cecile Benac and a lace long-sleeved mini dress by Kersh have been chosen for my Spring/Summer 2010 jewelry to be featured against.

I'll post the photos as soon as I can. In the meantime, don't forget to check my online store for new designs. The Green Living Show is in only a few days, where the photos will be featured as well! See you in Toronto, April 23, 24 & 25th!

Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Vote for your Favourite Eco Fashion Designer

I've been quiet on the blog lately, but only because I have been working feverishly in the studio! I am designing Spring/Summer 2010 necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more for the upcoming Green Living Show in Toronto on April 23, 24, & 25th. Later this week I'll post some photos of a selection of the latest designs.

{From left to right, Thieves, Nixxi, and Lav & Kush were just a few of the designers I struggled to choose between for my vote! They are all so great!}

There is important news in the eco fashion world, and that is the 1st annual award being presented by Fashion Takes Action to one of 14 nominated eco fashion clothing designers called the "Design Forward" award. Some of these designers reside here in Vancouver, and I have come to know, love and wear their amazing lines. I've already cast my vote, now it is time to cast yours. Click here to vote for your fashion eco-fashion clothing designer!

Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Limited Edition Versus One-of-a-Kind

I've published a small collection of new earring designs for Spring/Summer 2010 for sale on my website, and at my new Etsy shop. This season I'm make another change to the way I design my ecocessories jewelry.

Up until now, the majority of my designs have been one-of-a-kind. This makes sense because of the nature of my artistic process - I use only recycled beads that are sourced from my jewelry recycling service. This means I only have a limited supply of each style of beads! Sometimes I only have 1 have a particular charm or vintage component that completes the unique one-of-a-kindness of my designs.

Moving forward though, I am introducing limited edition runs of certain designs. For example, the Tiny White Cloud Earrings, the Blazing Horizon Everyday Earrings, and the Pond Life Chain Earrings are all limited edition, meaning there is more than one pair available. I have chosen beads for these designs that I have more than a few of. I record all my silversmithing patterns in a notebook so I can replicate the hand forged silver components - each piece will still have minor imperfections and differences giving it a unique charm, but the design may be part of a limited edition run.

By offering both one-of-a-kind pieces and limited edition runs, I will be able to grow ecocessories, operate more efficiently, and serve my customers better by being more available to you - whether this comes in the form of more time for custom jewelry projects, offering a wider selection online, or having ecocessories jewelry carried at a store near you!

If you are looking for the perfect small accessory to carry your fashion into Spring, choose a pair of ecocessories earrings. I offer free shipping in Canada for online purchases, and my sterling silver wires are safe for the most sensitive of ears. As my good friend Laura put it last week when she ordered a pair of Custom Everyday Earrings in pearl - "Your earrings are the only ones that don't turn my ears GREEN!".

Only 22 days until the Green Living Show in Toronto, Ontario. Recycle jewelry at Booth #122 and shop for my sterling silver & recycled bead jewelry designs!

Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.