Sunday, June 12, 2011

Meadowlark


Something so right about the union of silver skulls, amazing jewels and floral wreaths. All finally combined together in what can only be described as cult jewellery to lust after.Meadowlark is a New Zealand label which I discovered by flying to America by their airline, Air New Zealand on the return flight home, which meant by then I was flat broke and couldn't afford to buy any jewellery from Karen Walker, Stolen Girlfriends Club or Meadowlark :(
I was pretty heartbroken, in fact I plan to save a little money at the end of the year and persuade some mates of mine to go see the Big Day Out musics festival and travel with me to New Zealand if I can. It was that amazing and yet torturous to put all that amazing jewellery in front of me, knowing that I had been in the same vicinity only 3 weeks earlier but was down some one thousand dollars.

  Creations made in gold as well as well the new Zealand brand started out when Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont joined forces way back in 2006 when the two joined as business partners to create jewellery described as being so precious that to lose it would cause the ex-owner great devastation.

“We believe jewellery is personal, and can become so entwined with a person that it is one of the most devastating possessions you can lose.”

Since then the two have married as well, combining their love for crafting jewellery, garment design and each other into their jewellery line Meadowlark. Clair sold her fashion label in 2004 and owns her own studio while her husband Greg crafts haunting and inspiring jewellery with the most piercing and deeply colour jewels I have clapped my eyes on.

Their creations are wild; like nothing I have ever seen before. They are uninhibited in their design and push the envelop of creativity. I would love the cute little bow earrings in gold, with snake heads for a little edge. You could probably wear those babies to work in an office and not many people would notice unless they loved jewellery as much as you. The skull necklaces with deep set eyes and an impartial grimace aren't that threatening and are crafted beautifully. My last favourite piece would be the  claw set heart ring. Something so vampire-Esq and innately dark about that is alluring to me. 

               As an added bonus to do your bit to save the planet, Meadowlark are donating 15% of the profits from sales on their website to help victims of the Auckland earthquakes. If you're looking for unique, edgy, punk jewellery and want to help those in need, I highly recommend you checkout their website (linked above in first paragraph).






Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Deadly Ponies

No I don't think so, I always despised that little pink and plastic malformed figure they called a miniature horse. How about a little taste of the New Zealand powerhouse that is Deadly Ponies?

I've got a little bit of a soft spot for New Zealand designers, in particular DP as well as Karen Walker, but there's just something so appealing about this brand.

They haven't tried to branch out into areas that they're really incapable of creating for; the things is, Deadly Ponies have everything about their designs down pat. They have their two ranges, Deadly Ponies which create 100% leather handbags and then there is Deadly Ponies Precious which creates silver and bronzed necklaces. Both of them have that innate sense of darkness which I, as an angsty teenager, tend to eat up and lap at like a continental breakfast with a slice of cantaloupe.

I must be rather hungry.
This is the seal, the seal of approval. Don't worry, once you see the conjoined horse twins enough you get used to it and accept it as part of the norm.

Here are some of the most inspired leather creations that I want for when I go to university:

Back-pack with double clip straps:

Nylon skeleton bag:

Deadly Ponies petite purses
Gorgeous little black flower purse:





Bow purse and DP tag, with what I believe to be an Alice Mccall illusionary dress:



Large Mr Bow Pouch:

(black sue)

(blue suede)

Satchels
Mr Bone Mailman:




Stuff N Type Purple Suede Bag:


Oversized and overnight bags
Deadly Ponies take on the overnight bag, 'Mr Sleepover':

Mr Fill N Wrap ( Deer skin shoulder bag) - in 'RHINO' colour


Many of the modelled photographs via Violent Green who have excellent styling and just plain siq taste. Lover by Susien Chong leather shorts and a deadly ponies bag? All of bovine kind would make me public enemy no. 1 I do believe.

Love them as much as I do? Check them out on their home website: Deadly Ponies

Deadly Ponies Precious

A division of Deadly Ponies, who expanded their empire to jewellery made in stunning sterling silver and a few select pieces can be found in gold. The chains are my preferable length, long and sitting roughly low at the neck and strong and sturdy.

The pendants themselves are mainly of animals, or their body parts and I think they like skulls too. It's all a bit gothic really but that's what makes it so attractive and alluring to me. I like my fairy tale jewellery, mixed in with skulls and gory bits.

It seems like a part of me never grew up from my fairy tales but the other half became Tim Burton loving.
Actually, I think that's exactly what happened to me.
Fox pendant necklace.
Rabbit head necklace.
The Deadly Ponies classic trademark, the Siamese twin horses translated into a sterling silver necklace. Love it.

Don't want to forget something? Tie a piece of string arounf your finger. Or, better yet, go to the shops right now and buy this bad boy for someone special. They won't forget you.

Styling by Violent Green:








Screen Shots from their homepage Deadly Ponies Precious:

So by checking out these quillon pictures you can see the immaculate detail on these babies. It is just insane. For silver necklaces, Deadly Ponies Precious is up there with my other favourite brand for silver necklaces, Karen Walker which you will hear more about later. Adieu.