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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DELFT

These gorgeous delft brooches started selling the second we put them on the floor. No wonder - they are all hand formed and hand painted.


Sheep
Brooch
$45AUD


Owl Brooch
$45AUD

Deer Brooch
$45AUD


Cat
Brooch
$45AUD

So real.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

THANK YOU

It's apt that I am sitting in Corky Saint Clair wearing a fitted gingham shirt and a vaguely ironic gigantic sterling silver curb necklace while blogging - some of my favourite activities on what is the store's Eighth birthday.

I am still enjoying running this enterprise. When I'm into this business it's very obvious as the shop looks prettier, we get better stock and more people flow through.

In the last year we have been venturing further and further from the shop looking for the brightest and best jewellery and gifts from all corners of this planet. I especially enjoyed my epic buying trip across the US in May and June of this year. Travelling puts running this very Melbourne-centric business into keener perspective and makes me more appreciative of what this city has to offer.

This year I have also enjoyed exploring my new interest in crystals. My next collection of rough hewn crystal rings is titled BLACK LIGHT. It is insanely beautiful. Girls in the shop make this sound that is a mix of sighing and purring - that is what we are going to be hearing a lot of when the collection hits Corky Saint Clair.

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped build the shop - especially Louis Italiano, Lisa-Marie Corso, Jasmin Chen, Mina Akiyama, Dion Effern, Sheree Ford, Clara Little, Callum Reeves, Claudia, Phillip, Elwyn Murray, Richard Stephens, Claire Lehman, Mandy, Matt Petersen, Elise Sheehan and Leo Gester. I'd also like to thank all the amazing people who help put Corky Label together: the girls at Koodaks, my mentor Janet, my jewellery agent Alan, Designers Akiko Ueda, Vincent Chan, Michael Peck, Sarah Mcneil, Brendan "Monkey" and our screen printers Ben and Shelley at Super Special.

We are having a little party this Friday to celebrate our birthday. EIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH. If you aren't a fan on Facebook it's never too late.

We will be serving gluten free pizza and cup cakes and serving something called 'Kent Street Cocktails' - which is a delightful mix of tequila, kahlua, lime and soda water.

There will be giveaways every twenty minutes culminating in our grand prize draw. The prize is the solid sterling silver  heart locket above as well as a $200 gift voucher. Absolutely no one has entered our contest yet so if you enter you have more than a 50% chance of winning.

Monday, September 26, 2011

AMETHYST

Rough hewn faceted amethyst drop crystal suspended from an 80cm Italian sterling silver fine curb chain. Such a lovely weighted piece. We have eight of them, all slightly different.

Available from Corky Saint Clair $49AUD.

Friday, September 23, 2011

LETTER









Solid sterling silver envelope locket. 80cm Italian sterling silver fine curb chain. $80 available from Corky Saint Clair. We have nine of them

Thursday, September 22, 2011

PRIZE

Hey Everybody. We are having our eighth birthday party at the shop next Friday.
There will be free giveaways every twenty minutes as well as 'Kent Street Cocktails'

To coincide with out birthday celebrations we are announcing Our Eighth Birthday Competition. 
To enter please email us jpegs of you or your friends wearing any Corky jewellery.
Competition ends this Thursday.

email entries to
corkysaintclair@gmail.com

 First prize is a $200 Gift voucher and the Heart Locket below. There will be other prizes for best creative effort and most improved.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SKULL

Hand painted skull on an 80cm Italian sterling silver chain. Comes in test tube gift pack.

Friday, September 16, 2011

LODOLITE


Lodolite rings set in sterling silver. This time I made sure to get girl's sizes.

Lodolite must be one of the loveliest stones.  The depth of colour and shifting shapes suggest staring into your own private universe - a universe on your finger.

These rings will arrive at Corky Saint Clair in the next week.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

BIRD




Solid Brass flying bird pendant. Cut from 3mm brass so has added heft + class.


Available from Corky Saint Clair $35 Au RRP

Saturday, September 10, 2011

GLASS

There is nothing cuter than making a little garden in a glass container



Lately I've been making little terrariums using succulent plants I got from the Victoria Markets, you know from that nice guy with the fuzzy jumpers.

I use cactus soil as it drains better.

Glass bubbles $20 and $30 from Corky Saint Clair

Carefully suspend your glass bubbles from the ceiling using wire and chain.

Please make sure you fasten everything securely as it would be heartbreaking if your bubbles fell and broke.

How awesome would it be if the crane in this photo had a giant glass bubble with a mini garden suspended from that chain?





Don't worry even if you  don't like getting your hands dirty,  you can still make a terrarium. Just put a little pot plant under a glass dome. Place your little terrarium on a plinth. 

I got my glass dome from Paxton Gate in San Francisco, which I think is my favourite shop in the whole World.

Friday, September 09, 2011

GLASS

I'm so into glass right now.

We have a new collection
of glass
chemist's flasks at Corky Saint Clair. The large one takes 750mL which would take a whole bottle of wine.

Even if I
didn't want to put out, I totally would if
so someone put this on the table.

This flask retails at Corky Saint Clair for $30AUD. 

Small
chemist's
flask.

250mL volume -perfect for olive oil.

Or massage oil.



Wednesday, September 07, 2011

PURITY

Purity rings (also known as chastity rings or abstinence rings or promise rings) originated in the United States in the 1990s among Christian-affiliated sexual abstinence  groups. Wearing a purity ring is typically accompanied by a religious vow to practice abstinence until marriage.


I've been thinking about what kind of purity ring I would design if I had to wear one. I guess it would be silver and have the word '4EVER' on it.


My current obsession is a band from Canada called Purity Ring. Check out their creepy new single "BELISPEAK" which is a witch house take on the little red riding hood narrative.







Grandma, I've been unruly
in my dreams
and with my speech
Drill little holes into my eyelids
that I might see you
that I might see you when I sleep

Monday, September 05, 2011

BFFLs

New Characters
have joined the Corky BFFLs gang. 




...and this new mushroom.


Names to be advised.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

BIRD





Bird in my Heart. Sterling silver bird in silver heart. 80cm chain. Available from Corky Saint Clair $235AUD
there’s a bird in my heart that 
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?
Charles Bukowski

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