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I am launching a new collection and thought I would share the process that went into making it:
This range started over a year ago when I found a fresh Bokmakierie carcass on the side of the road in Namaquland. With my friend, who is an amateur taxidermist, we skinned it, saved its wings and feet and lopped off it’s head. We then found some styrofoam and spread out it’s wings and feet in positions we liked, sprinkled it with borax (to dry out the flesh) and sealed the head in a bag to dump in acid later.
I then decided I wanted to broaden the range and incorporate other animals. I thought it would be awesome to create and articulated vertebrae necklace and went on the hunt for a snake. It took some time to locate someone who was willing to help me out and eventually the Snake Park in Kommetjie agreed to give me two dead snakes (both having died of natural causes). I then headed over to my friend’s house to skin and de-bone the snakes. The rest of the meat was then taken off by leaving them in acid for a couple of weeks.
Once I had all my bits I took them to my caster who then made molds of them. He injected the silicone molds with wax and gave them back to me to then work further to create other designs. Once I was happy with them, I took them back to my caster and he cast them into either silver or brass depending on my needs.
Today is the 6 month anniversary of my wedding to my husband (yes, it really has been SIX MONTHS ALREADY)!! So I thought it would be a good time to share some pics of our wedding.
We were married in a green belt near Kirstenbosch in Cape Town; where we had a choir greeting the guests and my brother leading the ring ceremony. We then walked across a little (homemade) bridge to my parents house for the reception in their beautiful garden. It was really a magical day with lots of friends, family, good food and music.
I made all the jewellery for the wedding (obviously) including the copper belts for the bridesmaids and the cufflinks for the groomsmen. If you like any of it, you can get it here.
Also, thanks to Ian from Vision on Fire for our beautiful wedding video:
We are a fan of fun moments but not a fan of photo booths, so we did our own DIY slow-mo booth instead. Luckily, we had most of the gear and talented friends to man the booth and edit the video afterwards. If you like the idea, make your own using this tutorial.
My dress: designed by me and made by Verona Dove Dave’s suit: custom-made in Thailand Venue: my parents’ garden Hiring: Urban Tonic Food: Zest Catering DJ: In The Mix Productions Invites: Secret Diary Make-up: Fran Carter Flowers, dessert, co-ordination and everything else: my mom.
As Fathers Day usually falls on or around my birthday every year, our family don’t really make a big deal about it (I know, my poor Dad). But a lot of my mates’ family’s do celebrate, so I decided to make a last-minute gift guide for them – only 4 days left people!!
1. ‘The Urban Steed’ from Jesse James, R1800 2. ‘Hands Up’ Tie Slide by SMITH Jewellery from Hello Pretty, R335 3. ‘A-Holes And D-Bags: Darth Vader’ by Patrick Latimer from KIN, R295 4. Umtwalo backpack by Inga Gubeka from Stable, POR 5. ‘You’re Classic, Charlie Brown’ sculpture by Nick Marcus from KIN, R1500 6. ‘The Hill’ in Imbuia Glasses by Kraft from Hello Man, R1500 7. Ipad Sleeve by Wren Design, R345 8. ‘SolaNova’ portable solar charger by Eco Studio from Stable, POR 9. Mini Jack Lamp by The Artisan, R795 10. Gilt Golfer Cufflinks from SMITH Jewellery, R685 11. Cherry Wood Iphone Cover from Houdt, R220
Sjoe, I can’t believe it has been over SEVEN MONTHS since I last posted. I am shocked, saddened, and embarrassed by this fact, but what can I say – life gets in the way of things sometimes.
In my case it involved a wedding (mine), a honeymoon, another wedding (not mine), the Design Indaba, new ranges, a new house, a new studio and general work obligations. Although these last seven months should really tell me that it’s time to say farewell to the old blog, I’m still not really willing to do that. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make some real time soon and continue with my posts…
So it’s been a loooong while, this time my excuse was a HOLIDAY! Finally! Unfortunately, it wasn’t long enough…
Before I went away, and while it was still winter, I was experimenting with real stocks and made this chicken, rosini and corn soup:
1 Whole chicken
1 Onion roughly chopped
2 Peeled carrots, roughly chopped
1 Large celery stick, roughly chopped
2 Bay leaves
1 Bruised garlic clove
Salt & Pepper to season
1 litre water
1 can corn kernels
1 cup rosini pasta
Soy Sauce to taste
1. Put all the stock ingredients in a pot and simmer on low for 2 hours with the lid on. Remember to keep checking that the water doesn’t boil away.
2. Take out all the chicken and put to one side. Sieve out all the vegetables and let the broth settle and separate.
3. Clean out your stock pot and then pour back in the broth minus the fat. (I have a gravy jug that allows me to pour stock back into the pot but leaves the fat behind.)
4. Add about half a cup of water and the rosini and bring to a boil.
5. Shred the whole chicken, discarding the skin and bones. Place the chicken and the canned corn into the broth mixture.
6. Season with soy sauce and serve.
So yesterday we launched our new window display at The Fringe Arts. I teamed up with Touch Foundry to create South Africa’s first interactive window display. This is quite awesome stuff and something I’m not very good at describing, so here is an exert from our press release:
‘Developed by TouchFoundry, this software allows potential customers to browse the goods inside the store from the window, in a cool, interactive and intuitive way that delights them and draws them inside. Fabio Longano of TouchFoundry says, “people have become somewhat numbed to boring, cookie-cutter digital – they now expect to be engaged and delighted. That’s what this window will do.”
This clever new interface leverages off of the power and capabilities of the Microsoft Kinect device to turn natural human movement into software recognisable navigation gestures. The Kinect device recognizes passers-by as ‘skeletons’ and they can navigate content by simply waving their hands about. This allows people passing by the window to easily browse in-store products and be entertained at the same time.
Using this opportunity to showcase the versatility of the SMITH brand, a passerby can expect to browse through a number of different collections; from a men’s range with a sense of humour, to elegant, timeless women’s jewellery, each piece made by hand. “Because SMITH encompasses such diverse work I am usually limited in the number of ranges I can show in one display,” says SMITH designer Anna Raimondo. “I am excited that using TouchFoundry people can browse through all my work in a fun and interactive way.’
It’s worth going to check it out for yourself – we’re up until the end of the month. The Fringe Arts is situated at 99B Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
Wow! Has it been a long time!? You know how it is, life/work/play (who am I kidding – work) just always seems to get in the way. However, not enough to stop me from spending some time in the kitchen.
Last week I made a pretty damn good chicken, mushroom and leek pie and this is how I did it:
Punnet of Mushrooms
Bunch of Leeks
2 cloves Garlic
3-4 Chicken Breasts
Half a block of Chicken Stock
2 tablespoons of Flour
1. Preheat your oven at 180°C. Chop up the leeks, mushrooms and garlic. I left everything quite chunky.
2. Gently saute the leeks and garlic until soft. Remember to season. Once ready place into a bowl and set aside.
3. In the same pan, fry the mushrooms, season and once ready add to the leeks.
4. Fry the chicken, season and just before it’s ready, add to the leek and mushroom mix.
5. Add some butter to the pan, then add the flour. Mix until it forms a paste (add more butter if needed) and then add the cream. Once it starts to thicken, add the stock, some nutmeg and season to taste. Pour this over your chicken mixture and mix well.
6. Roll out your puff pastry, place your pie tin upside down on it and cut out it’s shape. Then fill the tin with your chicken mixture and put the pastry cut out on top. Press down the sides.
7. Place your pie in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
It’s that time of year again (can you believe it?), it’s our BIRTHDAY! So this month I have two, yes TWO amazing offers happening for SMITH Jewellery’s third birthday. Firstly, we have a 20% discount on ALL purchases made directly through us or our online shop. That’s awesome!
Secondly, and only until Sunday 11th August, we have a competition running. All you have to do is 1. ‘Like’ Smith – Jewellery by Anna Raimondo on Facebook 2. Share this competition with your friends (International entries are welcome!) 3. Comment on this photo telling us which of these four SMITH cuffs is your favourite 4. For extra entries, tweet about this competition including our handle @SMITHbyanna. Super easy ey!