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sneak peek: susan of esther k

by anne

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as i write this post i’m in between packing up boxes to move out of my apartment. as i’m down to the final pieces, i find myself totally relating to susan (of the beautiful jewelry line esther k) who describes her rowhouse live/work space by saying, ” i like to surround myself with things that I find on my travels and since i am totally sentimental, i love to see all the letters, trinkets, and sweet things i’ve been given over the years out in the open.” susan has lived in cincinnati, new orleans, new york and now philadelphia, (and all the places in between) so i can definitely appreciate the need for little reminders of the places we’ve been. and if you check out her stunning line of jewelry (named after her amazingly creative great-grandmother, esther, who came to the states from romania), you can definitely understand how these objects that surround her also inspire. i’m just jealous of the beautiful light-filled loft where it all happens. click here for more, full-sized images. {thanks, susan!}anne

(photos by emily wren)

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CLICK HERE for the rest of esther’s studio after the jump!

This is where all my creations begin. I work on my jewelry in a rickety loft area in my apartment on a table strewn with all sorts of chains and charms. It’s hot and stuffy, but is great for creativity, since I’m away from the rest of the distractions in my home. It’s just me and a little radio spilling out tunes. Maybe the starfish will turn up in a future collection.

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My building is crazy old and the marble fireplace is a cool feature that has been left intact. While I was working for designer Madeline Weinrib, she gave me the two bags as gifts; one’s from her collection, the other is an old carpet bag from Iran. They’re both so beautiful I can’t decide which I like better. ย I’m obsessed with photographs old and new and couldn’t resist picking up the sherbet-hued, antique postcards in South America. The black and white photo is by Colleen Longo and the other one is a treasured picture of my family. ย I love anything from the sea, hence the mermaids and shells.

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