Sunday, 10 July 2011
Shop Spotlight - Venus Flytrap Jewels
Welcome to the first in a new series of blogs about shops I love - be they vintage, repro, vintage inspired, rockabilly or just plain fun. My inaugural post focuses on the very wonderful Venus Flytrap Jewels.
VFJ, as you might have guessed, is a jewellery company, trading on Etsy. Saffron, glamorous proprietress, started her company when she became frustrated trying to find a charm bracelet bold enough for her theatrical tastes (this talented lady used to be a costume maker) and decided to make one herself.
In her own words "I like the opulent and fantastical. I therefore combine decoupage, glass, embroidery, felting and random bits and pieces I find to make my pieces. I also use a lot of digitally altered images that I have created; recurring themes include fairy tales, 1950s pin up girls, zombies, sideshows and circuses, and of course Kewpie and Barbie dolls.
I describe my jewellery as ‘kitsch chic’, but it’s rather like marmite; you either love it or you hate it!"
Well, it may not be classically vintage but I have to say it is charming - different pieces appeal to different parts of my style - I love the old Hollywood and saucy adult pieces - my Bette Davis necklace is a particular favourite - while the side show and pin up pieces cheer the Rockabilly girl in me. I've also snapped up a kitty cat bookmark for marking my knitting patterns.
The pieces are well made, with a chunky luxe feel - from multi charmed pendants, heavily beaded necklaces, chokers, earrings and charm bracelets as well as cuff links for him (or her of course!)
You can follow VFJ on facebook too.
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