I am a true "Rebel Muse", being creative and wishful in my thoughts and life. I am hoping that I will be able to share my ideas and creations with you, as well as "rebel fairytale-inspired" designs in my search for all things eclectic and of beauty within the realm of fashion and design. I am grateful for the "angels" that have inspired me to move forward with my sky-high hopes for what is possible. I am a true believer that we all have the power to attain our dreams!
Over the past weeks, I have been searching for new artisans
on etsy.com and found beautifully crafted metal creations made by Maggie of
Atlanta, Georgia. Her etsy.com shop is
entitled “metallography”. As she says in
her profile, she “loves making something out of nothing” and it has become her
passion and motivation with her unique creations. Metalsmithing re-entered Maggie’s life
through a series of happenings and she now creates beauty to be worn using
techniques in this new venture that had been hidden away. As well as creating unique designs, she also
sells pewter crosses and fleur de lis to other “creators” that they incorporate
into their own “pieces”.
My personal favorites are her hot-stamped metal hearts and a
very unique pendant with a tiny scroll within its rim. She describes the process of hot stamping as
taking either a cut piece of brass or copper, adding solder and heat with a
blow torch to the melting point, and while the metal is molten, it is pressed
with a rubber stamp, taking on the imprint.
No two pieces are alike making them one of a kind, further enhancing
their individual and eclectic beauty.
Friendship Scroll Pendant
Maggie's pipe bezel pendant, which is entirely handmade, features
a fleur de lis soldered onto the side.
The rosary-style chain is hand-wrapped and made with cut amazonite
beads. Hanging from the bezel is a tiny
cluster of mother-of-pearl beads in aqua with a crystal hand-cut teardrop
beneath. Held within the bezel is a
message on handmade paper ”...it’s the friends we meet along life’s path who
help us appreciate the journey”.
Beautiful! It reminds me of the
friends I have made along the way and the wonderful people – designers and
sellers of eclectic creations in this world – who have changed my life through
their love of what they do.
My love of “rocker and bohemian chic” motivates me to seek
out designers and sellers inspired by rebellion of convention. During one of my late night jaunts on the
internet, I came upon a site that cannot be ignored. Rags Rock of West Midlands (AKA The Fashion
Bank Ltd.) in England
which launched in 2012. They carry high
end “celebrity” fashion brands such as Muubaa, Blue Valley,
Barney’s Originals, French Connection, Hype, and many more at very low end prices
for both women and men. They ship
worldwide and offer a diverse selection of designs, with exceptional
customer service! Believe me when I say,
you will be able to spend hours looking at the offerings of this company’s site
for the perfect dress, jacket or accessory.
Along with the biker style leather jackets by Muubaa, they offer
beautiful dresses with an edge by Aqua and Ex-Asos, as well as accessories by
Tom Ford and Vivienne Westwood. They
also feature an “Outlet” section on their website. New offerings include creations by Spirithoods, Forever
Unique, Religion, Love Rocks, Jocasi and Local Celebrity.
You can find Rag Rocks atwww.ragsrock.com including links to their Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest pages. They also have their very own fashion blog
that highlights their newest additions, as well as showing great style.
Forever Unique Skye Playsuit
Muubaa Flax Biker Jacket
Highlighted are two beautiful designs from their website…….the rebel-inspired
Muubaa “Flax” distressed leather jacket which features raw edged seams in soft
lambs leather, an asymmetric front zipper, buckled neck and side tabs at the
waist, zippered cuffs and sculpting wire at the hem, front opening and the
collar. Amazing design and unbelievably
unique color. Another stunning offering
is the Forever Unique Skye Playsuit with three-quarter length sleeves and
attached “shorts” embellished with hand sewn “jewels” on the shoulders for a
stunning look, with a concealed rear zip fastening. Eclectic and versatile!
I know I will be watching their site for the newest
arrivals. Check out the Rags Rock website…..you
will love it! Amazing company and over-the-top customer service!