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Ghost and Lola exhibiting at Fashion Exposed Now! : 8-9th Feb 2019 at ICC
Fashion Exposed Trade Fair | Sustainable Jewelry | Contemporary Artisan
We are so excited to announce that we will be exhibiting our jewels at Fashion Exposed Now!

Fashion Exposed Now is a wholesale buying event and the platform in Australia for retailers to see the latest in Australian and overseas fashion trends. Fashion Exposed Now will take place in Sydney on Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 February at the Australia's premier event space the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

The show provides a platform for Australian apparel, accessory and footwear labels to showcase their collections to retail buyers. Offerings include emerging and established Australian designer and international labels.

Visitors will discover a one stop shop in Sydney of over 150 labels showcasing their latest collections across five categories including Womenswear, Boutique Labels, Menswear, Beach & Body and Accessories & Footwear.

Fashion Exposed NOW’s professional environment will provide a platform to increase business potential and facilitate building sustainable relationships in the fashion industry. 

We cant wait to show our latest collection, call us on 0400113109 to reserve an appointment with our design team.

You can find out more about Fashion Exposed Now here : 

Canberra Handmade this Weekend at Epic

Ghost and Lola at Canberra Handmade Market at Epic this weekend

We cant wait to catch up with our gorgeous Canberra Ghost and Lola lovers at Handmade Canberra, this weekend at EPIC. The wonderful team at Canberra handmade have put together a fabulous group of Artisans, Designers and Makers who are all converging on the Epic Centre to show our respective wares.

Ghost and Lola will be leaving the sunny climate of Byron Bay on Wednesday to make the trip down to Canberra, so we are hoping it wont be too cold for us warm weather types.

Cant wait to see you Canberra!!!

Find out more about Canberra Handmade here:

Find out what we are bringing to Canberra here:

Interview with Wendy Powitt - Designer of Ghost and Lola Jewels

Wendy Powitt | Designer Interview | Ghost and Lola Vintage Bohemian Jewels

Interview with Wendy Powitt/Designer

How would you describe yourself as an artist / a jeweler /a fashion designer / an artisan?

I would say I am dedicated to experimentation.
 I identify myself as an artisan who is evolving between craftsmanship and design, that is to say between tradition and creation.
 I have developed my design process almost as a painter who would research on emotions provoked by colour, pattern and textures, and engage in a result that would speak to shared inner feelings of beauty. Eventually I would like to consider myself as an artist, willing to create a whole atmosphere by my design practice.

How did your background in fashion design influence you for this adventure?

My initial approach to fashion was through art, traditional garments and crafts. I spent a lot of time gathering ideas of details, shapes, fabrics, colors and patterns. I trained formally in Garment Design, Textile Design and Patternmaking, then worked for a number of Designers both in Australia and in America. I travelled extensively, gathering ideas, learning new approaches and meeting a wide range of influencers that became life long friends.

I have always considered fashion as core to the expression of the Zietgeist, and I find it an exciting medium to work in, and it often challenges my thinking. For me fashion is the art of combining the soul of the times with a medium as old as human existence.

What fascinates you about Vintage Jewellery?

The history of each piece is important. Who made it for whom and why. Man has engaged in Body Adornment in some way or another since first thought. To adorn oneself is a celebration of self, an act of self love first and foremost. We dress to please ourselves first, then perhaps our friends, family and lovers. The vintage pieces that I use have a sense of energy through their past, and a quality that is difficult to find in new items these days. I most often use new old stock, which means that the components were designed and made in a vintage era for jewelers, but never used. These pieces occupy spaces in history and bring a challenge in reimaging them anew for a contemporary wearer.

Your pieces are often associated with a myth or story, why do you find this important?

The myth often reveals itself during the design process and it is part of my research-based practice. I am fascinated by how people think, and by how complex the stories that we live by are interwoven into the fabric of our society. The myth reminds me that we are not alone, we are part of a wondrous line of thought and heritage that stretches back through the eons and even if we do not revere these gods and goddesses any more their stories still impact our everyday life.

Is the impact of your work on society something you are concerned about?

I started working on my Collection : Ghost and Lola because I was feeling concerned about the way the classical fashion system works.
 Creating something new from new components each season, seems to me to be a waste of valuable resources and also kind of erases what you just achieved in the previous season and is not stimulating to me.

What I am moved by is much more time proof and universal, beautiful pieces that last, artisan handmade objects that take longer to create and produce. We all need to get ourselves into a new logic, one not of waste, but of quality.
 My inspirations are also kind of immutable, evolving quietly, in the details.

Can you tell me a little about the design process, how do you start your design ?

I always start with an archetype I want to work with, : Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Ring, Brooch, etc. I often have in mind a special story or Myth (the Egyptian Goddess of the Sky : Nut for instance.)
To this idea, I free associate, gathering, images of art pieces, interior design, places I visited, in which I find an atmosphere and inspiring techniques. I have a large collection of vintage pieces and I rattle about in my boxes to find the pieces that work together to create the piece that is the representation of the idea.
I work by collage, creating a perpetual mix between myths and stories of old, my very first loves in terms of contemporary fashion, and my collection of vintage pieces. It does all come from out of the fashion sphere.

How do you see yourself and your creations in the future?


I wish to keep on developing and questioning my methodology and output to build a true vocabulary of designs. Settling my own “classics” and continuing to experiment more and more with the manipulation of materials to create one of a kind pieces.
 I would love the studio to keep in mind its origin, to be part of a new generation, thinking about fashion differently: our designs are made to last for years and to be a personal daily luxury, objects of joy and pleasure for both the consumers and the makers.


 

Cabinet of Jewels at Luther & Co Newrybar

So Excited to be part of the Newrybar experience! If you have never visited this little town on the NSW north coast near Byron Bay, you have really missed out!! Nestled into the hills in the Byron Bay Hinterland, Newrybar is home to some of the best our region has to offer. Harvest at Newrybar is a fantastic restaurant with fabulous food, bright smiling staff and a cool and laid back vibe, lunch there can easily go on for hours! At night they hold fantastic events including "wild nights where all of the ingredients is foraged. 

For shoppers there is three wonderful and eclectic emporiums: Newrybar Merchants, Luther and Co and Driftlab. You will find a cabinet of Ghost and Lola Jewels at Luther and Co. Below is a little snippet of what is on offer. 

Be sure to drop in and say hi!!

Perfect Imperfect : The Patina of Time and the Artisan's touch

Apaloosa Horse | Perfect Imperfect | The Patina of time | Artisan Style

Perfect Imperfect : The patina of time and use results in a particular aesthetic charm whereas perfection can induce a form of aesthetic coldness.

Ghost and Lola work with and celebrate the patina of materials from a bygone age, brass, copper, lucite, glass, stone and crystal. Our yearning is for materials that document the passing of time - reassessed in terms of contemporary design, and worked by hand in true artisan style.

 

Dark Bohemian Wonderings in a Forest of Bamboo

Robyn Lawley | Feather Jewelry | Dark Bohemian | Artisan Handmade metalsmith

Dark Bohemian wonderings in a forest of Bamboo

Flamethrower Necklace - The magic of feathers : Lightness, mobility, air, wingedness, balance, flight and joy on a vintage plaque with vintage chain.

Moon Dance Cuff - The moon is the mystic vessel containing the milky substance of immortality ; it is the feminine. In radiant fullness, this circle without blemish is the Buddhist symbol of tranquility and perfect truth.

Find Necklaces here : https://ghostandlola.com/collections/necklaces

Find Cuffs Here : https://ghostandlola.com/collections/bangles-bracelets-cuffs-brooches

Black, Blacker than Black | Trance Noir and the Golden Embryo of Self

Modern Contemporary Jewelry | Art jeweller | Metalsmith Jewelry | Dark Arts

Vintage cone beads and jet jewels hung from blackened choker chain.

Rumi declared that Black was “the consummation of all colours” . Black envelops and swallows, is cave and abyss, the holes of space and the bowels of the earth, night, melancholy and death. The alchemists described the Nigredo as “black, blacker than black” and rejoiced in its teeming potential in which could be conceived the golden embryo of self.

Find this necklace here : https://ghostandlola.com/products/trance-noir-necklace

Find all of our necklaces here : https://ghostandlola.com/collections/necklaces

The search for the Holy Grail of Earrings has ended!!!

Golden Grail earrings by Ghost and Lola Vintage Boho Luxe Jewelery

We have just made the Holy Grail of beautiful shoulder tickling earrings and we are so proud to share them with you! Each has a gorgeous vintage czech glass carved and gilt flower pattern cameo from the early 50's, hung with the most beautiful golden filigree vintage cones draped with your very own shoulder tickling tassel of vintage rosary. Hallelujah!

You can find them here: https://ghostandlola.com/products/golden-grail-earrings

You can find more beautiful Earrings here:  https://ghostandlola.com/collections/earrings

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