Karen Village

Karen Village

Friday, April 17, 2009

Create Jewelry: Glass: Brilliant Designs to Make and Wear

We received a lovely surprise in the mail today after the Thai New Year break. It seems some of Shiana's unique goodies are featured in Create Jewelry: Glass by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett. Yay!

The book is gorgeous! It's 120 full-color pages of top notch photography for inspiration and plenty of information (not just about glass beads either.) We're in quite a few of the 20 beading projects, including my favorite "Sweet Treat" where the black antler headpins are woven with juicy looking beads to look like forest berries.

Creative, right? I thought so!

Create Jewelry: Glass: Brilliant Designs to Make and Wear is available at the Interweave Book Store for $22.95.

Monday, March 02, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Items

Looking for a little luck this St. Patrick's Day? Shiana has you covered with our unique silver shamrock charms.

[202010037] Sterling Silver 48mm Four Leave Clover Key Pendant (1 Pendant)

Sentimental and historic, keys make wonderful pendants that seem to have a story of their own. This Sterling Silver Key from Shiana might not open any padlocks, but will definitely bring attention to the wearer.

[102120025] Thai Karen Hill Tribe Silver 55mm Hammered Clover Leaf Pendant (1 Pendant)

For a bold statement, our 55mm Clover Leaf Pendants can't be missed. It comes in a variety of textured finishes, to see them all, search for the word 'clover' on our website.

[103990027] Thai Karen Hill Tribe Silver 28mm Shamrock Wish Charms (2 Charms)

Made in the style of a traditional wish pendant, this whimsical piece shows the hand stamped details proudly. The charms comes in sets of 2 so that necklaces can be made for you and your special someone.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Gay Harrison

Coming from a career in journalism, Gay Harrison entered the jewelry scene in 2002. Her work is in fact, a tribute to her late mother. After her mother's passing, Gay found jewelry making therapeutic, and transformed vintage pieces into new wearable jewelry.

She now uses rare items from all over the world to create her unique pieces, including Shiana's Fair Trade Thai Hill Tribe Silver. Her work can be found at high end retail stores, exclusive trunk shows in the United States and London. More recently, you can also find her work in silent auctions benefiting charities like the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

For more information on Gay Harrison, please visit Gay Harrison Handcrafted Couture Jewelry

[A piece from the "After Five" Collection]

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A little word of blog...

A big thank you to Lori and Cori Cole, who mentioned Pam briefly in their blog post on Solving World Poverty. Back when Pam was young--which really wasn't too long ago--she was a fan of the Quest for Glory series of games, which inspired many of her earlier artwork. You can probably see how that has influenced her designs now, since much of her jewelry takes on a fantasy tone. She now works with Shiana as a driving force to create fair trade jewelery.

We were also recently mentioned in October Webfind of Beekeeper's webblog, "What's in the Attic?"

Through the magic of Google, we've also found some other very nice blurbs:

The Lipstick Page
By Colleen Shirazi, a wonderful girl who created some nice Shiana items.

The Daily Jewel
By Robyn Hawk, who promotes our message.

Word of mouth is always good, word of blog works wonderfully well too! Thank very much to everyone who has given us a boost. If you've recently blogged about Shiana, let us know! You can go to http://www.shiana.com and use the contact form.