So Nice To Meet You! Wellesley Holiday Marketplace Craft Festival

November 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Josh and I had a wonderful day on Saturday, November 23rd at the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club Holiday Marketplace Craft Festival. We brought new handcrafted jewelry from my Ossis Collection, featuring diamond cut nugget designs made from sterling silver and 14k gold, with flush set diamonds and topaz, and complimented by handmade gemstone beaded chains.

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Jenne Rayburn at The Wellesley Marketplace

The Wellesley Marketplace, a major fundraiser for The Wellesley Juniors Women’s Club (WHJWC), is one of the premier juried artisan gift shows in the Greater Boston area featuring over 140 exhibitors, selected to showcase their fine and handmade goods to over 2,000 holiday shoppers. We met so many lovely people, and really enjoyed our conversations and the great feedback! Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Victorian Antique’s Incorporated into Handcrafted Jewelry by Jenne Rayburn

Victorian-Antique-Handcrfted -Jewelry-Jenne Rayburn

Victorian Antique’s Incorporated into Handcrafted Jewelry by Jenne Rayburn

So many customers have asked me for polished sterling silver jewelry, so this year I pulled some beautiful antique Victorian pieces from my stash to create one-of-a-kind sterling necklaces.

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Josh Billings (Photographer Extraordinaire ) at The Wellesley Marketplace

Antique Expedition ~ Fall 2013 Brimfield Antique Show

September 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite events of the year is the Brimfield Antiques Show where I look forward to chatting with venders about jewelry history and culture as much as I do discovering a new piece for my designs. Most of the components for my vintage inspired jewelry are found right here in New England using locally sourced vintage textiles, buttons, and costume jewelry, and with up-cycled materials such as discarded findings and components from bygone jewelry manufactures. This Fall my mom, Barbara, joined me for a week of antiquing, inspiration and education on everything from hand hooked rugs and mid-century dining tables, to antique silver native american beads and Victorian mosaics.

My Brimfield Antiques week started off with a one day indoor Vintage Textile and Vintage Clothing Show in nearby Sturbridge. Approximately 250 Vendors set up at the Host Hotel, selling everything from vintage fashion and textiles to buttons, belts and shoes, to hats and jewelry. We spent the next few days walking the many fields, starting at 7 am, going until we couldn’t walk another step.

Here are a few finds that inspired us:

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My trusty side-kick (Mom) taking a break in one of the many fields we visited during our week at Brimfield, MA antique shows.

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The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000 visitors during the course of one week, held three times a year in May, July and September. I always look forward to attending! While I refer to the week as “Brimfield”, the entire show is composed of 23 fields, owned by individual promoters who lease spaces to dealers from all over the world. The large fields of venders are located on a mile long stretch of a two-lane road (both sides!) just outside the town of Brimfield, in central Massachusetts. Different fields open on different days with unique venders, so each day is filled with new discoveries!

Ossis Collection ~ Launching Holiday 2013

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Combining a hint of edgy unconformity with a sense of history and tradition, Ossis is a collection of vintage inspired jewelry, cast from sterling silver and embellished with 14k gold and gemstones.

Handcrafted Jewery by Jenne Rayburn

“The Bones” of the new Ossis Collection. Handcrafted Jewelry by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Unique Hammered Cuff Bracelets by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Unique Hammered Cuff Bracelets by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Jewery by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Jewelry by Jenne Rayburn

The word Ossis in latin means ‘bone’. In architecture we always talk about the structure or fundamental elements of an environment as the bones. For thousands of years, bones have been fashioned as tools, musical instruments, whistles and other objects of ritual use. The Medicine Person symbolically becomes a ‘Hollow Bone’, having shape-shifted into a vessel or channel through which a ‘Spirit’ can take action to guide or touch others. They are thinking, talking, and walking in the presence a Spirit and each action is a service to those who are gathered. Bones represent the foundation of self, attitude, relationship, and belief systems, and are symbols of death and rebirth. Some cultures use bones of different animals for purposes of scrying (usually chicken bones), or for ceremonial tools according to their spiritual or religious beliefs. The skeleton image or symbol in artwork may indicate the desire to reveal hidden issues; or break things down to the structural form, often representing that which we hide from others or ourselves. With so much history, nuance and meaning, Ossis was an irresistable name for this new handcrafted jewelry collection – stay tuned for new exciting introductions!

Vintage Lucite Statement Necklaces

July 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

Our SoWa booth is awash in bright summer colors, with a new collection of vintage Lucite statement necklaces, fashioned from my huge collection of vintage beads and findings. Lucite makes a wonderful fashion accessory for several reasons. Foremost, Lucite is lightweight, making dramatic statement necklaces easy to wear. The colors still available from vintage stock are exotic and vibrant, making it a fashion accessory to compliment any style or outfit while letting your inner fashionista shine through. Be sure to stop by and try them on!

Vintage Lucite Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

Vintage Lucite Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

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Vintage Lucite Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

Vintage Lucite Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

Vintage Lucite Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

Vintage Lucite Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

Many women are afraid of bright colors, because they are worried that the color won’t be flattering or will draw too much attention. However, wearing a bright color that complements your eye color or skin tone can bring a glow to your face and a sparkle to your eyes resulting in a bold look that will make you look and feel terrific.

Treasure Hunting At May 2013 Brimfield Antique Show

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

I feel very lucky to have a wealth of knowledgeable antique and vintage experts in my own back yard. One of my favorite events of the year is the Brimfield Antiques Show where I look forward to chatting with venders about jewelry history and culture as much as I do discovering a new piece for my designs. Most of the components for my vintage inspired jewelry are found right here in New England using locally sourced vintage textiles, buttons, and costume jewelry, and with up-cycled materials such as discarded findings and components from bygone jewelry manufactures.

My Brimfield Antiques week started off with a one day indoor Vintage Textile and Vintage Clothing Show in nearby Sturbridge. Approximately 250 Vendors set up at the Host Hotel, selling everything from vintage fashion and textiles to buttons, belts and shoes, to hats and jewelry. Tuesday to Friday I stayed at a delightful bed and breakfast, Lord Manner, and walked the fields from 6am to 6pm. I was not the early bird though! By the time I arrived some people were already carting their treasure off to new homes.

Here are a few of my most memorable finds – I didn’t purchase any of them, but found them to be inspiring!

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The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000 visitors during the course of one week, held three times a year in May, July and September. I always look forward to attending! While I refer to the week as “Brimfield”, the entire show is composed of 23 fields, owned by individual promoters who lease spaces to dealers from all over the world. The large fields of venders are located on a mile long stretch of a two-lane road (both sides!) just outside the town of Brimfield, in central Massachusetts. Different fields open on different days with unique venders, so each day is filled with new discoveries!

The Market of the Living Dead – SoWa Come Celebrate The End Of 2012 Season

October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s hard to believe that this Sunday marks the end of the open market season. We will have our last trunk show at the SoWa Open Market on Sunday, October 28th, 2012. Featuring a costume contest, pumpkin carving and live music, the last SoWa Open Market is entitled “The Market of the Living Dead”. Looking at the pictures from last year, it is a very serious costume contest!

Designer Handbags and Scarves by Jenne Rayburn

Designer Handbags and Scarves by Jenne Rayburn

The SoWa Open Market is held Sundays from May through October, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 460 Harrison Avenue. One of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods, The South End has been touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston. At SoWa Open Market you can buy top-notch items from local artisans, making everything from couture fashion and leather accessories to jewelry, glass, and custom framed art.

Jenne Rayburn Blue Dyed Silk Scarves

Jenne Rayburn Blue Dyed Silk Scarves

Always on the hunt for rare or out of production vintage textiles and findings, and unique ethnic specialty fabrics, the Manu collection includes silk, local wool, organic cotton, and leather. Several of the fabrics have been hand-dyed or graffiti printed in the studio, a technique I discovered while traveling in Japan and studied after returning home.

Designer Leather Clutches by Jenne Rayburn

Designer Leather Clutches by Jenne Rayburn

I am passionately curious about other cultures, their identities and design traditions, and I love to I travel the world hunting for materials, sketching and photographing. Everything I discover and experience is incorporated into my design process. Hand-selecting unique materials with distinctive details or that have an elegant flair; antique buttons, vintage Lucite handles and elegant trims often find their way into my designs.

Jenne Rayburn Leather Clutch with Antler Clasp

Jenne Rayburn Leather Clutch with Antler Clasp

These many beguiling finds are playfully combined with sometimes unexpected colors and textures to create unique, timeless designs – blending surprise and romance. Manu designs are inspired by my personal aspiration to feel sexy and confident with a sophistication that is also whimsical and fun.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Sundays at the SoWa Artisian Market Boston’s Largest Outdoor Market

September 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am so excited to be selected to present my textile and handbag collection, Manu, at the SoWa Open Market. We will have a display every-other Sunday from September 2nd – October 28th.

Jenne Rayburn Handbags and Jewelry at SoWa Boston

Jenne Rayburn Silk and Leather Handbags, and Handcrafted Jewelry, SoWa

Here are a few pictures of our display this past Sunday. I introduced Manu, my collection of handbags, belts and scarfs. I’ve been scouring vintage markets and antique shops for fabrics and components for years, and am really pleased with how they have come together with my own contemporary accessories in this new line. I have also developed custom-dyed fabrics, including silk, wool and organic cotton, which are then manipulated through traditional and contemporary techniques such as knitting, stitching, nuno felting, batik, crochet, embroidery, quilting and collage.

Jenne Rayburn Wool, Linen and Cotton Handbags

Jenne Rayburn Wool, Linen and Cotton Handbags, and Handcrafted Jewelry, SoWa

The resulting fashion accessories are a playful juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage textiles inspired by the mix of color and ornament in indigenous folk art and the rough and weathered look of things well-worn and well-loved.

Jenne Rayburn Hand Dyed Silk Scarves, SoWa Boston

Jenne Rayburn Hand Dyed Silk Scarves, SoWa

The SoWa Open Market is held Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 460 Harrison Avenue, in one of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods, The South End, which is touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston!

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