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OROPOPO = Leather Craft Spectacular

We love leather craft, leather works and original design…  this husband and wife duo have incredible talent in their wearable art leather jewelry line.  (also available in vegan)

OROPOPO is a husband and wife duo. In their Albuquerque studio they combine new techniques with traditional materials to create objects inspired by Native American, classic Western, and New Mexican culture that breathe new life into American history.

Karole’s professional background is in architecture and structural engineering. The Oropopo name is from her birthplace on the coast of Venezuela. Grady is a native of New Mexico, a writer, and literary editor; he has specialized in desert literature and its aesthetics. Together, they refine a narrative that associates site and culture with contemporary technology.
 

“We have our own relationship to the land and culture and those indefinable qualities that are New Mexico and the Southwest. If we share anything with the creative work done in this region for thousands of years it would be the tradition of artists trying to make beautiful things that convey a sense of the time and place we inhabit.”

PLUMERIA EARRINGS

Plumeria is a tradition of artisanal feather-work that evolved from our earliest evidence of the techniques in Meso-america to its height in the 17th century under Spanish Colonial rule. From ceremonial clothing to collage styled artwork the use of feathers for decorative and symbolic purpose is literally woven into the cultural history of the American Southwest. 

Over more than a century the exchange of technique and artistic subject matter between the Spaniards and the indigenous people led to the use of feathers as material and accents in all arts and crafts. The universal association of feathers with the freedom of flight and spirituality made its use in Catholic iconography an easy match and let to the spread of artisanal plumeria around the world to royal courts as far away as Prague, China, and Mozambique. The tradition all but disappeared by the twentieth century. A few modern artists in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico have created work inspired by these traditions. 

The simplicity of the feather’s shape and its physical lightness will always elicit a sense of mystery and movement. This line is inspired by the evolution of the symbol and the object through our regional culture.

BIJOU BREASTPLATE NECKLACE

Roughly half the size of the Breastplate Necklace

A chevron progression study where the “V” softens from top to bottom. Inspired by Native American bone hairpipe breastplates. 

Breastplates had originally been worn ceremonially as a symbol of protection of the spirit and as an expression of personal style and wealth. 

FRINGE EARRINGS II

Starting as a functional addition to buckskin, fringe became a western embellishment that was later adopted by flapper girls to accentuate the wild spontaneity of their dancing.

These Fringe earrings borrow from both traditions in a minimalist reimagining of this iconic design element.

SADDLE NECKLACE

Only a few icons of the southwest are as inseparable from Western culture as the horse saddle. The image of the cowboy rolling his blanket and tightening the straps on his saddle were instant cues in western movies that a journey was beginning, the doing was about to be done. That distinct u shape with its high pommel and stirrups has evolved over centuries to make a man and horse into a hybrid creature that tamed lands, waged war, and created a uniquely American identity. The Spanish colonials brought horses and saddles to the Southwest. Their design evolved into two styles with a California style of highly decorated and stylized saddles and the Texas/New Mexico style of unadorned working saddles. It is that simpler style that inspires our saddle line with that high pommel and long strands that suggest the classic stirrups. 


 

AREA 51 EARRINGS

In 1947 a crash site near Roswell NM became one of the most well known events of the UFO mythology. It is rumored that the alien technology from that site was taken to the top secret research facility at Area 51 in Nevada. This pendant suggests a mysterious metal form rising into the desert sky through the concentric waves of a shimmering heat mirage.

DRAGONFLY EARRINGS

Dragonflies are venerated everywhere they are found and symbolize a lightness of the soul and agility of the mind. The dragonfly motif is found in the arts and crafts around the world with a unique significance in our Southwest region. When Spanish missionaries introduced symbolic crosses, especially the double-barred cross, they were eventually adapted into a wide variety of patterns including many representations of dragonflies still found in arts and crafts throughout the region.

We introduce our take on this iconic double winged flier. Our recall of spring days and warm summer nights by the Rio Grande is inseparable from the acrobatics and flash of color from our local dragonflies. They are one of the earths earliest fliers, over 300 million years old but their enthusiastic flight and simple silhouettes are utterly timeless. 

DOUBLE ORYX HORN NECKLACE

Oryx were introduced into Southern New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range (Trinity site) in 1969 as exotic big game. Coyotes and mountain lions posed no threat and the Oryx thrived, tipping the balance of the White Sands National Monument’s ecosystem. The stylized image of stark black horns against white gypsum sands is one only conjured up in dreams. I received an Oryx skull with horns from a friend (thanks, Matt) whose father found while walking near White Sands.

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Wavy Tang New York

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Wavy Tang is an emerging fashion jewelry brand of minimal and trendy fashion style. All of the products are handmade by jewelry designer Wavy Tang, and the main material is sterling silver and argentium silver. The goal of Wavy Tang Jewelry is to provide ladies at all age a classic and never-out-of-date style to daily life…wavy tang

Biography

Yucen Wavy Tang was born and raised in Suzhou, China. She attended Academy of Art University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree of Architecture, and got her MFA in Jewelry design in 2014, followed by her first solo exhibition in San Francisco based on her thesis “self-discovery”, and several juried exhibitions, including the IMPACT Juried Exhibition in Brookline Arts Center.

The main materials of wavy’s jewelry are silver, enamel and mirrored acrylic. By making amoeba inspired jewelry in enamel, wavy’s trying to express her feeling of realizing herself.  In her jewelry works, design too becomes a medium for expression of identity, and self exploration becomes self invention. Outward visualizations of microbiological motifs represent the internal process of self-discovery, made manifest at a macro level.

With the working experience with jewelry artist Emiko Oye and BCBG Max Azria Group, wavy created her own style of presenting fashion in her thesis work. Now wavy’s design is more sophisticated and professional. She will continue her thesis of self-discovery in the future and make more artwork presenting herself.

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Real NYC Market is Enjoying the Fall – October is the month with vivid colors, changing of seasons, feasts, holidays, pumpkin patches, apple ciders, Columbus Day and the beauties within the season.

Join us every weekend in October directly shopping from the Makers, Artists & Designers at Real NYC Market.  We are a #makermarket – filled with arts, designs, collections, unique ideas, home decor, jewelry, accessories, clothing and more.  We are open every weekend this month:  October 11 & 12, October 18 & 19, October 25 & 26…. and then on for HOLIDAY 14!  TBA

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logoZagbox particiatped at World Maker Faire  – and congratulations Peter Lowe for winning the Editor’s Choice Award at World Maker Faire a few weeks ago!  We are looking forward to having you at Real NYC Market this Saturday!

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WHAT IS ZAGBOX

Zagbox is a line of artistic containers made in the US from sustainably grown wood, which beautifully display and highlight the objects they hold.  They arrive flat packed, and rely on clever features cut into the wood to assemble easily without tools or fasteners.  Each is designed to be multipurpose, and we encourage users to come up with creative uses for them.

The boxes are designed to ship flat, which reduces shipping cost and impact, and the end user simply folds and snaps the pieces together to form the box (this takes about a minute).  To allow the boxes to quickly transform from flat to sturdy container, we combined unique design features including dovetail joints which snap into place with a satisfying click, and “living hinges” cut into the wood, which make it flexible.zagbox

We have spent a lot of time carefully crafting designs, sourcing materials, and locating suppliers in order to reduce the environmental impact of producing the boxes and to manufacture entirely in the US.

DESIGN

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”  — William Morris

There are three Zagbox designs, and they share a similar architecture and design aesthetic employing wood living hinges and snap-together dovetail joint construction.  They arrive flat packed and are easily assembled and disassembled by hand.

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SUSTAINABILITY

We have been inspired by the example of companies like Patagonia, which consider customers, employees, and the environment in their decisions, and demonstrate that taking care of all stakeholders can pay off in the end.

Because of this, we have paid a considerable amount of attention to the environmental impact of the boxes and designed them to minimize impact through their entire life cycle:

  • Made of sustainably-produced wood (FSC certified) and natural shellac finish
  • Renewable energy used for production
  • Flat pack reduces packaging and fuel to transport
  • Biodegradable at end of life.

We hope to improve the sustainability of Zagbox even further in the future.  -Zagbox

Amazing work!  We are looking forward to having you!  

Special visit from KITREX.…  we can’t wait!  We love you KitRex !  #dreamcometrue #smartideas by  Lisa GloverLisa Glover Chipboard dinosaur KitRex

 What a great weekend ahead!  We are so excited!!!!  See you all soon!
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