Morphik is an arts-focused design company founded with the vision that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and own art... and wear it.
above: artwork by Bob Dob on turquoise calf leather wristband and photo by Jerry Uelsmann on python textured leather bracelet
Designed as an art-to-wear accessory piece, Morphik's men's and women's cuffs -or bracelets- feature limited edition artwork by many of today's hottest lowbrow artists, graffiti artists and illustrators and would make a very special gift for any contemporary art lover. Reproduced in a square frame and clasp made of brushed stainless steel, the artwork has an acrylic face that is scratch resistant. The artwork can also be hung on the wall just like a favorite painting or photograph (as shown in the example below).
above: artwork by Ciou is shown mounted for display
above: the back of the stainless steel insert is etched with the artist's name
The stainless steel frame enclosing the artwork drops and locks magnetically into the leather wristband or cuff.
above: artwork by graffiti artist John "Crash" Mathos on Men's Black Calf leather wristband
above: artwork by Skount on Men's Cognac distressed leather wristband
The artworks are interchangeable and can be switched out by pushing through a small opening at the back of the bracelet. The combination of wristband and artwork presents a truly unique outlet for personal expression.
The same piece of artwork (DAIM's Cold Explosion) can take on different characteristics when you change the leather wristband:
The same wristband or cuff (distressed metallic gold) with different pieces of artwork by Kim Zu and Nathan Ota:
They have a huge selection of both artwork and leather cuffs for both men and women. You can choose from photography, illustration, paintings, graffiti and more. Below are a few examples from some of the artists:
DOES and John "Crash" Mathos:
The leather wristbands are stitched and assembled in Los Angeles.
•available in six colors (Calf and Vintage leather),
•Size 7 1/4 - 9 inches or 18 1/2 - 23 cm.
•available in 24 beautiful colors (Calf, Vintage, Metallic and Python textured leather), •Size 6 1/4 - 7 1/2 inches or 16 - 19 cm
above: artwork by Maggie Taylor
Careful thought and care has been made to retain the artwork’s original attributes. Printed on genuine Moab fine art paper and placed under a scratch resistant cover, the artwork is set securely inside a stainless steel frame. The image is made using a highest standard for inkjet printing performance. This original process results in archival prints that deliver amazing color and an acutely clear, photographic appearance. This metal frame contains strong magnets that allow it to lock securely.
Maintaining the idea that our art-inspired goods are objects of value and meaning, we have designed unique boxes to ensure care and safekeeping. The artwork comes in a specially made box with a black, finely textured outer covering. The artwork magnetically locks into a metal pedestal at the center where it is firmly held in place. At the top of the box is a closed window to display the piece. There are features on the back that allow the box to be hung on the wall. In form and function, the box is very similar to the frame of an artwork.
THE BRACELET BOX:
We have given great thought and time to the design of our boxes to provide care, safekeeping, and aesthetic value. The band comes in a specially made box with a black, finely textured outer covering. A display window is located at the top. Magnets are built inside to securely hold the band in place. The box can be placed on a dresser or table for display.
THE ARTIST BOOKLET
Each artwork comes with a booklet with information about the artist and work. Like an exhibition catalogue, the booklets contain the artist’s biography along with descriptions about each of their artworks available at Morphik. The artists have provided their own descriptions, which include interesting background details about the creative process, inspiration, and ideas behind each image.
A guiding principal at Morphik is to make contemporary artists more accessible to a larger and more diverse audience. For this reason, support of the artist community is very important. Our artist network spans the globe including Japan, China, the United States, Brazil, Germany, and France. Each artist has his or her individual style. Working in genres such as painting, graffiti and photography, each artist creates an exciting and fresh visual language representing the diverse trends happening in contemporary art practice today.
Morphik works to generate sponsorship of arts organizations that bring awareness to the benefits and vitality the arts have to offer. By donating to the arts, we aim to build creative and supportive partnerships worldwide.
Shop for your Morphik Art and bracelets here
They're cheeky, and yes, they're a little cheap looking, but they are fun. Flip flop necklaces are jewelry that gives you the option to change your mood (or to say one thing when you are really thinking another) with the twist of a chain.
Made for both children and adults, the gold-plated stainless steel and sterling silver necklaces have two words mounted on opposite sides of one chain with the clasp and hangtag in between them:
Words range in width, measuring roughly 3/4" each. All word and chain measurements are approximate and come in small (14") or large (16").
I LOVE YOU/GO AWAY:
From 100%Gumdrop whose products are designed in downtown NYC using sterling silver, stainless steel and dipped in wondrous 14K gold. Our products are lead free and are manufactured entirely in the great states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, USA.
Slightly overpriced at $50.00, you can buy them here.
Hand-crafted from solid pieces of natural agate druze, these ONDO rings by Rablabs are each a little bit different. Polished shanks with rough crystallized tops, the rings shimmer and catch the light- as well as everyone's attention.
Colors and patterns on these rings vary. Each is formed by water and minerals rushing through an ancient lava stream. Some appear almost clear, others darker, others are infused with colors like yellow purple or brown. Each as individual as you are.
The rings come in three size ranges and at the time of this post, cost $88 USD a piece.
buy them here
Kerry Howley is a contemporary jeweller and jewellery artist recently graduated with a First Class BA Hons Jewellery and Accessories degree from Middlesex University. She is fascinated by the power materials have to influence our emotional response to jewellery, with a particular interest in how these emotions can be conflicting.
Attraction/Aversion is Kerry's award winning graduate collection, winning the Museum of Domestic Architecture's Arthur Silver Award for graduate innovation and excellence.
Attraction/Aversion is a material exploration of how people can feel seemingly opposing emotional responses simultaneously.
The necklaces are made of human hair, a familiar material that we take pride in. However once off of the body hair becomes an innate source of aversion. Kerry wanted to see if she could make discarded hair attractive again.
Through the familiar form of a necklace, and using patterns and symmetry that are instinctively pleasing, Kerry has created a delicate balance between the viewer/wearer’s feelings of aversion and attraction.
Credits for images below: Photography by Lucy Eleanor Brown, Styling by Emma Breden, Make-up by Jemma Stokes, Model Hannah Alton from Gingersnaps:
Kerry is happily available for commission.
Your commission need not be jewellery, Attraction/Aversion is displayed in exhibitions as wall pieces, and a commission could make a personal, elegant and unusual talking point framed in your home.
For more details about a possible commission contact Kerry at email@example.com
all information and imagery courtesy of the artist.
above: a preview of the The Cupid & Pysche Valentine's Day Rings in the making
Not everyone can afford to spend two month's salary on a diamond ring for their significant other on Valentine's Day (sorry DeBeers). So here's a much less expensive alternative that may be a novelty but it will still make your loved one's heart go a-flutter.
Hong Kong-based handmade accessories designers Shannnam (chan io yau riyo and kwong ho sun howard) have encapsulated miniature worlds in resin to wear upon your finger. For this coming Valentine's Day, they've released a new limited edition collection, Cupid & Psyche, which consists of eight limited edition rings in which sweet couples, young and old, bask in the comfort of one another's company.
“Cupid and Psyche” Valentine’s Day Limited Edition Rings
Until We Don't Meet Again and the Path We Went Through:
The Promise (in four possible variations; Child, Autumn, Maple, Sakura):
Smell The Taste and Until we Don't Meet Again (Spring):
Other views of the Cupid and Psyche Valentine's Day Rings:
The rings are 100% handmade and come in two sizes, small and medium. Presently Shannnam has two collections, Fragmented Chronicles and the limited edition Cupid and Psyche rings.
Their Citizen Rings, shown below, are not yet available for sale:
The Fragmented Chronicles Rings Collection:
You can customize the tiny narratives by choosing from their miniature figures, making them even more personal.
above: The cast of characters from whom you can choose
all images courtesy of Shannam.
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An affiliated shop who sells the rings:
M O O I Shop
G/F NO.25 Haven Street,
Causeway Bay Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2882 1384
Mon-Sun 13:00 - 20:00
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