Apparently, money does grow on trees! Honestly though, have you ever seen trees scaled with coins? In several wooded areas around Cumbria and Portmeirion in the UK, people have been hammering small denomination coins intro trees for centuries. The practice is said to date back as far as the early 1700s, in Scotland, where ill people would stick florins into trees in hopes that the trees would cure their illnesses. In 1877, Queen Victoria wrote about visiting an oak tree with coins stuck in it in Scotland’s Highlands. Amazing.
When I used to live in New York, I would swing by New York Adorned on a regular basis to fawn over their collection of unusual and exquisite jewelry. Recently, while in New York, we stumbled upon their newly expanded shop Love, Adorned in Nolita. The store is impressive – with the most well edited collection of jewelry at every price range, unique home accessories, and other lust worthy trinkets. I couldn’t resist purchasing an amazing brass and pyrite Marly Morettibracelet. So in love. And so patiently waiting for them to open an online shop . . .
I usually associate spring with flowers, birds, and nature, as I’m sure many of you do too. But what Mary Katrantzou has done with spring’s most predictable motif is uncommon to say the least – abstractly blending technology and mankind with nature. Inspired by John Chamberlain‘s crushed-car sculptures, Katrantzou incorporated the toughness of metal into her collection: literally, with actual pieces of tin appliqued to the fabrics and figuratively, with prints made up of metal objects and graphics. Combine that with flowers, fish and scales and once again, we’re blown away by just about everything Mary touches.