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Live action Haute Mess

If you're prone to seizures, you probably shouldn't view this post. This past spring, my Pro Nailz knuckle dusters were featured in a Vogue Italia editorial. The article  has garnered a lot of attention for being a…

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Added by Islay Taylor on July 31, 2012 at 6:57am — No Comments

That Chain So Crazy!

Note: I've been working on this blog post for quite a while now, and I'm honestly not sure it's going to make any sense, so good luck reading!



One of my favorite things about jewelry is it's role as a communication device which turns the wearer into a billboard expressing the wearers beliefs. Traditionally, jewelry also doubles as a portable…
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Added by Islay Taylor on April 28, 2011 at 5:04pm — No Comments

COSTUME COSTUME PHOTOS

The New York SOFA show was last weekend, and I was thrilled to have my work taken to the exhibit by Sienna Gallery and The Opulent Project. TOP organized a display called COSTUME COSTUME, which featured handmade contemporary jewelry by emerging artists who deal with the subject of adornment, costuming, and jewelry. TOP installed a photobooth in their space so that attendees of SOFA could…
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Added by Islay Taylor on April 21, 2011 at 6:48am — 1 Comment

COSTUME COSTUME

I'm excited to be part of The Opulent Projects upcoming project, COSTUME COSTUME, which will be making it's debut at Sienna Gallery's booth at the NYC SOFA exhibit from April…

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Added by Islay Taylor on April 17, 2011 at 5:59am — No Comments

Pro Nailz!

I am so excited to have my most recent round of documentation back from my photographer, Maureen Keaveny. The images came out wonderfully, and she really did a wonderful job capturing the essence of the pieces that I've recently completed. I'm most proud of the series of knuckle dusters that I've been working on, which feature bezel… Continue

Added by Islay Taylor on March 23, 2011 at 10:09pm — No Comments

It's The Final Count Down

In the eternal words of Europe, It's The Final Count Down... I've only got a few days left until my upcoming deadline of a photo shoot, and my studio is a mess as I try to get organized for the documentation. The picture is of the mourning necklaces that I've been working on spread out all over my work bench. Also, I'd like to point out that my grandmother made that work bench... pretty amazing!!! I've got three necklaces, two brooches, and four rings to finish by the end of the… Continue

Added by Islay Taylor on December 6, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Oxygen tank!!!

I've never liked the look of a lone propane tank... Being out of oxygen is a total bummer!

Added by Islay Taylor on December 1, 2010 at 6:34am — 3 Comments

Documenting Work...

What's a great way to spend a Friday night, and I'm not being sarcastic here? I spent last night documenting some of my recent work with Maureen Keaveny, which was so much fun! I really like shooting work on models as well as off the body; and my models were great. I attached a couple pictures below, one of Josie wearing her wedding dress to highlight the design of the neoprene necklaces. And another of Olivia, she looks amazing in the retroglo…
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Added by Islay Taylor on October 9, 2010 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Chromophilia Reviewed!





I'm excited to have the exhibit that I curated, Chromophilia, get a review in one of our local papers,

The Providence Phoenix. The article, by Greg Cook, highlights some of the work in the exhibition and touches upon the aesthetic of the show. Personally,… Continue

Added by Islay Taylor on October 1, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Interview with me in SO Rhode Island Magazine

I was recently interviewed for what I thought was going to be a short side-bar piece about myself and my role as Gallery Director at Hera Gallery... However, when I picked up the latest issue of SO Rhode Island Magazine, a local Arts & Entertainment Monthly, I was surprised to see a full page portrait of myself smiling (awkwardly) back at me.


Despite the intimidating full…
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Added by Islay Taylor on September 23, 2010 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Providence: The Artists' Nest

There's a really interesting article in this issue of Art New England about the Providence art scene written by Doug Norris. Doug is a wonderfully observant art writer who primarily reviews for the South County Independent, and freelances for national publications as well. Considering that I live… Continue

Added by Islay Taylor on September 22, 2010 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Chromophilia Installation Photos

Here are some photographs from the installation of Chromophilia at Craftland. This show, which I co-curated with Devienna Anggraini, features the work of Emiko Oye, Anthony Tammaro, Mike and Maaike, Jimin Park, Jenny Bradley, Amy Weiks, and Mariana Acosta.


I have to say that the final display looks wonderful. The work really brightens up the gallery with the highly…
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Added by Islay Taylor on September 20, 2010 at 3:58pm — 2 Comments

Jewelry finds in Edinburgh

While I was recently in Edinburgh, I visited The Antiquity Shoppe. Although I was on a specific mission to find antique coins to add to my travel bracelet, I ended up finding so many more treasures at The… Continue

Added by Islay Taylor on September 17, 2010 at 9:48pm — 4 Comments

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