Brooklyn Studio Share

Hey friends! I’ve got some news: I’m moving back to Brooklyn. Yup. In early May. BUT, I have more urgent business: I’ve locked down a studio space from, like, now, because it was too awesome to pass up. So even though I’m not there, I’m looking for sharers. I’ll be in NYC next week to meet prospective studiomates (and also to do other stuff), so please please spread the word to anybody who might be looking.

It’s a 700sq ft studio, and I don’t need anything like that much, so I’m looking to find one or two people to share it with. I’m going to be using about third of it, so there’s about 460 sq ft left over. I figure the easiest way to divide it is to make two other spaces of about 230sq ft, for $460 each, but that’s totally flexible. It’s available from March 10th. While I’m not there you can do whatever terrible things you like to my third of the space.

I’ll be using the studio to draw, run the jewellery business, draw, make stuff, draw, etc. I have a fantasy about getting a kiln and building a printing press. The space is perfectly suited to small creative businesses, but really anybody who wants somewhere to make work and needs more space than just a desk. Illustrators, ceramicists, textile artists, painters, sculptors, jewellers, designers… All good people need apply. This 700sq ft space is one-third of a way larger studio, shared with Amelie Mancini and Ariele Alasko. They’ve built walls & windows between the spaces, but it’s not totally cut off, so we have the advantage of actually seeing other human beings! A bit of a privilege for the self-employed.

The studio will be empty when we move in, a blank slate (the photo is of it with it’s current occupant). We can build dividing walls and put shelves up and anything we desire to make it a perfect work space. It’s in a big old industrial building filled with artists studios. Has an elevator, daily USPS & FedEx pickups (!!! goodbye post office queues), 24h security, roof access. Wifi, of course. It’s on Park Ave at Nostrand in Bed-Stuy.

The only caveat is I’d prefer not to have really loud machine work or strong chemicals in the space - although there is roof access which can be used for chemicals / solvent / spray paint / wading pools etc. Other than that, anybody interested, get in touch. Shoot me an email at kblegvad@gmail.com and let’s work this out. Come make stuff with us!

I’m Etsy’s featured shop right now - there’s a long interview, alongside many studio photos taken by May Coker - up on the Etsy blog. Have a look, but be warned, there are photos of my face that cannot be avoided. 

Click here to see.

My tiny cat necklace on a ceramic cat dish by Leah Goren, on what looks like a white shag rug. Livin’ the life.

Photo by Gabriella. 

Christmas Instagram Roundup

There’s been an amazing quantity of photographs coming my way lately - instagrams of people’s Datter christmas gifts. I knew I’d been working hard on a lot of holiday orders recently and it’s great to see the fruits of that labour. Here’s a whole bundle of photos that came in over the past couple of days. Happy holidays everybody!

Picture credit L-R: @theloveparcel, @_r_m, @printedpeanut, @stickarounddd, @kate_bauhaus, @whatkatiedoes, @sew_devine, @lauraanncoates@charlottemei_@sarahdrinkwater

A couple shots of my pieces at the holiday market at Committee of Taste, a vintage furniture and oddities shop in Stoke Newington. My friend Jo Waterhouse organised it - we had a good time hanging out with our work and some mulled wine amongst the splendid things. 

Here’s something extremely cool: 3 generations of the same family wearing the watchful eye ring. Madelon (one of the lovely ladies on the Renegade Craft Fair team), and her mum, and her grandmother. Love that the older generations are stacking them with their wedding rings too - pride of place, clearly. 

New pieces, in the shop at last! 

Some teeny-tiny cats and skulls have just arrived, in the form of dainty rings and necklaces. Hope you like.

Some pictures of me in my studio taken for Metal Magazine, to accompany an interview I gave them. It just went online today - nice to be able to share the pictures! 

The photos were taken by Philipp Ammon, who managed to make both me and my studio look cleaner & neater than we truly are - not an easy task.

You can read the interview and see more photographs here.

My friend Margaux Kent (half of Peg and Awl) has been making beautiful jewellery lately. She posted this photo of her rings worn alongside my protective hand ring. 

She’s running a kickstarter campaign right now to print a book of her photographs, and these rings (among other things) are the rewards. It’s the final days now - have a look over here

A few photographs from the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco this summer. A nice surprise to find on the film I just had developed.

I’ll be at Renegade London again this year, on November 9 + 10th at the Old Truman Brewery - come by, say hi, hang out! I’d love to see you, London friends. 

too much?

I’m having a little sale in honour of halloween. Our two most popular (and spookiest, obv) rings are up to 30% off until all hallow’s eve. In brass, silver, and rose, yellow, or white gold. If you’d been thinking of getting one, now’s the time.

Happy halloween! Go forth and form covens. 

Many birds in hand. 

A few moons ago (not thaaat many) I posted about doing a shoot with Kelly Angood’s handmade pinhole camera. We got the results back and they’re just what I hoped: distressed, ancient-looking images. Softening all the detail so the jewellery is almost reduced to silhouettes. Just shape. Analogue delivers the goods as usual. 

P.s. the camera delivers sharp results too, when not forced to shoot close up to tiny things. If you wanted to get some shots that were in focus, you could, I guess, if you have to. 

Update from another badass illustrator friend Rose Blake: baby snails like Datter.