Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday's Focus - Glorious Gothic

It's Friday and that means it's time for a Friday's Focus feature.  Today's theme selector is Cathy Tuggle of HeadpinWear on Etsy.

I had left her a Faceboook message to let her know that she would be selecting today's theme and received a response with an emphatic "Gothic!"  Very apropos, since this is Halloween weekend and the somewhat dark and shadowy world of the Gothic renaissance and goth culture are so closely associated with this holiday! Before we get into my selections for today's theme, however, I'd love to share a little bit about Cathy and her shop.

Cathy, her husband, and her son live in the quaint little coastal city of Benicia, California located in the San Francisco Bay region. Known for its arts community as well as its historical districts, this city also holds the honor of having served as the capital city of California for a year from 1853-1854. As a port city, it's also home to many businesses who import goods from around the world.

Living in a community of artists and artisans, Cathy was exposed to the talented works of many artisans, and when the opportunity arose for her to try her hand at jewelry design during the recent economic downturn, HeadpinWear was born.

Cathy's current designs combine elements like earthy gemstones, classic pearls, vintage style metals, imported crystal, and versatile sterling silver and gold-filled components in fanciful, feminine, and very fashionable styles that are created with the utmost care and great attention to detail. While the items shown here are some of my personal favorites, please take a moment to visit HeadpinWear - you'll find a lovely selection of jewelry pieces in many themes, colors, and price ranges to suit your personality, fashion sense, and budget!

Now that you know a little bit more about Cathy and her shop, let's get focused on Cathy's selection for today's theme - Gothic! The past three decades or so have seen a renaissance of this genre in an updated version of Gothic designs and styles, with a variety of monikers assigned to fashion and decor subcultures including goth, noir, neo-Victorian, and Lolita, just to name a few. I personally think of the old soap opera Dark Shadows, or Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands when I think of this Gothic rebirth, but the artisans and artists of Etsy have a much wider scope of imagination! Here are a few of my favorite finds in this genre - these are for you Cathy!  Enjoy!

Gothic Victorian Layered Ribbon Choker w/ Vintage ornaments by PoisonGarden
Skull Ring by ParadiseFindings

The Gothic Door - Fine Art Photograph by sohobutterfly

Deirdre Hooded Dress Cloak in Velvet and Lace by rosemortem

Gothic victorian black raven skull mirror trinket box by SinisterVanity

I hope you've enjoyed this Friday's Focus on Glorious Gothic. If you'd like to have the opportunity to select next Friday's theme (and have a mini-feature of your shop done as well), please leave a comment and share your thoughts on today's selections!  Be sure to leave contact information as well.  One randomly chosen commenter will be chosen sometime next Thursday (November 4th) afternoon and contacted to decide on a theme!  Of course, I love reading your comments for whatever reason you feel the desire to post!

Thanks again to Cathy of HeadpinWear for such an awesome theme.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!



HeadpinWear said...

YAY! Thanks so much :)
This is the BEST!


Kathryn said...

Great Blog, Lovely and Interesting Art!
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Rose Mortem said...

It is refreshing to read a well-composed commentary such as this. The selections your guest chose to feature are all so lovely, and reflect a taste that has been cultivated rather than influenced. I'm so pleased to be included among those selected. Thank you!!!
All the best,

Denise said...

Great theme and beautifully featured items - love the beautiful leaf necklace and the cloak is simply divine!

Elease said...

Great blog! Thank you so much for showcasing my raven box <3

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great idea to have commentors choose a theme!
I love that Hooded pretty!

I've been making lots of cool Wood Items that's my idea for a theme :)
memoriesforlifescrapbooks at hotmail dot com

Judy Nolan said...

Great post on a style I know nothing about! There are many different ways to express Gothic fashion, I am learning. And I like that red cloak, too. Breathtaking!

Erika said...

I like the photograph of the door but then I am a sucker for architecture.


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