My Assistant, Valerie Vasquez

posted 2014 Sep by Julie Cohn



This is Valerie Vasquez. She is my amazing assistant and the one posting our new work on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. While the posts are in third person, she speaks for me while I am busy with the Fall collection and designing our new gold collection. Thank you all for comments and support. We are really excited about the new pieces posted on the website.  Black is Beautiful could certainly be a subcategory. 

Black is Beautiful

The Fun Couple

posted 2013 Nov by Julie Cohn

Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays. My husband and I have not dressed up for maybe 20 years. At the suggestion of my daughter's friend we decided to dress up as each other. I thought I'd post this even though Halloween has passed. While I don't feel like the "fun" ones of my younger friends, our costume was a hit. Dave is wearing the Molten necklace for those of you trying to get his "look". He hasn't done his Polyvore page yet. Talk amongst yourselves......

 

Fall

posted 2013 Oct by Julie Cohn

I walk at the lake at the end of my street early in the mornings. Everyday it provides a wealth of source material for my work. Today I saw the first tinge of fall color; not yet the blood red leaves that inspired my Orchid necklace. The stems left from the flowers that have stopped blooming are just as beautiful as when the flowers were the main event. Here are some of my recent finds that will eventually meander their way into my work.

The 2013 Fall Collection

posted 2013 Oct by Julie Cohn

I met photographer Shayna Fontana at one of my trunk shows early last year. We clicked. Being an artist and designer for 30 years has exposed me to lots of creative people. Some talk a big game and don’t deliver, but a select number are actually the real deal. They’re visionary, they follow through on commitments and deadlines, and do fantastic work all while being a professional. Shayna is that rare person.

In September, Shayna and stylist Carlos Alonso Parada put together a shoot for my fall jewelry collection. Carlos is also the real deal. The synergy between their talents is evident in the work. Everything looks effortless and beautiful on model Vanessa Moody, who’s hair and make-up were done by Kate YanceyShayna’s laid back style of shooting with natural light, using my house and garden as the setting, was spontaneous and unlabored. Of course what jewelry designer doesn't get thrilled when they see their jewelry worn with Comme de Garçon clothing?  

Lights at the end of the Tunnel: Luminaria

posted 2013 Jun by Julie Cohn

It has been almost 2 years since artist Diana Goldberg and I applied for our public art project at Dallas Love Field Airport and we are now literally seeing the lights at the end of the tunnel. Our piece Luminaria is currently at the fabricators and will be ready to install mid August. Last month we met with representatives from Love Field, the Aviation Dept. and the Dallas Public Art Program to view the first of 6  7'x10' brushed stainless steel lanterns. Not knowing if all the elements would come together in an elegant way and realize our original vision, we held our breath when they installed the lighting element. There was a collective sigh of relief to see that all of the elements came together just as we planned.This piece installs at the secondary exterior entrance to Love Field. If the ideas don't come together, there's nowhere to hide it.

This is by far the most ambitious project I have ever collaborated on. Without Diana's knowledge from 30 years of public art installations I would have been lost. Artists working in the public art sector are required to design/build; we have to hire engineers, read through soil reports, wind reports, structural reports, lighting and electrical engineering reports, work with fabricators and oversee the installation process. It took 6 months of CAD work just to interpret our designs for laser cutting on a CNC machine; slackers need not apply. Each lanturn is cut with an overall pattern that symbolizes an aspect of flight: Quantum Physics, Computers, Flight Routing, Wind Patterns, Jet Propulsion and the Bernoulli Principle. Lance Mayfield from LMS Fabrication is the guy you want when you're down to the fabrication and installation. Metal is his expertise and he never shies away from a challenge.

 

                                                               Here are some photos documenting the last month as we move towards completion.

Diana and me onsite at Love Field

                                                 Luminaria- Quantum Physics shown tacked welded together with protective paper covering the steel.

                                    The lanturn turned on it's side so the fabricator can roll it as they polish the welds. It looks like the end of a fuselage.

Quantum Physics illuminated

Luminaria- Quantum Physics illuminated

Luminaria - Flight Routing pattern, waiting for polishing.

 

Periphery

posted 2013 May by Julie Cohn

This spring in Dallas has been one of the prettiest I remember since I’ve lived here. As I work all day in my home studio facing my computer or jewelry table, the garden is always in my peripheral vision. What’s interesting about the periphery is that you don’t know what’s floating in through the backdoor of your consciousness until it comes out in your work. Here are some of the highlights of our garden through my lens. What’s in your periphery?



Mother's Day

posted 2013 May by Julie Cohn

 Mother's Day...my daughter Mila has been sick all weekend. She gave me this card for Mother's Day this morning. I added my own significance to the series and then asked her about the imagery. It was inspired from her favorite online novel Homestuck. I love love love it wherever the inspiration came from, and of course LOVE her because she's so her. Happy Mother's Day everyone!



Inspiration

posted 2013 Mar by Julie Cohn

Two things I love in life are treasure hunting and making things. Recently I've been overindulging in both. I can't stop designing, which is a great problem to have unless you're my family and actually want to spend time with me. Inspiration seems to be everywhere - my walks at the lake near my house and my recent trip to the Tucson Gem Show. Tucson was a scavenging and buying trip. The sheer amount of raw materials at every price, exhibited from the Convention Center to shabby motel rooms was overwhelming. It was my idea of heaven. The challenge is to transform that "heaven" into jewelry.

 

STUDIO WALL

SKETCHES IN BRONZE

Creative Provocateur

posted 2012 Nov by Julie Cohn

 Recently I met Joslyn Taylor, editor, blogger, mom and all around woman of interest. We met over business but she left as my new friend and creative ally. We talked about our fragmented connection with our other creative women friends and wouldn't it be great if we could amass these women together for a Salon. I am envious of my friends in NY that talk about all these groups that get together to network and inspire and unify the creative community. Not being big on joining groups, I realized that if I curated my own group of women  I'd obviously want to come. I have discussed this notion for a long time with other artists I know but never took the time to get if together. Enter Joslyn...the woman that makes things happen. We brainstormed the idea and are planning the first one. I have no idea what form it will take but the idea now has momentum. 

Looking around my studio as we talked, Joslyn took photos of what she found inspiring in my studio. Here's a window into what I look at everyday. What do you look at everyday that inspires you?

Julie 



 

 

 


 

 

The Launch

posted 2012 Jun by Julie Cohn

On May 6th we previewed my premiere jewelry collection in Dallas at my studio and coupled it with a tour of my husband's garden. Hundreds of people came to shop and saunter through the garden with a glass of wine. It was a whirlwind and the culmination of 3 years of very hard work. 

We sold 5 times the amount of jewelry we anticipated, hit the ground running and haven't stopped. Within the first week the collection was mentioned in an article on Dallas women jewelry designers in WW Daily. Not bad for our first collection! This was followed by another article in Dallas's FD Luxe. The phones are ringing and we are rushing to launch our e-commerce site by mid June.

I guess I can now finally call myself a jewelry designer. I've been hedging on that moniker for awhile.