Friday, February 08, 2008
New at HQ: Catch Frames by Hilary Thomson
Wow, I'm the queen of procrastination this week, I was supposed to do this post on Monday! Sorry Hilary! But trust me folks, these beautiful pieces are worth the wait! We first met Hilary at the Puces POP craft sale and loved her pieces from the get go, then met again during the crazy weeked of Souk@SAT where we were both showing. Finally we coordinated our schedules and Catchframes are now available at HQ!
"CatchFrames" are functional pieces of art created to arrange and organize your own personal collection of necklaces and earrings. They're being put to good use at HQ displaying the beautiful designs of our many talented jewelery designers. But don't be fooled, each and every one of these frames is also for sale, but it's kind of nice to see them "in use" to understand how they would look in your home.
Hilary Thomson moved from her home town of Gander, Newfoundland in 1998 to study Electroacoustics at Concordia University. After graduating and going on to work at The National Film Board of Canada for a number of years, Hilary came to realize that she was more strongly drawn to creating visual art; painting, drawing and other interesting art projects.
As a way to organize and display her own jewellery, Hilary began making CatchFrames out of vintage frames and started to give them as gifts to close friends. Their popularity grew, friends told friends and the orders started rolling in. Soon CatchFrames were being sold in choice retail boutiques around Montreal (check them out at Lustre as well!). Hand stitched, hand painted and dyed, each unique frame comes with a pouch of long pins used as hooks to hang not only jewelery but anything that deserves to be displayed. What was once a tangled mess of gold chains in a box is now displayed on a one of a kind CatchFrame!
The frames shown above are just examples of a few of the designs Hilary has come up with. Each one is entirely one of a kind, and we have 4 beautiful examples of her designs hanging at HQ right now. Not to put any pressure on you guys out there, but we think these would make an AMAZING valentines day gift for your honey. Most of us can't have a walk in closet, but this little piece would go a long way towards making us feel like we kind of do!