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Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 4, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Friends, we wish you a safe and wonderfully delightful 4th of July! May you celebrate all of the joy and sunshine you can possibly handle! For our friends across the globe, may you ALSO celebrate all of the joy and sunshine you can possibly handle. Because that is an everyday activity!

 

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Giveaway :: Chouchette

Thursday, July 3, 2014  ::  Written by:

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When I am in a place of transition in my life, one of the ways I center myself is to remember that we are all members of a global community. There is something about remembering that we are all small beings in the great scheme of things that helps focus the energy where it is needed most. One of the greatest rewards that comes from being a part of The Bright Side Project is the opportunity to bring attention to brands that live this ideal and allow our community to celebrate them.

Devrim Kadirbeyoglu founded Chouchette as way to inspire collaboration between both contemporary artists and traditional artisans to create high quality accessories.

At the core of Chouchette, producing is connected to the idea that we do not inherit nor own the world, and we share its resources. It is our duty to nurture the environment.

The result is a selection of gorgeously handcrafted wares that speak of unique and impeccable design. The “Stuck to the Floor” cushion is just calling to be a part of my couch while I’m thinking my summer just won’t be complete without these espadrilles.  What better way to be a part of the global community than to wear the artists of the world, don’t you think?

Chouchette is giving away one “Lamp” Small White Bag to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, July 10th.
Please visit Chouchette and tell us: What is your favorite part of your personality?
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Sunshine Post :: Chouchette

Thursday, July 3, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Devrim from Chouchette.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

I was born and raised in Istanbul in the wake of the 1980 military coup, a time when hundreds of thousands of intellectuals were killed, imprisoned, or driven into exile. This turmoil is written into my name – Devrim means “revolution.”  I studied fine arts at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2003, I earned an MFA from the Studio For Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Following my studies, I exhibited widely in Turkey, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S.A. In 2003, I moved to New York City where I lived for five years and worked as a custom rug designer at a large company in Manhattan that produces hand made carpets. I relocated in Istanbul at the end of 2008 and launched Chouchette in May 2013.

Chouchette was started with the mission of fostering collaboration between contemporary artists and traditional artisans. Our contemporary accessories such as bags, shoes and cushions are made by utilising an ancient wood block-printing method, developed and practiced in Anatolia since 7000 BC. All our products are hand-printed and assembled by artisans in Turkey, and each accessory is unique. It carries with it the history of its design and artisanal expertise. Our products are created in limited quantities in order to give the conscientious buyer something unique in the true sense of the word. Every hand-printed accessory is always hand finished, which means every piece has minor variations; a sign of its individuality. Our whole process, from start to finish, benefits the families of artisans and vibrant contemporary artists in our community. All our workers are paid high wages, and we do not support child labor. Chouchette’s accessories are durable, eco-friendly, artistic and timeless. They are also created ethically and with sustainability at the top of our mind. We use the highest quality fabrics and materials and work with local partners to keep transportation and energy use to a minimum.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

As I’m pursuing my career as an artist, I was searching for ways to create and curate for a larger crowd and Chouchette has made this possible. I work closely with artists and artisans, visit studios, think of new ways and processes of creating constantly and this challenge makes me extremely happy and productive.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Beauty is all around us, and for me especially in creating, curating, art, design and artisanal crafts. I believe in beautiful and organic products, and that fairness is never out of fashion. I see beauty in stylish and environmentally conscious creations because I care for a better life for all.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

There is nothing better than my family, friends, art, and Chouchette to bring joy to my life even on a dreary day. Life is too short not to love and to be loved.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m so very lucky and grateful to my family and friends for always being there for me, and supporting me with every step. I would not have become who I am without them, they are my teachers, mentors and supporters, making me a better person. I’m also grateful for all the richness that my country has to offer in craftsmen-ship. Chouchette is growing and our future goal is to be producing a wider variety of accessories from knives to accessories created from kilims, to quilts, to baskets, and copper accessories.

 

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Giveaway :: Limbo Jewelry Design

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Friends, let’s talk about simplicity, shall we? There is such a gift in embracing simplicity in that it allows the space for creativity to grow and expand. Since we are focusing our energy this month on the idea of “getting our feet wet” let’s take a look at the metaphor. The idea that we can always learn something new or grow in some way is one that suggests beginnings, a new perspective, a rebirth of sorts. When entering a season of our life focused on new and learning and growth, it’s best to embrace simplicity in all other areas. I find that (most especially) my style reflects a thoughtful, intended simplicity and I walk through my day reminded to be open for change. Might sound strange, but our next contributor embodies this in a way I think you’ll understand.

Husband and wife team Edson Enriquez and Anne Rutt-Enriquez began Limbo Jewelry Design in 2005 and their brand has grown to national recognition. Known for their architectural and simple designs, Limbo Jewelry is a haven for gorgeous work that celebrates empty space and honors clean, organic lines. The Drop Lariat Necklace and Lotus Vert Ring are a couple of personal favorites. Limbo Jewelry Design is a brand that celebrates beauty and expression with simplicity and you can rest assured that your own journey in embracing your beginning will be honored respectfully and with the proper adornment.

Limbo Jewelry Design is giving away one Small Bubble Ring in the winner’s choice of choice of Sterling Silver, 14kt Gold Fill, or 14kt Rose Gold Fill to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, July 9th.
Please visit Limbo Jewelry Design and tell us: What new beginning are you celebrating right now?
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Sunshine Post :: Limbo Jewelry Design

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Edson and Anne from Limbo Jewelry Design.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

We’re Edson and Anne Enriquez, owners of Limbo Jewelry Design.

 

About Limbo

Limbo Jewelry Design began as an intimate and unassuming retail pop-up shop in 2005, and has grown into a national brand with a storefront in Austin’s SoCo District and jewelry in independent boutiques across the country.

 

Limbo Jewelry is designed and carefully handcrafted in our own state-of-the-art and newly renovated studio in East Austin. We use 14kt Gold Fill and Sterling Silver, recycled and sustainably sourced materials, and we do not work with any plated metals.

About Anne (Co-Owner/Sales Director)

As a Chicago transplant raised in Texas, Anne has been developing her sales, networking and marketing abilities in the Austin professional scene for over 12 years, thus allowing her to take Limbo Jewelry in new and exciting directions since joining the company 6 years ago.

About Edson (Founder/Artistic Director)

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Edson honed his silversmithing and design skills while attending design school in Mexico, his background in industrial and lighting design serves as a canvas for his overall concept. As a designer it is Edson’s play with empty space that gives his work a sense of lightness and simplicity, and his clean lines in organic shapes define his style.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

Anne: That’s one of my favorite philosophies! Do what you like, if you love your job you will never work a day in your life.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Although we are based in Austin, we head to Chicago every summer to participate in Artisan Festivals, where we recharge our batteries and find inspiration.

Anne: I love how the city comes to life during the summer. Each neighborhood celebrates with outdoor festivals, amazing restaurants boast fantastic patios and there are gorgeous flowers on almost every corner.

Edson: I find inspiration in Chicago’s architecture. It helps me get in the right mindset to create new collections and inspires the overall look of the brand. In addition, the city encourages creative ways of approaching the expansion of our company.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

If it’s too dreary to take our rescue dogs to the park, you can find us dining with friends at a local restaurant or attempting international recipes in our kitchen.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

We love to travel, and we’re grateful to get to experience the world. On the business side, we’ve watched Limbo Jewelry Design grow in the last five years and had a successful first year with our South Congress storefront. We can’t wait to see what the next five years bring!

 

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Giveaway :: Foxglove Accessories

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  ::  Written by:

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I have only ever traveled abroad once. Growing up in western United States, our vacations were generally centered around the small radius of our house and day trips were more the story than not. In college, I spent a summer in Greece with some friends and it forever altered the way I see the world. There is something to be said about getting out of your comfort zone (literally). It changes the way you exist because you start to notice that our environments are living, breathing things that shape our minds and our hearts and our bodies. If life is the great teacher, travel is the best lesson plan.

Betsy Siber creates amazingly gorgeous jewelry that pays an homage to travel and beauty and art. Crafted from global postage stamps, Siber’s line of jewelry, Foxglove Accessories, holds meticulously crafted necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings that allow you to travel without ever leaving your home. You can wear destination of your dreams with the knowledge that these pieces have actually been around the world and seen things. There is energy in that, don’t you think? Visit Foxglove Accessories and see where your heart takes you.

Foxglove Accessories is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, July 8th, to see if you’ve won!
Please visit Foxglove Accessories and tell us: What is the best travel story you have? (Could be comical, enlightening, profound…we want to hear it!)
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Sunshine Post :: Foxglove Accessories

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Betsy from Foxglove Accessories.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hi! My name is Betsy and I run a little jewelry company called Foxglove Accessories. I work out of my (fantastic) basement studio in Chicago and create little trinkets from vintage postage stamps, balancing my time between the business and my two daughters, ages 3 years and 6 months. The business started back in 2007 when I was cleaning up some crafting supplies and rediscovered a box of stamps my father had given me. I was in a “use it or donate/toss it” mood, so naturally I sat down and designed a pair of earrings. After a bit of online research, I discovered that beautiful vintage stamps were amazingly abundant and started obtaining huge lots to sort through. I now make about 15 different styles of jewelry with worldwide postage stamps from the 1920s through 1960s.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I have always been a maker. Creating finished products that I am proud of is just part of my being. Foxglove allows me to share this need with others and also gives me the freedom to spend most of my time with my little girls. I love every part of what I do!

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

There is always beauty in the details. A little curly-cue in the corner of a 1920s Italian stamp, the way my solder liquifies in an instant and links a pendant together under the torch, the way my resin perfectly magnifies a few letters as I’m pouring it into a finished product, and so much more.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Otis Redding and a second cup of coffee.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Being surrounded by people who understand and support what I do.

 

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July Theme :: Get Your Feet Wet

Monday, June 30, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy July, friends. This month, let’s take a journey together, shall we? Let’s try new things. Let’s explore our options. Let take away the boundaries. Rather than stick with what we know, let’s expand our knowledge and venture outside the box. It’s time to step outside and break out of our comfort zones. This month, “Get Your Feet Wet.”

Let’s not forget the literal translation: actually get your feet wet! Whether it be in the ocean, a river, a pool, or a pedicure spa tub, getting your feet wet is a cleansing, ceremonial activity. Our feet ground us and, metaphorically speaking, what better way to remind ourselves to live in the moment than to take off our shoes and get them wet. There is a pause, a reflection in the action that speaks to one of the tenets we hold dear: embracing the moment.

Let’s use this month’s theme as a guide to keep us grounded while we explore new things. Let’s get our feet wet together, shall we?

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Weekly Wisdom :: Gandhi

Sunday, June 29, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Balmorhea – Pyrakantha

Friday, June 27, 2014  ::  Written by:

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This, friends, is pure beauty. Enjoy your weekend…sending you warmth and beauty and joy.

 

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