I've always loved to paint. Perhaps, unlike cooking, it doesn't skip a generation. My mother is an artist, with a skill so innate I'd swear she was born with a paintbrush in her hand. Or, perhaps it does skip a generation here and there, now that I think about it. My grandmother was a great admirer, supporter, (and collector) of art, but not so keen on the making of it, insisting up until her final years that she was "still looking for her talent." My great-grandmother, however, adored painting, even taking classes throughout her life, and I love that the Elva Fields studio gallery wall shows off a floral still life painted by Elva Fields herself.
Somewhere along the line, though, despite my joy in putting brush to paper and canvas, I somehow--and maybe even subconsciously--determined that I had to choose between jewelry and painting as a career path. And, once jewelry was the choice, I convinced myself that any temptation to pursue painting as a business would be nothing short of disaster. Essentially, I built a wide, invisible, dividing-line wall between the two. I painted exclusively for fun: thank-you notes and postcards, gifts for friends, backdrops for photo shoots, doodling in the margins of to-do lists, and rainy-day painting with my daughters. And I've loved it.
But lately (as in the-last-three-years lately) I've felt a pull to put my painting out there on a larger scale, to a wider audience beyond friends and family. I largely ignored the instinct, mostly because I'm a huge chicken and also because I was following the unwritten rule I'd made for myself so long ago, and in addition to being a huge chicken, I'm also a very well-behaved rule follower. (Mostly.) I'm also, as it turns out, a gal who follows her heart...even in matters of business; in recent weeks, I've taken a closer look at my position on the separation of gems and paint and realized I could change my mind. Like an artist's palette, I'm seeing there are shades of gray between the black and white.
So, I've gathered a small collection of work to share for now--all original works on paper painted in gouache and watercolor that show the start of something new here at Elva Fields. Or, rather, something not-so-new but representative of a more full, vibrant, and--dare I say--authentic Elva Fields. How fitting that the collection makes its debut headed into Mother's Day weekend, an unintentional but timely tribute to the mothers and grandmothers who share and shared their gifts so beautifully with me, and, now with you.
Make a difference in another's life in honor of the mother who makes a difference in yours. Our latest limited-edition earring--just in time for Mother's Day--is an updated version of our vintage love knots, this time with a gorgeous golden banded interlace design, a symbol and reminder of connectedness.
A portion of each earring purchase supports your choice of three amazing and worthwhile organizations that work each day to change lives and serve others with compassion, kindness, and respect:
- The Cabbage Patch : a 106-year-old organization that reaches at-risk families and youth through recreational, educational, and service-based programs and opportunities from tutoring, mentoring, after-school classes, scholarships, and much more.
- Kentucky Refugee Ministries : providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into the community.
- The Healing Place : reaching men and women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction through one of the nation's most effective and hopeful programs, providing tools for recovery and restoring productive lives
Your gift will arrive wrapped and ready for giving with a note explaining the impact of the earrings and the specific charity they support. It is our hope that this small-batch style may be of service to the greater good, bringing love and light on this Mother's Day and beyond.
It's officially Derby season in the Elva Fields studio, and we'd love for you to be part of the most wonderful time of year here in the Bluegrass! Whether you'd like the opportunity to shop our jewelry in person or you're more interested in collaborating on a design to complete your look for the track or upcoming gala, a visit to the studio is just the thing!
We've set up a series of studio appointments on our site, with designated hour-long slots that allow sips and shopping for up to 2 people in our Crescent Hill spot. You'll have the place to yourself/selves and time to browse the ready-to-wear looks we've created or to commission a custom jewel from our collections of beads and vintage finds.
If you don't see a time that works for you from our listed appointment offerings, choose our "Set A Date" option, and we'll be in touch to find an hour that's a fit for your schedule.
We can't wait to see you soon and share in the Derby fun this year!
Emily and the Elva Gals
Appointments available here, from April 10th through May 3rd.