.: The Remembery Capsule: A little cylinder of memories that have been captured in personalized tokens :.
I would like to welcome and introduce to you one of my featured sponsors, Amy owner of the online shop AG Ambroult.
Amy is a metalsmith, her shop offers many fine handcrafted jewelry pieces. I am excited to announce that one of these Remembery capsules will be given away on Gardenmama. The Remembery Capsule is valued at $120.00. One lucky winner will receive this personalized piece of art by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
If you'd like to read about a Remembery Capsule in more detail, you can read Amy's blog post here.
.: The capsule is a heartfelt gift, customizable for any occasion. It can document a family's journey (wedding pic, new home, one for each child, pets, etc...), or celebrate a single occasion (a capsule full of wedding photos), a child's life (birth, kindergarten, first lost tooth, etc...), or whatever you can dream up (maybe a capsule full of bird illustrations, because you love birds) :.
Gardenmama: Would you share with us how owning your own jewelry designing/fabricating business has made a positive impact on your life?
AG Ambroult: Having my jewelry business has prompted a heightened awareness in me. I find myself looking, with new eyes, for the beauty in everything from shadows to plants, the sky to the dirt—any and everything that might hatch an idea for a new piece. I tend to get distracted by life's chores, so having the obligation of creating is a good reminder to slow down and find the aesthetic in the ordinary.
.: Individual memories are kept within a token. The images in the tokens are your choice—a map, a photograph or illustration. Each token fits neatly into the capsule. The best part of all? There is plenty of room to add more tokens, as the journey continues... :.
Gardenmama: What is it about the process of creating a new piece that speaks to you?
AG Ambroult: I'm not sure what the appeal is but to me, there is just something about taking raw materials and manipulating them into beautiful and interesting pieces. I chose the word "Elemental " to describe my work because it truly speaks to the organic nature of the process. Starting with silver (or copper), which comes from the earth, and using fire and tools to transform it wearable pieces. The history of metalsmithing and jewelry making is rich, and I think I like being a part of that, too.
.: The word remembery was invented by Amy's then-three-year-old daughter who confused the words remember and memory. Her family loves that word, and uses it all the time. Maybe you'll add that one to your vocabulary, too! :.
Gardenmama: Please tell us a bit about your jewelry design style
AG Ambroult: My design style is always changing. I started out making contemporary pieces—earthy but modern jewelry. Recently, I have been creating some more rustic pieces, ones that are hammered, beat up, and finished with sandpaper, rather than having a polished look. I have a feeling I will continue to vacillate between the two styles over time. I am hoping to someday find the middle-road and blend the two styles successfully.
Gardenmama: What inspires your creativity in your everyday life?
AG Ambroult: My family. I am lucky to be surrounded by some very creative folks. My girls (ages 5 and 7) are prolific artists who never cease to amaze me with their art. They go about their artwork with such confidence, humor, and enthusiasm. I can't help but want to mirror those attributes when I am designing/fabricating.
My husband is also a big creative inspiration for me. In addition to his job as a carpenter, he is a woodworker, pianist, and candy maker (yum!). His avenues of creativity are very different from mine, and I find it refreshing to watch him and his processes.
.: Please leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this customized piece of art, for three extra entries add a link into your next blog post to this giveaway! Comments will close at 8:00pm est on Saturday November 21. The lucky winner will be announced the same evening at 9:00 est. :.
Shop: AG Ambroult