I met Jane through our mutual friend Amber a few years ago. Actually, I knew Jane’s jewelry first, as Amber was always wearing these beautiful glass rings, earrings and necklaces. Glass jewelry! Beautiful. Jane and I live and work in the same neighborhood and just the other day I ran into her as she was on her way to take her son George (the cutie above) to an art class at the YMCA.
Name: Jane D’Arensbourg
Occupation: Artist, Jewelry Designer
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Where do you currently reside?: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite MCMC fragrance: NOBLE
When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: I was 14 years old. I wore China Rain perfume oil, and I also wore YSL Paris.
If you were a plant, what would you be?: A Magnolia flower. It reminds me of my childhood in New Orleans.
What’s in your refrigerator right now?: Fermenting experiments and lots of other goodies. My husband is a chef. Yes I am spoiled!
Three words that describe you: Loyal, sensitive, dreamer
I am totally an impulse shopper. I won’t buy anything for months – literally, months – and then one day I’ll remember all these things I’ve been wanting and get them at once. Sigh…
Happy to report that my most recent acquirements include a pair of Melissa Joy Manning horseshoe hoop earrings, a Talon silver amulette, and I finally did decide on that Claire Vivier Le Mini Sac.
middle photo via Honestly WTF / bottom photo via Reasonably So
The lovely lady I share a studio with, Jennifer, asked my sister and I to model her newest collection of jewelry for Odette NY, called Eye of Ra (check out the full lookbook here and here). I love the esoteric influences in her recent work and happily obliged – especially since it involved a trip to Jackson Heights for henna! I wear the large arrow bracelet now every day.
Photos by Jennifer Sarkilahti
It’s been amazing to have a few days off after what was a very busy December. I’ve slept in every morning and seem to be catching up on a little laziness.
We spent Christmas eve with Jose’s family which was epic to say the least. He has a very big family compared to my side, so get-togethers with them means copious amounts of food, drink, dancing (merengue! At that point I usually have to run from the room with my half asian/half white self), kids, and the whole nine. It’s always fun to meet new cousins, aunts, nephews and nieces.
It was wonderful to spend Christmas day just chilling and I loved the gifts I got this year. Jose gave me a Japanese knife (the one on the left) from Love, Adorned (my favorite store!) with turquoise and mother of pearl inlay. Along with the small hand-carved one I got in Kyoto last year, I now have a little collection going.
I also got lots of new jewelry this holiday season, and I’m proud to say that most of them were trades. And that’s just a small selection above! From left: a braided necklace I learned to make in Erin Considine’s class at the Textile Arts Center, a glass amulet from Emily, a talon necklace from Katrina, small heart studs from Addie, and glass earrings from Jane. I love that the glass earrings look like caramelized sugar.