Interview

Signorelli – Mix: Beautiful Handcrafted Italian Jewelry

by Lindy
Janine Signorelli | Signorelli - Mix Jewelry

Janine Signorelli | Signorelli – Mix Jewelry

Allow me to introduce you to Signorelli – Mix handcrafted Italian sterling silver jewelry.  Jewelry designer, Janine Signorelli, is a family friend who  lives in Los Angeles and travels to her ancestral homeland of Italy each year for inspiration, sourcing and collaboration with top jewelry makers. Janine has recently launched her Signorelli – Mix Etsy store and is populating it with all her beautiful earrings, necklaces and rings. Go take a peek at her shop and see what you think.

I find the way she makes each piece fascinating. I wish I could watch it firsthand; especially if it involves going to Italy. I’ve enjoyed wearing several items of her jewelry this past week and have received many compliments. I’ll share more photos on social soon – #signorellimix.

From Janine: All Signorelli – Mix earrings with stones have all been cast and set in Italy. Each pair has the official Italian stamp for Sterling Silver. The jewelry is exclusively designed by me in my Santa Monica, California studio.

I spend my summers in Italy, and have had the guidance of a top jeweler. My stones are made in my home studio fired away with a personal high fire kiln. Each stone is made one at a time, shaped, carved, dried, fired, glazed, then glassed on the 3rd round with an occasional 4th firing.
*Note: specific processes for each item of jewelry may vary and details for each will be outlined in her Etsy store.

Signorelli - Mix Earrings Etsy.com/shop/signorellimix

Signorelli – Mix Venetian Date Earrings
Etsy.com/shop/signorellimix

Signorelli-Mix Handcrafted Italian Sterling Silver Necklace

Signorelli – Mix Handcrafted Italian Sterling Silver Necklace
Etsy.com/shop/signorellimix

Signorelli-Mix Venetian Date Earrings

Signorelli – Mix Venetian Date Earrings
Etsy.com/shop/signorellimix

Signorelli-Mix Dureta Calla Lilly Earrings

Signorelli – Mix Dureta Calla Lilly Earrings
Etsy.com/shop/signorellimix

Signorelli – Mix Handcrafted Sterling Silver Daisy Ring
Etsy.com/shop/signorellimix

Janine has always been a creative and talented individual. In the next few paragraphs, she describes her personal journey from professional Italian chef to beautiful jewelry designer.

“I am a professionally trained chef who has always had an eye on small, colorful bites. I knew I would move back to my homeland (Italy) since I was 3yrs. After 1 year of college studying theatre arts, I took what was planned as a semester off. That semester turned into what I call having the opportunity to grow up again. Since I was still a teen upon departure, a young woman upon return. I earned my culinary degree from a 2 year program in Umbria, then continued on apprenticing in top restaurants including Pappagallo in Bologna & Gualtiero Marchese in Milan. My eye was always drawn to the tiny bites, appetizers, colorful desserts, especially shiny chocolates dressed in edible gold & silver leaf.”

“Before all that, my favorite art class was ceramics. My specialty was carving out shapes then filling these with recycled glass. Over the years I occasionally fired my glass works for special gifts. I’ve created a few tiles and the tile is what gave me that spark of genius. Tiny shiny objects, my love for color especially in glass, I created my 1st piece of jewelry, a ring with a miniature tile. Traveling for Christmas in Egypt with my best girlfriends (I was living In Italy then) I  purchased a silver bangle ring in Hurghada, a scuba divers dreamland off the Red Sea in Egypt. I took that original ring to a friend, a jeweler, and asked that he add a small bezel atop the bangle which holds my first tiny tile. The ring is now available recreated using the lost wax technique with the bezel holding an array of my tiny colorful tiles. I extended the use of the ring idea into a pendant, again with the help of a very well known Italian jeweler friend. I designed the pendant adding a simple round and an oval creating a tear-dropped design. The pendant is available as a first generation where the stones, my stones I call them, are simply set with epoxy. My 2nd generation pendant with exclude the epoxy, the stones will be set using prongs.”

“I moved on from the culinary arts to the art of jewelry creation. My jewelry continues to be entirely designed by me, now also carved or dripped with wax by me before sending off for casting in silver. I spend my summers in Italy, I have had the opportunity of the guidance of a top jeweler and currently creating my pieces in Santa Monica, my hometown.  My stones are made in my home studio fired away with my personal high fire kiln. Each stone is made one at a time, shaped, carved, dried, fired, glazed, then glassed. 3 firings total, before being set in a silver setting. Many steps to the end game. I find the artwork meditating, not more or less than my cooking, I just love creating tiny things that last.”

Here is some more interesting information about Signorelli – Mix jewelry.

“Deruta Calla Lilly” earrings are named after a small town in Umbria “the Green Heart of Italy” where Janine lived for 12 years. Deruta is famous for its ceramics and the shape of the earring resembles the flower.

“Venetian Date” earrings are named after the fruit and because Venice, Italy is world renowned for the colorful art of glass creations.

There are several more jewelry selections to choose from when you visit the Signorelli – Mix shop on Etsy, and each piece has a unique name and story. I invite you to take a gander at it – www.etsy.com/shop/signorellimix.

Let me know what you think! If you like her jewelry, please ‘follow’ her shop on Etsy, share it with friends on social and buy something pretty for yourself or someone special. Most items cost about $50 on up.


Interview: Norwegian Rock Band Tainted Souls

by Lindy
Norwegian Rock Band, Tainted Souls

Norwegian Rock Band, Tainted Souls

Allow me introduce you to Tainted Souls, a Norwegian rock band from Oslo. I had the great pleasure of interviewing them after we became fast friends on Twitter and Facebook. Why am I making Norwegian friends online, you ask? Good question; the answer: I am 3/4 Norwegian, 3rd generation in America, I keep in touch with my family in Norway and I will be visiting there again this April. I am a card-carrying Sons of Norway member and currently working hard to learn Norwegian by taking language classes with Ms. Sissel on Saturdays, reading the Aftenposten newspaper, listening to the radio on NRK.no and watching these awesome Norwegian videos on YouTube.

I am also passionate about music and helping people promote their bands. It’s no secret how much I love Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder and the grunge music of the ’90s. One of my favorite radio stations on SiriusXM is Lithium, which features my all-time music faves. When I first listened to Tainted Souls, I totally thought Morten’s voice sounded like Eddie Vedder’s and I knew I had to interview him.

Tainted Souls

Tainted Souls: Rune – Bass, Bjørn – Guitars,  Tor-Arne – Drums, Morten – Vox.

Who are Tainted Souls?

Well, we are four Norwegian guys, Tor Arne on drums, Rune on bass, Bjørn on guitars, and myself on vocals. The name Tainted Souls comes from our idea that we are all born “clean” and that who we are today is the sum of all our experiences… that we are all “tainted” by our experiences in life.

It all started wit Bjørn and I meeting at an audition. He auditioned for my band at the time, and hearing him play that guitar, made me realize I needed to go in a different direction, so I left my band and together we formed Tainted Souls.

How do you write your songs?

Well, it varies actually. Sometimes a new song can be born while we’re jamming in our rehearsal studio, and other times it can come out of individual work.. Like if I write a new poem and Bjørn puts the basic riffs and chords to it before we all meet up and jam it into a finished song. And of course sometimes Bjørn sends me something he has come up with and I write lyrics to it. I ask him about his thoughts or if there are any words ringing in his head while he’s playing, and then I write lyrics to try to match that.

Do you all write?

Yes in a sense, we all contribute, I usually have the lyrics and vocal lines, Bjørn has the chords and riffs, Tor Arne and Rune lays down the drums and bass and the we do the final arrangements together.

How do you come up with the lyrics?

That all depends. I like sitting in cafes, just watching people, and often I write about people or situations I observe. It can be anything really, take “contemplate” (on the Mercury Mind album), that song is based on a couple I was watching at a cafe in Oslo. I also write a lot that is based on my own life and experiences, like “Pale” and “Get Up”.

Do you ever experience writers block?

Absolutely. Sometimes finished lyrics come flying out, and other time it can take weeks to finish something I’m working on. I then usually get out of the writers block when I make a new observation, or by putting everything away and go play with my kids for a while. Some of the words for “get up” came while watching the Paralympics.

I find inspiration in our fans (I read everything I get), in my kids, in everyday life, and in watching and listening to my idols and icons. Who? Eddie Vedder, Jim Morrison, Dylan…the list goes on…

I am addicted to Pearl Jam, but there are a lot of bands that influence us. Pearl Jam probably influences me more than the others, so our music is influenced from lots of bands, as we all bring our passions and ideas into the process of writing.

Have you ever met Pearl Jam?

No, unfortunately not. I flew over to Seattle just to feel and observe and “be” before we recorded the album “Mercury Mind”… and went through three major and in-depth security checks in the process… So one can say I will do anything! :)

What are your plans moving forward?

Well, right now we are focusing on marketing and promoting the album at home as well as outside of Norway, primarily the U.S. and Europe. We’re getting pretty good reviews and feedback in the U.S., UK, France, Netherlands and Eastern Europe and we’re focused on going to these areas, in addition to getting into the festivals in Norway.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your creative inspiration in Norwegian?

Oslo-bandet Tainted Souls er sterkt influert av grunge-rocken som startet i Seattle U.S., og har en vokalist som flere ganger har omtalt Eddie Vedder som nærmest å ha “gude-status”, og som dro hele veien til Seattle for å “kjenne på følelsen” før de gikk i studio og spilte inn albumet “Mercury Mind”. Da er det vel også naturlig at de tok kontakt med WA-jenta Lindy Neubauer for å få til et intervju. Å gå rundt der, fra fiskemarked til klubber, høre band og snakke med folk, gav Morten enda mer følelse for Seattle – og Vedder. Og masse inspirasjon han kunne ta med i studio og på scenen.

Thank you to the band for allowing me to interview you! Maybe they’ll proceed their idols and play Live at Benaroya Hall soon! I hope you enjoy their music as much as I do. Farvel for nå!

Tainted Souls' Album Mercury Mind

Tainted Souls’ Album: Mercury Mind

 


Interview with Kristian Matsson: Pushing Through Writer’s Block

by Lindy

Kristian Matsson is the Swedish folk musician behind The Tallest Man on Earth (TMOE). He has a Dylan-esque style, yet a very unique voice. We saw him perform in May of 2010 at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and he was more incredible live than I anticipated. He’s really a hidden gem, although he has millions of dedicated fans, like myself. His song 1904 is my alarm clock song Monday through Friday. Woot!

Ironically, he isn’t actually the tallest man on earth; he is really slight of build, yet mammoth on sound.

Here is a really awesome interview with Matsson discussing his music on his new album, There’s No Leaving Now and what inspires him from FaceCulture.tv.

What I found most interesting was his creative process and how he pushes through writer’s block. Here are some highlights from the interview:

I want that element of chaos in there. You know and things blending together. It’s hard to plan how to do that.

I just tried to write stupid 30 second songs recording whatever came to my mind. I had to do it.  It had to be two a day. It had to be a verse and a chorus.

I listened to it maybe three weeks later and like ‘Wait, this is it.’ I just did it so fast, and I kinda forgot about it. Then I picked it up and wrote the whole song like that. Three of those ideas ended up being like the best songs on this album. I have that all the time. It goes..I understand it now. You just have to keep working it. You have to put yourself into situations where inspiration can hit you. You know. So, I was not worried, I was just being a bit sick and tired of myself just not doing stuff. I just had to spend some time with what those songs were about. Some of those songs needed comments and they needed answers and stuff like that.  So I could finally do that with this album so I could just finish off some stuff. You know of course there is an element of relief because I mean to be honest sometimes you doubt yourself sometimes and stuff like that and you don’t know if it’s going to be a record. So of course you’re relieved like ‘Whoa it really worked! I did an album!’ – Kristian Matsson via FaceCulture.tv.

For those of us who love vinyl, #folkyeah!


Video: Amy Tan – Finding Meaning Through Writing

by Lindy

Amy Tan, author of Joy Luck Club, discusses her experiences prompting her to be a writer. Inspirational!

 


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