Artist and jewelry designer of the Petit du Jour collection, Samantha Blinn, has a new batch of spring accessories made fresh to order! Samantha, a Wilkes-Barre native, is an accomplished Trompe-l'oeil painter (a 3D realistic technique) and pastry chef. Blinn has combined her talents in fine art and pastry making to bring you glittery, mouth-watering pastel accessories perfect for spring!
THE WEEKENDER: How did you get into jewelry design?
SAMANTHA BLINN: I originally began as a painter. Feeling a constant need to create things leads me to exploring and trying new projects all of the time. I wanted to explore, taking my heightened realism form of painting on a two-dimensional surface and translate that into a three-dimensional form…. At the same time, it was an exciting challenge trying to make each piece look more realistic and believable than the previous piece.
W: Who is your favorite designer?
SB: For clothing, I have so many. I've had a love for fashion for as long as I can remember. If I can pick one designer who consistently creates pieces that I am always drawn to, that would be Anna Sui. She has an amazing ability of creating designs and infusing a bit of whimsy with references to times from the past.
W: Where would you love your jewelry to be carried?
SB: I would love to have my jewelry sprinkled around many small boutiques locally as well as in other cities. My goal is to create pieces that are affordable and accessible.
W: What is your price range?
SB: $7 to $65.
W: What materials do you use to make the jewelry?
SB: Polymer clay, glass beads, Swarovski Crystal. People often ask if all of the color detail work is painted on the clay. The clay itself is manipulated in a way that creates the details in the color. Very little paint is used. That's what's so great about clay.
W: What is your fave dessert?
SB: That's almost impossible to decide! Crème brûlée, cheesecake, French pastries… I could go on and on. I also love cookie dough and cake batter.
W: Are there specific colors you like to work with?
SB: I'm always drawn to bright, vibrant colors: blues, violet, pinks, reds.
Blinn's creations are adored by celebs like Paula Abdul, Aubrey O'Day and Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris. Even Manny from “Modern Family” couldn't resist her charms!
Blinn's jewelry was chosen as a featured gift at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2011, and since then, Blinn has branched out to more than just jewelry. She can make some pretty fabulous custom designs like famous landmarks, a beloved pet, and even a replica of your wedding cake. The “repli-cake” is a small replica of your wedding cake which will be a treasured keepsake that outlasts the real thing.
“I've always focused on creating pieces based on sweets. As with most creative projects, I feel like it's time to evolve, and I'm really excited. There are endless possibilities when working with clay,” she explained.
“By expanding past only working with food pieces, this opens up my audience to include a whole new market of collectors who may have other interests. It's time to take things to the next level, and I can't wait to see where it goes.”
From fruit tart rings to miniature donut bobby pins, there is something for everyone to sport this spring.
Whatever you do...
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