|Posted on 15 March, 2016 at 22:20|
As I write this I am surrounded by packed boxes. Next week we are moving to our new house. We are delighted. We have managed to find a home in just the neighbourhood we were hoping for, only a few blocks up from the beach. (If we stand at the end of the driveway, and tilt our heads just so, we can even enjoy a lake view.) The house we have bought is a basic, sturdy 70’s bungalow just ripe for a facelift. I enjoy designing interiors and Brian has had lots of experience with landscaping and home renos, so together we’ll make a good team. We are gleefully anticipating the DIY challenges ahead of us.
I have always been interested in interior design. I have subscriptions to at least six magazines at any one time. (I’m old school. Looking at digital versions, for me, just doesn’t hold the same ability to inspire that turning actual glossy, paper pages does.) I love it when I walk over to the mailbox and find our little cubby stuffed full of my favourite periodicals. I rush back into the house, make a hot cup of tea and sit down for a few minutes to enjoy them. I’m all about colour, texture and shape. Interior Design magazines fuel my creativity and help to influence the way I put my collections together.
This season I am working with some vibrant new colour combinations. I’ve blended together several shades of green from a soft, pale Endive to rich, deep Basil. I am also working on a blushing floral group, one in classic denim, and also a vibrant yellow collection. I’ve chosen to off-set these colours with clean white glass, iridescent shell, and crystal.
Please find attached to this letter a list of my up-coming shows for Spring/Summer 2016. As always, please note that a number of the shows are marked ‘Unconfirmed’. I have noted them this way because I am waiting for confirmation of inclusion from the organizers. Please check the ‘Coming Events’ tab at the top of the title page on my website (www.racheljoyvanrooyenjewellery.com) for updates before planning to visit me at ‘Unconfirmed’ shows.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed a restful and restorative winter. I’m looking forward to warmer winds and the opportunity to connect with many of you this coming season.
All the best until then…
Rachel Joy VanRooyen.