THE ORIGINAL IVY
What you choose to wear projects what you believe that you are, not what other people think you should be. You pick what you put out there, representative of what’s inside, including the details like jewelry. Little details can make the biggest statements. These are statement pieces.
I intend my craft to serve that purpose - to encourage and allow people to express their authentic selves. Be proud, bold + true. I make pieces that speak to your inner IVY. I want them to speak to the person you are without any conventions. Something you love, and you don’t care whether anyone else loves it.
Just that small choice you make in deciding to wear something, to adorn yourself, for nobody but yourself, is a daily practice in making that same bold choice in all areas of your life. In the big decisions that matter most about your life - the right relationships, right work, job compensation - self worth and self acceptance informs others as to how they should treat you. This is about knowing the convention is there and willfully stepping outside that boundary line. I want to instill confidence, boldness and unique self expression.
To hold space is not to actually - do - anything. It’s just existing and letting be what is. The only way to actually do the act of holding space is to show up authentically to that same space yourself...as an example, a leader. That gives others permission to do the same. Holding space is creating that safety in vulnerability by actively being vulnerable yourself. So, as the Artist of IVY, creating these wearable works of art, I invite you into this space. I open myself up to creativity and hope to intrigue you. Share with me, what is your inner IVY?
A HANDMADE BRAND
These are one of a kind pieces of torch fired enamel, combined with geometric brass elements and finished with gold filled ear wires, made by the artist Chelsey Greene in her home studio in San Francisco, California.
Enameling is the process by which glass is fused to the surface of copper. In this case with an open flame, handheld blowtorch. One special technique - sgraffito - is a form of decoration, pattern, design and texture made by scratching through the top enamel to reveal an underlying layer of contrasting color.
With a bachelor's degree in Textile Design from Colorado College, maker + designer Chelsey Greene was always known for dabbling in many mediums even beyond fibers. A friend once asked rhetorically "what do you not know how to do?" This provoked Chelsey to find a craft technique to challenge herself with. Because meeting every challenge head on is her signature move, enameling is now the craft foundation of her brand, but to make her work even more distinctive and rich Chelsey looks forward to integrating other familiar jewelry and fiber techniques back into the process. Starting in Fall 2020 collections will include micro macrame and beading.
IVY is dedicated to empowering women with body positivity. 1% of sales go to ABOUT FACE, a San Francisco non-profit that teaches girls how to fight back against a culture that diminishes and disempowers them. About-Face frees girls from the confines of our toxic culture so they can fulfill their potential.
To get involved go to ABOUT-FACE.ORG