A trip to Mexico city late last year inspired the Macha 'Leonora' Collection. The collections namesake 'Leonora Carrington' was a British born-Mexican artist with Irish ancestry, surrealist painter and novelist. She lived most of her life in Mexico city, and was influenced by the folk stories from the region she lived in.
Mexico City is a place full of contrasts and old city charm. Tombstones contrast with the occasional bright coloured apartment wall in a dreery towerblock. Sugar skulls and marigolds of 'Day of the Dead' celebrations create a humourous tone when families reminisce about the departed.
The Macha team worked to encorporate these themes into a new jewelry collection with the hand as a focal point. It is said that Leonora could write with both hands at the same time, doing different things with both. The hands have a dream-like surrealist delicacy inspired by the artist. We also re-invented the Claddagh ring with turquoise, a stone which features prominently in traditional mexican jewelry.
Dark symbols like the skull and snake were subtly re-created in 10k gold and sterling silver, and contrasted with bright turquoise, rubies and Bi-colour tourmalines. We re-introduce our classic Eva snake ring in sterling silver with tiny black diamonds.
For the collection, we reverted to one of our earliest photoshoots, and captured the editorial shots against an abstract background of bones, the raw finishes adding character to the shots. Watch out for them over on our Pinterest & Instagram Feed.
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Bernice rides 40 miles for WITNESS at the 5 boro Bike Tour!
WITNESS is a Charity Partner of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, taking place on May 4, 2014. WITNESS is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that supports human rights activists to use video for change all over the world. The organization was co-founded by musician and human rights advocate Peter Gabriel. For over 20 years, they have empowered human rights defenders to use video to fight injustice, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools that can pressure those in power to act.
'I was drawn to Witness as an artist, because the affects of the creative industries are often un quantifiable, and I felt so inspired by the videos they create. Watching their video Year in Review played a big part in why I decided to ride for them. You can also view five inspiring activists here and if you have a little extra time to spare, watch the super inspiring hour long film Beyond Right & Wrong. to help support their activities. This is a compelling documentary about restorative justice and forgiveness, uniting victims and their perpetrators, attempting to resolve conflict through dialogue
I'm excited to bike 40 miles and all 5 boros of NYC for an organization which empowers people to fight injustice through video and storytelling. I appreciate any support you can give in the form of donations to WITNESS (even $10 gets me a little closer to that goal)!
You can donate right here and get a rare look at my mugshot, geared up and ready for the fight.' Bernice Kelly (Macha Creative director)
We're excited to show new collections for upcoming seasons at Capsule this month.
We recently took a Macha team excursion to Moma PS1 to see the Mike Kelley exhibition. Kelley was an American installation artist and musician who's work involved a huge variety of media including textile collage, performance and video. The exhibition occupies the entire museum, and is the biggest exhibition Moma PS1 has hosted since the 1970s.
It explores themes as diverse as sexuality, religion and post-punk politics and brings to these subjects a self-deprecating humour. The dark and delirious journey though Kelley's mind is a real inspiration for artists, and his talent as an illustrator and story-teller offers many a laugh out loud moment.
The exhibition cummulates with a unique event by Jutta Koether and Kim Gordan from Sonic Youth on February 2nd, one of the artists first foray's into popular culture was an album artwork for the band. Don't miss it!
We just added new Sale items to the online store. We're down to the last handful on select pieces so grab them up whilst stocks last!