Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Interview from the Past with Cidtalk

Artist: Catherine Marche

I’ll be the first to admit that I am drawn to artist’s who seem to have a similar style or view of the world that I am evolving into. I love stylized images of women, their bodies, faces, personalities and essence. One strong element of Catherine Marche’s work is the female figure and the powerful meaning that comes with this universally treasured image. I am so glad to have found Ms. Marche and her extensive collection of work. I was especially drawn to “Woman Around Me” which I ask her about a little later in the interview section of the article. Her perceptions of people, diversity, strengths and vivaciousness come crashing through her paintings, drawings and etchings. Even her portraits are steeped with attention to who the person is, not just what they look like. I find everything I am looking for in Marche’s work. Ideas, concepts, poetry, simplicity, complexity, color, lots of color and life.

From looking at her images I feel like she must be busy at work creating art constantly. Every idea, every thought about a line, shape or design must come rushing out of her hand with fury and excitement. That is just my interpretation of how she works as an artist and that is only from looking at her work. That has to say something about her body of creation, that a person, a total stranger can conclude so much without knowing her at all. I could be totally wrong, but that’s not the point. Her work is infused with such reverence for motion, life, excitement, sensuality, romance, real life, details and entertainment. That may be the farthest thing from what she is trying to offer the viewer, but for me to see all of that through a few images on a web site is quite a gift. Some artists’ web sites are spry with nothing more than a couple of bits and pieces and long biographies and resumes. While Marche has a long list of impressive credits herself, her work is what draws you in and impresses you to the point of wanting to see and know more.

The variety of her work, from loose drawings, sketches and seemingly random stream-of-consciousness images to well defined, beautifully executed portraits this is an artist with so much passion for her work it’s thrilling to experience it all for the first time. I find the most interesting artists bridge the gap from one genre, technique, method to another in an attempt to explore it all.

I found from reading Catherine’s responses to the interview questions that she is as interesting and thoughtful as her work reflects her to be. Some might say an artist is an open book, who they are is sprawled out all over the canvas and paper for the world, and they would mostly be right. I have come across artists who do not offer themselves to their work, rather confine their ideas to technical or methodical means. I love to see work that mirrors the personality of the artist and their view of the world.

I am excited to find Ms. Marche and her work. I plan to do lots of admiring of her drawings, etchings, paintings, and hopefully acquire a print to hang on my own wall. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it, inspiration is what I look for in the artists I interview, and Catherine has done just that, inspire me.


Cid: Where do you reside?

Ms. Marche: Even though I am French, I now live in London, England.

Cid: When you were growing up, did you feel that your creativity got special attention?

Ms. Marche: My parents and teachers always encourages my creativity. Being painting, music, dance and writing. My father pays the piano and composes lyrics and My mom believe it is important to let her children express their talents. At some stage, I was given walls I was able to paint the way I wanted. It was fabulous.
Cid: I admit to the lack of better phrasing for this question, but: Is Art the way you make a living?

Ms. Marche: mmmm, not really, even though it is related. I trained as a scientific too and made my living teaching mathematics and then as an IT engineer.

Cid: Have you been a part of the “art scene” where you live? Do you attend gallery openings, check out the latest offerings of local talent, hang out where the creative community migrate to? How would you describe the art community where you live?

Ms. Marche: The art community is very active in London. There are many many private views every week. There are about 50,000 in London alone. The funny thing is that you end up seeing always the same people at different outings. The challenge is that you do have to stand out of the crowd. I would add that I find it sad that the London place is governed mainly by the value ($$)on the marketplace of an artist rather than its art itself. It is often a matter of where you studied and whom you know, unlike the USA and France, for example.

Cid: As an artist, do you feel people see you in any certain stereotypical way?

Ms. Marche: Yes of course. I am allowed to be “messy” and eccentric.
Cid: Do you feel there is a stigma or blessing attached to being an artist amongst the “normal” people of the world? Hahaha

Ms. Marche: Hahaha Maybe people think we are on a different planet or have been blessed by the gods. Maybe “normal” people are afraid of trying to express their creativity.
Cid: Are you an adventurous artist, trying new tools, mediums, ideas to keep your passion for creating alive? Or, are you reserved, preferring to stick with what you know, what makes you feel comfortable and safe in your skill “zone”?

Ms. Marche: I am extremely curious. I love trying everything that comes around. At 9, I was adding sand and glue in my paintings, just because it happened to be around.

Cid: Are you interested in computers and the internet? If yes, how does the technological world come together with your creative thinking?

Ms. Marche: No problem with computers. I am just typing this on my keyboard (ha ha). The internet is a great resource and help me to keep in touch with artists and galleries around the world. Not to mention it forecasts my art to billions of internautes.
Cid: What plans do you have for the future? Any new mediums or areas of the artistic world that you would like to explore?

Ms. Marche: I want to do more illustration work. I just completed an assignment for an advertising company and enjoyed it very much. I have also been able to use illustrations in the designs of wedding invitations for friend getting married and that was really nice too.
AtlasAbout your work

Cid: “Atlas” is a new twist on a classic theme. What inspired the concept and how would you describe what the image represents?

Ms. Marche: Atlas is the mythology God who carries the Earth on his shoulders. I represented the God as a Goddess, who is carrying an egg as the source of Life. This is about fecundity and the eternity and strength of life
Woman Around Me 
Cid: “Women Around Me” is one of my all time favorite pieces. I can’t always explain why something catches my eye and imagination, but this time it’s a lot of specific things. The colors are inviting, the shapes are lovely, the idea of variety and being surrounded by a culture of strong, individual women is, well, comforting for some reason. What gave you the spark to draw Woman Around Me and do the women represent real life people that you know?

Ms. Marche: I have always been fascinated by people and when you read women’s magazine you mainly see the tall slender type but around me I have seen all sorts of great women, all very interesting and feminine, whatever their body shape and origins. This is an “Ode to women”.
Cid: “Fireworks” is a good example of simplicity in design, shape, color and composition. Do you plan for those elements when you are working on a piece, or do they all just come together as you progress through the project?

Ms. Marche: I work a lot from imagination. Some times, I make small sketches which will be the source of bigger paintings, sometimes I just start on a blank canvas and splash colours as they come to my mind. There are days where I feel red, and some where I need to be Blue. It all comes together during the process of creation. Sometimes, I get so absorbed that I paint without thinking, just listening to music and I get surprised when I look at the result s few hours later. I get the “did I do that?” effect which is a pleasure and sometimes a disenchantment.
Ladies In Red 
Cid: “Ladies In Red” looks as though it might have started as a sketch and progressed to be a finished painting. Do you start your projects with a definite plan for how they will turn out, or do you wing-it, so to speak, to let the idea evolve on the canvas? Plan vs. Wing-it, which do you prefer?

Ms. Marche: Ooh, I almost replied to this one in the previous question. Yes, this painting started as a black and white line drawing of about 2 inches by 3, in the corner of a sheet. What evolved on the canvas in Ladies in Red were the colours.

Cid: So many of your drawings, paintings and other work are so full of emotion and
tactile representation, do you feel that art is a way for you to absorb and understand the world. In contrast, do you ever feel that your artistic view of the world alienates you from most people because they are simply not as in tuned with the infinite details that artists often notice in comparison to the average person?

Ms. Marche: I find it difficult when asked to explain what is behind a painting. First of all, I believed it is personal. And in the other hand, i think I should not influence by my interpretation what the viewer will see. I like my paintings to provoke reactions in people. It is important to see what happens inside the spectator. I love it when during one of my private views I am next to visitors who don’t know me and I listen to their comments. Even when they are negative, I am glad it was not indifference. I moved them this is what matters to me.
Looking Around
Cid: “Looking Around” is an interesting drawing. It fits into your over all style and flair for observing the people in the world. How do you decide which of your finished work does actually goes along with the images you eventually share with the world? How do you, if you do, decide what is not going to make it out of the studio to be seen by any one besides you?

Ms. Marche: Harsh question. How? I take the risk. I am insecure about what I show but want to share it nevertheless. I always remember how I felt when making it and some of it must come out when displayed to the world. For example, Looking around is a piece you can watch for hours without being bored, without seeing everything. Somebody can have it on their walls and reflects in it for ages. It is like if you could establish a kind of monologue with this drawing.

Cid: A lot of artists find ideas that intrigue them enough to develop whole series of works based on a single idea or image. Do you have series of projects that follow similar themes or that explore all the possibilities of a single idea, method or technique?

Ms. Marche: Atlas and Fireworks are part of the same series playing on silhouette and space. Another series is based on bits and pieces of women, using mainly etching as a medium.

Cid: Do you find any type of drawing more interesting than others? For example, do you prefer to draw from real life or from photographs, even imagination?
Ms. Marche: Imagination. I love creating. I enjoy life drawing which I transform in a free style way. as in my ink drawings series where the body is mainly suggested instead of depicted. I am interested in a work of art, not in copying reality, which I have done in the past. The only moment I am really thrilled by reality is when I work on a portrait, from a real person posing for me. It is a great and fascinating exchange with the model to try to capture their personality and what I see in them. This is why some portraits like Saffron turn out blue instead of Flesh colored.

Cid: Your ink work is a lot of fun to browse through. I personally love your style. If you look at your Sitting Lady I and Sitting Lady II they are very similar to a couple of drawings I have done, which may be why I’m drawn to your work so strongly. Do you think that there are “types” of artists in the world? By that I mean do you find that there are distinct styles that separate groups of artists like photo-realists vs. pure abstractionists, painters vs. drafts-people, crafts vs. fine arts? Where, if anywhere, would you place yourself in the spectrum of art society?

Ms. Marche: It is hard to categories as each on is an individual.
I must admit from experience that I have seen some artist cannot draw form reality, some cannot imagine, some need tools and tricks like squaring the canvas to reproduce the artwork… It is all due to your natural aptitudes and your skill knowledge.
I would define myself as a globe-trotter. Going from one place to anther, building my experience and inspiration from what I get exposed to. like many, I will not stick to one style my entire life. I have a strong attraction and admiration to fauvists and expressionist and wish to belong to this movement before traveling further and further.

Cid: I see on your site you sell prints of your work online. Do you feel that the internet community is a positive place to exhibit, sell and get feedback about your work? Do you prefer gallery openings, shows and interacting with people when displaying your work, rather than the more distant relationship you have with your viewing public via the world wide web?

Ms. Marche: Many contacts I had on the WWW have been enthusiastic, some have been a waste of time. I am glad I have the chance to be seen by more visitors than in the real world but… I prefer galleries, I prefer an interactive contact with people. Nothing beats seeing the expression on their face when they discover my art.

Thanks so much to Catherine Marche for her time and effort in contributing to this article. I appreciate it so much.

All images used courtesy of Catherine Marche 2002

©Cindy Hayes 2002

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Total Aqua - fashion trends

Here are a few ideas on How to accessorise your Turquoise aqua fashion purchases this summer, and work the trends:
Total Aqua

Braided belt

Michael Kors shoulder tote

Sophie Hulme envelope clutch
$570 -

Ela stone jewelry
$500 -

Gemstone jewelry
Turquoise, amazonite and Onyx charm bracelet by Catherine Marche

18k jewelry
18K vermeil balls ring, stack them up

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dawanda sales ends up tonight

As featured in the newsletter, with my blue moonstone stacking ring, until tonight, there is 12% off precious stones jewellery

Take advantage of this offer while it lasts !

Saturday, July 20, 2013

ESPspotlight REVIEW: LONDON JEWELLERY WEEK, 7-16 JUNE - in the press

JeDeCo mentionned in the Evening standard


I broke my own rule prior to London Jewellery Week 2013. I adopted pre-conceived notions of what I thought the whole thing was going to be about, which is something I rarely, if ever, do. Now that the doors have closed for another year; I'm a big enough girl to admit that I was oh so very wrong. The sheer variety of event types that made up this 10-day shine fest was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best thing about it, whilst simultaneously being the most valuable lesson learned. For every pretentious jeweller, not interested in wasting time with a blogger outside of their usual respected publication list, there were 10 more, far more down-to-earth, genuine people, ready to share their creative inspirations and experience at their respective event; in other words - my kind of people! From jewellery making to exhibitions, to utter catwalk beauty; here's my rundown of London Jewellery Week 2013...

As you'll know from my first-day round up, Jewel East at Old Spitalfields Market was my first stop. The opportunity to speak with designers like Ayako Kanari and Michelle Oh directly was brilliant - particularly since I kept seeing their works pop up at different events throughout the week! A really enjoyable opener, I'm glad I picked the 3-day event as my first stop on the tour.

Made In Morley was my second. The chance to go behind the scenes and get a climpse at what actually goes into making the wonderful pieces I would go on to see throughout the various events actually gave me a greater appreciation of what I was looking at. I even got the opportunity to make my own - judge for yourself whether or not it was any good!

The Cold Lillies AW13 Private Press Launch at the Aldwych Hotel, was definitely a highlight of the entire event. Irish Company Co-Directors and Founders Kim Knowles and Ciara McKenna absolutely floored me by being such wonderfully warm and friendly hosts; making what could have been quite an uber-stuffy event, all the more enjoyable. The collections they showcased from 30+ designers were beautifully delicate. The chance to enjoy them in that quiet, intimate setting, afforded time to take in their sumptuous details, and also meet some of the designers on a one-to-one, informal footing; thus providing a brilliant setup for the The Watch Salon and Jewellery Show London taking place just around the corner.

After my first stint at Fashion Week in February, it seemed only fitting to return to Somerset House for my beginner's foray into our Capital's Jewellery and accessory equivalent. There was just far too much beauty to take in at The Watch Salon and Jewellery Show London in one day, so I had no choice but to attend both. Tough as that was; aside from meeting even more hugely talented people, it provided my biggest highpoint of the week - The Catwalk Show. From head-to-toe, every model's attire was positively stunning. It takes the crown for best all-round presentation to-date.

JeDeCo High Street Gems at the Oxo Tower Wharf exhibited an entirely unique collection of designers. What set them apart, was that the boutique was also taking part in the UK Shop Window Competition. It was great to see the creativity brought to life according to the competition brief, and lovely to meet Emma Beane, one of the designers behind the boutique entry's vision.

The Treasure VIP Opening Evening & Press Preview was the last event I attended, and it left me desperate for more than my annoyingly pressing diary would allow. The flagship event of Jewellery Week 2013 - also at Somerset House - was every bit the splendour that I expected; stopping just short of choruses of Marilyn singing about diamonds and the striking resemblance they bore to her best friend...No...wait...Yep, that was definitely her that I heard in my head. From the champagne reception to the jawdropping Swaroski Trail, it was a wonderful opportunity to speak with some of the designers that I read about during the lead up.

Alas, now that it's all done and literally dusted; I must thank LJW Managing Director, Della Tinsley and Comms and Events Manager, Nell Monck for having me along to their absolutely brilliant event. Thank the Heavens above I took a year's worth of photos (all on the ESP Facebook Page) to tide me over until the next; as I now find myself in serious withdrawal. I need shiny, pretty accessories, with fascinating backstories to accompany them...International Jewellery London in September, anyone?!

ES ;)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thursday, 18 July 2013


The thing that made the JeDeCo High Street Gems showcase stand out the most, was the relaxing, ambient feel, engineered to encourage each buyer's 1:1 personal shopping experience.

JeDeCo Boutique at OXO Tower Wharf, on London's Southbank
30 designers make up JeDeCo - the Jewellery Designers Collective. Luckily for me, the viewing also offered the opportunity to size up a contender for the High Street Gems Competition firsthand. The latest instalment of the 'Challenge Erica Chronicles' - in which I spent over 35 minutes in search of the place, due to inadequate (non-existent) signage and directions, either at the Oxo Tower Wharf location, or on the Jewellery Week website - actually ended up working in my favour. The end of day lull, meant that I had the place to myself and as such; could quietly take in everything on show, and consider the creative inspiration of each artist - my favourite topic once released from the familiar involuntary hypnosis caused by all the sparkly, pretty things on display...

JeDeCo's High Street Gems entry: 'Putting OXO on the Map'

Offering a fresh variety I had yet to see in each of the events up to that point, The print designs from Debbie Carlton Jewellery's brought a unique, colourful, 'carnival', sometimes gritty vibe to the competition centrepiece; entitled 'Putting Oxo on the Map'.

Annika Burman's 'Kaliedo' collection was pure attention-grabbing beauty
Annika Burman led the display case pack, with showpieces from her 'Rain', and 'Kaliedo' collections, making you question how these artists leave vision behind, and turn their imaginations into reality.

Anna Loucah's Fine Jewellery display was a visual tease...
Anna Loucah Fine Jewellery added some serious fire to the bunch, with regal designs that lived up to the name. I fell prey to the pretty as soon as my eyes landed on a bewitching pair of long, gold drop earrings with matching necklace set, that you could imagine being equally at home in Carey Mulligan's Gatsby wardrobe, as well as Patricia Velasquez' saucy get up for any one of The Mummy trilogy. Come to think of it, the gorgeous pair wouldn't look too bad in my own little trinket collection...

Siân Bostwick's 'Springtime' collection

Sian Bostwick's blue butterflies were made purely to tempt me. Shining brightly under those display case lights; the simple pieces were the perfect mix of vibrance through colour, while elegantly understated in design.

All Quarter Angel pieces are inspired by the London outdoors
Quarter Angel's tribute to the London skyline was another fascinating favourite. Like Annette Allen's watch strap at The Watch Salon only a few days prior, there is something unquestionably cool about recreating such intricate detail in a small, confined space.

Mangan is also one half of high-end wedding jewellers, Dennis & Lavery
Art is all about personal interpretation from a piece, and for me personally, I saw something medieval, even a smidgeon Celtic, in Cindy Dennis Mangan's collections. Actually inspired by female mythology. The Princess and the Python and Cleopatra's Curtain have, according to the JeDeCo Chairperson and Founder's website, 'taken the world by storm'. It's wasn't at all hard to see why.

Doreth Jones' variety covers teen style through to 'Mature Couture'
The Shining Star chain rings, and One Love earrings and bracelets by Doreth Jones Jewellery were another understated favourite. Full of youthful vitality, the designs would add that versatile final touch to the wardrobe of a mature teen, or even a stylish twenty-something. Don't think her variety stops there though; the more imaginative Shark Tooth rings, or adaptable silver, gold and green jade petal earrings, mean the teenyboppers aren't the only ones who are covered.

For more works from the JeDeCo boutique, including pieces from Catherine Marche, Dennis & Lavery Platinum, Kareece Peters, Katerina Damilos, Rosemary Lucas, and more; as well as extras from the designers featured above, visit the JeDeCo High Street Gems photo album on the ESP Ltd. Facebook page, and exercise your opinions in the form of that 'Like' button; or even the Comment Boxes on your favourite images.

Until the next folks!
ES ;)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

hot day - Gold rings to show off your tan

Lovely weather at present, the sun is great for stocking Vitamin D Having a great tan putting a smile on people's face and for a smile on your face, a few 18K yellow gold stacking rings, which will also show off your tan.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cursley and Bond - Grand Opening - Summer by the Sea

It is with great pleasure that I am participating to the Grand Opening of the new design boutique gallery in the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter, on the South Kent coast.

A warm and inviting space to browse, commission and buy unusual jewellery and contemporary crafts not found on The High Street.  

The gallery opens its doors with a Summer by the Sea showcase on the 17th July.  The exhibition will be a feast of nautical, seaside and summery must-have pieces from 18 specially selected jewellery & craft designers, artists and print makers.

The boutique will also be home to Nicola’s own jewellery design label, Designed By Bond.  Offering the public the chance to buy direct from the maker, see how the designs are made, and even make a piece themselves in her one-on-one workshops.

Our Grand Opening Private View will be held between 6-9pm on the 19th July 2013.

Nicola & Chris
are a husband and wife team taking an exciting step into retail after a year of managing and curating successful pop-up shops in East Kent and London. 

We are confident that Cursley & Bond will become a destination spot for visiting tourists,
collectors, contemporary craft enthusiasts and local jewellery lovers.”

With many thanks

Gallery address is:
68 The Old High Street
Kent, CT20 1RN

Friday, July 12, 2013

New exhibition - Summer by the Sea

My jewellery has been selected for a New exhibition:
Summer by the Sea, at the Cursley and Bond Gallery

Come and see our creations, 

17th July - 29th September 2013
68 The Old High Street
The Creative Quarter
Folkestone  CT20 1RN

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My ring on Frontpage en Etsy

A nice surprise as my wide organic ring has made it to etsy frontpge, generating many view and favorites ,

thanks to UrbanPinkPhotography



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