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Allison Asis
The Female Form Necklace | Made to Empower

The Female Form Necklace | Made to Empower

The very first piece I designed for the Spring/Summer '18 collection was the Female Form necklace. I remember the day pretty accurately. This past holiday season, I got into the zone one evening, thinking about what I wanted the next collection to centre around. True to my usual brainstorming style, I dove into my collected references by some of my favourite artists. One of these figures I speak of constantly is early 20th-century artist, Jean Arp, known for his 'biomorphic' and organic forms. I looked through the recent works I've gathered of his, and (by no exaggeration) came to a halt when I reached one painting, specifically: À travers les...

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Allison Asis
#CadettexOB

#CadettexOB

One of the things I constantly discuss, especially in regards to my WHY behind Cadette Jewelry, is the concept and spirit of community.That feeling of connection to another person, artist, collaborator, or supporter, to me, is one of the most, if not THE most powerful sources of motivation & inspiration when being an entrepreneur.You straight-away discover that the relationships you build with those around you are invaluable, and that without them, you'd be missing an essential foundation that you just can't operate without. One of the most amazing relationships I've had the pleasure of building within these past few years, is one with mixed media artist and friend,...

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Allison Asis
At The Bench: Handmade Signet Ring

At The Bench: Handmade Signet Ring

In this video, I share the beginning stages of my process when creating a new signet ring that features a unique a-symmetrical top! This involves first sketching out iterations of the ring's design, and once I feel confident in one of the sketches I've outlined, I then diligently carve out the wax form and get it ready to be casted into silver or brass. (watch the post-casting process here). One of the things about handmade jewelry that still leaves me speechless (and almost in tears of joy whenever I've just completed something- I'm serious!), is having this up-close & personal experience of taking a mere...

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Allison Asis
At The Bench: Hoop Form Earrings

At The Bench: Hoop Form Earrings

One thing I'm honestly obsessed with doing is taking quick snapshots throughout my handmade process of creating each Cadette Jewelry piece. My phone's photo album has what feels like a zillion identical-looking photos, due to this very fact. A general idea of what this looks like: I'll be sawing, filing, carving away at my wax or metal – hands or fingers indeed dirtry and dusty, but I'll have the sudden urges to grab my phone to take a few snaps. I simply can't help it. I LOVE the process and the gritty steps it takes to get to a flawless & fabulous piece.Here's a curated selection of...

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