Kris began making jewelry after taking a basic metalsmithing class four years ago. “I had just finished a really difficult period of my life battling cancer and was looking for ways to slow down, to process a lot of what I had been through and practice a lot of what I had been convicted of. I instantly fell in love with the process of making jewelry.” She began teaching herself and learning everything she could about the process. “I felt a real symmetry between the craft and my struggle to heal, and just ordinaryliving, really. I enjoyed the activity of making: the stroke of the hammer, the glide of the file, the flow of the solder. I think this really fueled my passion to learn more.” She opened her Etsy shop not long after beginning her process, and in the spring of 2015, she launched her website.
Kris credits learning how to slow down and be present in her own life with being able to find inspiration for her craft. “There’s a story in everything and soul everywhere but sometimes I’m too preoccupied to look or moving too quickly to notice….If I slow down, I see thatordinary things are not actually so simple or straightforward. I see that there is beauty even in the hard, dark corners. I see that contradictions can coexist. I see a lot that I did not expect to see.”
Like we here at HDH, Kris knows the value of items made by hand. “I find myself most inspired when I am in the act of making. There’s a presence of mind and body and a reverence for the moment there that really opens my eyes and guides my hands. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how my own ideas are altered and improved by the process of moving them from my head to metal.” We love what Kris came up with when making something for Makers Alongside.
Most of us are familiar with that one shirt or dress that brings out our individuality, making us feel most like ourselves, most at ease. With these pieces, we are able to navigate our days with confidence and comfort while we focus on the more important things in life.
These simple, elegant, versatile Basics are always in stock on our website, offered in black and white with other colors available seasonally.
After listening to our customers’ feedback about your preferred fabrics and designs, we are thrilled to share with you our new changes to the HDH Basics line. We’ve added six new designs, all still created with the idea that women’s bodies are as diverse as their skills, talents, and accomplishments. We’ve also worked hard to source environmentally friendly tencel and tencel blends for our black and white options.
As always, each piece is made by hand in our Minnesota studio with great attention to detail and precision, making them quality garments that will work seamlessly into your everyday wardrobe. They pair perfectly with any of our Limited Edition pieces or are just as beautiful on their own.
We hope you love them as much as we do. Shop our new Basics collection now.
We’d like to extend an invitation to our sample sale event and open studio on Sunday, August 2nd, where we will have a selection of our pieces out for sale to the public. Our doors will be open on Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm at 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 314 St. Paul, MN 55115. We’d love to see you there.
For those who don’t live in the area, check out our Summer Sale on our website, where you’ll be able to get 30% off your entire purchase by using the code “SUMMERSALE” at checkout.
We loved the result of our last Makers Alongside collaboration with Spring Finn & Co that we couldn’t resist another joint project with this small MN business. Get to know the woman behind it all, Talin Spring, a French expat, mother of two, and a wonderfully talented leather-craftswoman.
Talin was born in Istanbul to a European family and grew up in France. Her family was skilled in various mediums such as sewing and shoe making. Surrounded by a home of hand-made creations, Talin gained an appreciation for the great value of the hand.
Following her graduate studies at Columbia University in NY, Talin returned to Paris with her husband. After a twelve-year banking career and two children, she began to play with the idea of reorienting her career toward an artistic area. In preparation for this path, she took night classes in various studio and art history courses at ´Ecole Duperré. Then in 2002 after moving to Marseille and ending her banking career, she began her craft. Before beginning her own company, she spent time freelancing for French clothing companies as a designer where she was further enthused by the artisans and design and craft process.
Finally in 2011, Talin established Spring Finn & Co. in Minneapolis where she now resides. Her leather works of bags and accessories, like HDH, are of chic, minimal yet utilitarian designs in limited edition or one-of-a-kind. Her works are of only top grade American leather and canvas and hand stitching. Additionally, the highest level of quality is applied to every phase of each piece, assuring a beautiful result that lasts a lifetime.
Light-weight and aesthetically pleasing, the Ivory Marley Dress is ready for summer! Wear it outside on a sunny afternoon or for an evening out to music in the park. The wrap around versatility in this piece adds a whole new dimension to the look and can be tied in a bow or a knot!
Lastly, The Black & White Marley Dress, brings a more formal feel to the ensemble. We layered it over a simple black slip, to add structure to the cut of this design. Opened up or tied closed, The Marley Dress is the perfect piece with movement and sensibility.
Purchase these new designs on our website today, and see how you can style them!
Annika Kaplan, the maker behind today’s beautiful brass hairpin, studied jewelry design and fabrication at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She specializes in highly wearable and unique jewelry made by hand in her south Minneapolis studio.
Her interest in jewelry was sparked at the age of 5 when she pierced her own ears! “I spoke to my Mom about this recently. I think it was a little traumatic for her, but she realized how bad I wanted to wear earrings and she helped me put some hoops in and taught me how to keep them clean etc. I just had such an interest in ornamentation from a young age.” Her desire to continue to learn about and make jewelry lasted throughout her high school and college years. “Jewelry was really the only thing I wanted to do, the only thing I could imagine being happy doing.”
Annika has been making and selling jewelry for close to 10 years now. She is inspired by the tradition of adornment and is currently in love with Southwestern Native American silver jewelry and traditional goldsmith’s techniques from West Africa. “I’m obsessed with the idea of wearing jewelry for protection, luck, or some other spiritual intention.”
For a peek into Annika’s life with her little dog Una and her creative process, follow her on Instagram @annikashipandshape. Her work can be found online at www.shipandshape.com, and at various stores in Minneapolis and elsewhere, (see my website for a complete list of shops).
Locals, if you’d like to see her work in person, she will be showing a wide variety of jewelry, including one-of-a-kind gemstone rings, at the Walker Art Center Jewelry Mart on May 2nd.
With an incredibly unique aesthetic, the Virginia Kimono might be the most pleasant feeling material you have ever experienced. Not only is this piece versatile in its tying abilities but also serves as any outfit’s finishing touch. We styled the Virginia Kimono with a pair of black harem pants, a black HDH Basic Tank, and The Iris Flat by Coclico. With minimalism in mind, this look can be curated in many different ways: tie it in front, back, or simply go without the tie!
Flowing in versatility is the The Grace Dress. Mauve in color and full of texture, this piece drapes nicely on any body type. We styled this look with black sandals by Envy for an elegantly, comfortable feel.
Last but not least, we combined the white Carol Top with a pair of simple, black harem pants and topped off with a Jimmy Felt Hat by Janessa Leone that we picked up from Wilson & Willy’s. A unique feature on this top is the keyhole detail near the neckline. The Carol Top can be dressed casually as we styled it, and also dressed up by layering over a slip dress or black dress pants.
Incorporate these new looks into your wardrobe by purchasing them on our website today!
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