Category Archives: Karen Tashkovski

War & Peace

These Tashkovski collection bracelets are part of the War & Peace series.  They are made with vintage US Army patches and pins.  There is a Girl Scout patch in the mix (it is from the ’50s!) and a peace pin that was originally designed to protest war.  The idea with these pieces is to respect everyone’s position.  I truly admire those who serve our country.

Ultimately, peace is the goal.  Find peace within yourself first and your world will change.  I promise you that. ❤

 

 

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Bracing Myself

I have been working on photographing, pricing, labeling and cataloging the Tashkovski collection bracelets.  Here is the group I just finished – a combination of cameos, vintage pieces and St. Christopher medals.  Each is one-of-a-kind.  Handmade bracelets created with pins in leather, rabbit fur and sherpa.

I have a bit more organization to do this weekend before the launch.  Once I get it all sorted, I will free up time to make more (and start the process all over again). ❤

Domino Effect

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Dominoes have become my bread and butter –  I have been collecting them for many years, using them in my oil and collage paintings since the ’90s.  I think they look amazing in these bracelets.

The idea is to create a domino effect.  You pick numbers that have meaning for you.  You run into others wearing domino bracelets.  You find you have a number/numbers in common.  You strike up a conversation.  Friendships are born.

It is an idea, a dream, a deep wish, a desire that people can find an element of common ground through fashion and accessories, if that is the way.  There are no coincidences.

They are priced at $20 or $25 depending on style.  I love the vintage flavor to these pieces.  That they have survived for so many years and have such delicious patina.  And the smell of leather is intoxicating.  ❤

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Music Collection

 

Cue the drumroll….

Here is the first look at how I spent my summer vacation.  I became a jewelry designer.  There are over five hundred pieces in the collection to date.  This is the Music series.  I scoured the flea market world to find vintage pins and attached them to genuine leather, sherpa and rabbit fur.

These bracelets are available for sale with price points of $55, $65 and $75.  I am in the process of photographing everything and adding tags to them so that they can be sold locally and on-line.  Kind of playing that by ear.  I am artist first and designer, of course, and (I guess) businesswoman now, too (using intuition as my guide).

I am in love with these bracelets.  Not sure how easy it will be to part with them since they are all one-of-a-kinds.  Handmade and infused with (lots of) love. ❤

Embellishment

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Talitha Collection silk top, BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet pants, BCBGeneration velvet booties
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Rachel Zoe silk top, BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet pants, BCBGeneration velvet booties, Tashkovski bracelet

Just completed a legit full week of work with outfits of the day to show for it.  I am all about silk, silk-velvet, leather and embellishments, and have taken to wearing the bracelets I created over the summer.

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Akemi + Kin for Anthropologie dress, Calvin Klein booties
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Rebecca Taylor silk top, French Connection leather skirt, Marc Jacobs booties, Tashkovski bracelet

There are over five hundred bracelets in stock with more on the way.  I’m obsessed with this new venture!  I’m waiting for the arrival of tags and some other supplies.  Will be launching the collection soon! ❤

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BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, velvet leggings and sandals, Alice + Olivia silk velvet top
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Trina Turk top and pants, C by Bloomingdales cashmere cardigan, BCBGeneration velvet booties, Tashkovski bracelet

Where in the World

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C by Bloomingdales cashmere cardigan, Warner Bros. Hogwarts T-shirt, BCBGMaxAzria skirt, Marc Jacobs boots

Where am I?  I am back at work at Chittenango Middle School, teaching 8th grade Studio in Art, Art-8, and helping fifty kids a day with homework in two study halls.  My outfit of the day (#ootd) pictures have been hit or miss.  Not sure whether or not to resume taking them.  Katy C. and I have been so busy prepping lessons and organizing stuff – I only have a few pictures to share (even though we’ve been back at it for two weeks now).

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Talitha Collection silk top, BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet pants, BCBGeneration velvet booties

Meanwhile, my artwork is going places.  I am exhibiting encaustic baseball paintings and horseshoe paintings during the month of September 2019 at Half Moon Bakery & Bistro (6500 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078).

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And last night I delivered six encaustic angel paintings from the Futura series to a new restaurant called 317 (317 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, New York) before heading to the Italian Festival, which is taking place in front of City Hall this weekend.  These paintings will be up in a group pairing along with other artists’ work (indefinitely, as of now).  317 provides an incredibly intimate dining experience right in the heart of downtown Syracuse adjacent to the Onondaga Historical Association.

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Finally, my twelve Japanese-inspired fan encaustic paintings are still available for sale at Kasai Ramen (218 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202) until September 16, 2019.

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P.S. I started designing bracelets!  I’ll be ready to launch that experience very soon – stay tuned!  The jewelry thing is my current passion and focus artistically.  The universe has been doing a great job of taking care of everything else.  Thank you, universe!  Life is good! ❤

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Aqua Cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, Rag & Bone patent leather skirt, Marc Jacobs booties