Margaret Ellis Jewelry Selected As Featured Artist at Artclectic 2015

Margaret Ellis Jewelry is thrilled to announce that we have been invited to make our debut appearance at Artclectic 2015. Artclectic will showcase a diverse assortment of fifty-seven juried artists in a lively gallery setting at University School of Nashville October 22 - 24. Thousands of visitors will gather to explore the work of emerging and established artists from throughout the country. Proceeds benefit USN's Artclectic Endowment Fund for Innovative Teaching.

Mclaine is a 2004 USN alumni and proud member of the 13-year club, attending the school kindergarten through 12th grade. Mclaine said "USN will always hold a special place in my heart. I credit USN for the encouragement and preparation that I needed to embrace being both an artist and a business owner. I'm really excited to be part of an event that I've loved since 5th grade! Artclectic is not only a great opportunity to showcase my work but also allows me to give back to the people that poured into my life for so many years. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones alike. " 

The 19th annual art-filled weekend includes events for USN families, students, alumni and the Nashville community. Artclectic opens on Thursday night with the Patron's Party, a ticketed event offering the opportunity to be among the first to view and purchase art. The Friday night ArtBashCommunity Party is open to the public for $10 and free to USN alumni. No RSVP is required for a fun evening of art, music and light bites. The gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday at no charge. The show also provides valuable art education for University School of Nashville students and the Nashville community through such enriching experiences as demonstrations, class tours and hands-on workshops. 

Artclectic 2015 artist applicants were juried by Susannah Scott-Barnes, owner of Ash Blue; artist Susan Striepe; Tim Ozgener, CEO of Oz Arts Nashville; and art collector Betsy Wills. Ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture will share the beautifully transformed gym turned gallery space. 

 

Mclaine One of the Featured Designers at the Frist Center Artist's Forum

July 23, 2015

Mclaine and Amanda Valentine were the featured designers at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Artist's Forum on July 23. Both Mclaine and Amanda's designs have been influenced from their travels to Italy, so they were a natural fit to discuss their inspiration in association with the "Italian Style: Fashion since 1945" exhibit currently at the Frist. Their Fall 2014 Project Runway collaboration was even named "Roman Holiday". 

Mclaine shared her story, creative process, inspiration and struggles in the full auditorium followed by Q&A. She knew that she was an artist from a young age, but didn't quite know where that path would lead. Through years of exploration and self discovery, she embraced the fact that she's an artist at heart, but a business person by nature. She wrote an individualized curriculum plan at Furman University to study both art and business that culminated with a study abroad program at Lorenzo d'Medici in Florence, Italy. It was in Italy that she fell in love with jewelry design and traditional metalsmith techniques. Little did she know what the future would hold! 

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ME Featured at DRAFTspace NYC Again

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June 10 - 13, 2015

DRAFTspace invited ME to show again at their COMPLETE PARTS artistic installation showcase on June 10-13 at The Highline Loft in New York City. Mclaine attended the VIP Preview Party on opening night with recognized names in publishing, styling and fashion. 

Meticulously curated pieces from 40 select international jewelry designers were mirrored by visually engaging photographs of the jewelry by documentary photographer Natalie Conn in a uniquely stylized presentation that explored stylistic polarities and perceptions. Mclaine designed five unique pieces specifically for the DRAFTspace exhibit. 

Select pieces from the 2015 graduating class of The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Jewelry Department and the Art Start Portrait Project, a non-profit program providing disadvantaged kids with creative programs to supplement artistic and personal development, were also included in the exhibit. A portion of sales from the event will be donated to the Art Start program.

Nashville Fashion Week 2015 | Accessories as Art Installation

APRIL 7-11, 2015

Nashville Fashion Week 2015 has come and gone, but the memories live on. It takes months of preparation to pull off five full days of fashion. Mclaine served as Creative Director of the five-day non-profit event for the third year, designing and producing all of the print and web materials leading up to the event. Margaret Ellis Jewelry was featured in Nashville Fashion Week's first Accessories as Art Installation at The Cordelle on April 8. ME was thrilled to be one of seven local designers featured in a gorgeous banquet table-setting created by Amos Events. It was fun to dress up and celebrate with so many friends! A Pop-Up Studio Sale and two-day Spring Trunk Show at Nina Kuzina Gallery were a great opportunity for everyone to add to their ME collection. The highlight of our week was a shout out from Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week, during her speech at the second annual Fashion Forward Gala at The Rosewall. She named Margaret Ellis Jewelry as one of several local brands that were setting the standard for Nashville's thriving design community. It was the perfect end to a perfect week! #pinchME

AV|ME Included in Sport Illustrated Swimville Model Bags

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FEBRUARY 11 & 12, 2015

Nashville hosted Swimville, a 2-day interactive event celebrating the release of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, on February 11 and 12. Each of the twenty-six models received an Amanda Valentine by Margaret Ellis Jewelry Fibulae Ear Cuff from our "Roman Holiday" collaborative capsule collection in their goody bag. The bags featured products from a variety of Nashville designers. Please keep your eyes open for photos of these bathing beauties wearing AV|ME!

Brandy Clark Wears Margaret Ellis Jewelry at The Grammy's

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FEBRUARY 8, 2015

Congratulations to the beautiful Brandy Clark on two nominations and her killer performance with Dwight Yoakam at The GRAMMYs!

It was exciting to watch for ME on the pre-Grammy red carpet show. Our labradorite and grey pearl Danube Earrings were the perfect choice to accent Brandy's blue eyes. She also wore the new Spring 2015 Wrapped Bangles and 18K Druzy Silver and Gold Ring with her navy sequined gown. 

 
Modern History Collection, Fall 2013 - Danube Earrings

Modern History Collection, Fall 2013 - Danube Earrings

Moderne Simplicity Collection, Spring 2015 - Wrapped Bangles

Moderne Simplicity Collection, Spring 2015 - Wrapped Bangles

18K Druzy in Silver and 22K Gold Ring

18K Druzy in Silver and 22K Gold Ring

DRAFTspace Was Truly Delicious

November 12-15, 2014

Photo provided by DRAFTspace DELICIOUS OBJECTS, Natalie Conn

Photo provided by DRAFTspace DELICIOUS OBJECTS, Natalie Conn

The DRAFTspace "Delicious Objects" jewelry and accessories art showcase at The Highline Loft in New York City November 12-15, 2014 was an absolutely gorgeous exhibit and proved to be great exposure for ME. 

Opening night was filled with editors, stylists, bloggers and press and requests for Margaret Ellis Jewelry are still pouring in. So far, we've received numerous wholesale inquiries, been featured in several blog posts and our jewelry has been selected by national fashion publications for upcoming editorial. There is even a very real possibility that several celebrities will be wearing ME at notable red carpet events. Fingers crossed that we have BIG news to share soon!

AV|ME Roman Holiday Party

November 13, 2014

ME and Amanda Valentine hosted a fun little soiree in Nashville at The Cellar at The Sutler on November 13, 2014 to give our friends the opportunity to celebrate and shop our limited edition "Roman Holiday" collaborative capsule collection. A great time was had by all!

Special thanks to Snappylifestyle for capturing these beautiful moments and Eye Model Management for our gorgeous models, Caroline, Keegan and Reese.

Amanda Valentine by Margaret Ellis Jewelry Presents "Roman Holiday"

October 29, 2014

Amanda Valentine and I are thrilled to announce the launch of our collaborative capsule jewelry collection - Amanda Valentine by Margaret Ellis Jewelry! Inspired by our shared love of art history, metal work and the intricate details found in Rome, the "Roman Holiday" collection perfectly balances ancient influences with bold modernity. Originally seen on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's Project Runway show, the limited edition pieces are now available for purchase at MargaretEllisJewelry.com and in the Studio. Hurry, these special pieces will go fast!

Holiday orders must be placed by December 1. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. All Sales Final.

Visit AmandaValentine.com to see Amanda's latest designs.

Photo Credits:
Designers Amanda Valentine and Mclaine Richardson
Creative Direction Connie Cathcart-Richardson
Photography Fairlight Hubbard and Amy Phillips | EYE Management
Model Britt Bradley | K Starr Management
Hair and Makeup Betsy Briggs Cathcart | Studio BBC

 

Amanda Valentine by ME Jewelry Draws Rave Reviews

October 17, 2014

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In case you haven't heard, Margaret Ellis Jewelry made our Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week debut last month in NYC with 25 custom pieces we designed for Nashville designer and fan favorite Amanda Valentine's Project Runway SS2015 RTW collection. Not surprising, Amanda is a finalist! The finale collection preview aired October 16 to rave reviews from the judges and the full collection will air Thursday, October 23 on the season finale at 8 p.m. CST on Lifetime. Of course, we expect Amanda to win!

You've been saying these same lovely things for years, but there was just something about hearing them on television...

"I think the jewelry is exceptional." - Zac Posen, Fashion Designer

"Did you have these made? Beautiful." - Tim Gunn, Project Runway mentor and Fashion Consultant

"The jewelry makes your clothes look more expensive." - Nina Garcia, Creative Director, Marie Claire

To say that we are excited is an understatement! Enjoy the show!

 

ME Makes New York Fashion Week Debut

September 5, 2014

EXCITING NEWS! Margaret Ellis Jewelry made our Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week debut on September 5 with 25 custom pieces we designed for Nashville designer and fan favorite Amanda Valentine's Project Runway SS15 RTW collection! Finalists will be revealed in October on Lifetime

Amanda Valentine Project Runway Collection
Spring 2015 RTW

Photos provided by New York Magazine

Opposites Attract F|W14 Photo Shoot

August 13, 2014

Sofie is wearing the Galaxies on Wire earrings, Cigar Band Ring and the Moonstone Empire Cuff. Salome is in the Wired Wuss Hoop earrings, Sticks Pendant necklace and Sticks Black Spinel Toggle Bracelet

ME worked with a dream team to concept and produce our first editorial fashion campaign in anticipation of the new website launch. We can't wait to share these beautiful images with you!

Photography: Brett Warren Photography Emporium
Cinematography: Tyler Evans
Photo Assistant: Quinn Headley
Stylists: Connie Cathcart-Richardson and Mclaine Richardson
Models: Salome Steinmann and Sofie Rovenstine | AMAX Talent
Hair & Makeup: Christin Cook Zito

2014 Steeplechase Lookbook & Fashion Show

April 17, 2014

Photograph by Adrian Morales/Snappylifestyle

ME Jewelry was featured in the 2014 Steeplechase Lookbook and Fashion Show benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt held at Hillwood Country Club on April 17. 

For pictures of the Steeplechase Lookbook 2014 magazine, click here

USN Alumni Art Show

April 11, 2014

Mclaine '04 and Sarah Sperling '92, exhibition organizer, at ME table during the artists' reception on April 11. 

A few pieces of the Wish List collection were displayed during the show - Comet Neck, Fancy Marquise Drop necklace and Comet Earrings in the left frame and the Lollipop Bangle, Necklace, and Earrings in the right.

Mclaine was a featured artist at the University School of Nashville Alumni Art Show celebrating ten years of the Christine Slayden Tibbott Center on April 11 - May 8, 2014.

For more information about the exhibition, click here

Art is Fashion Benefit Trunk Show

April 4 - 5, 2014

Margaret Ellis Jewelry and Nina Kuzina Gallery co-hosted a "Art is Fashion" Trunk Show during Nashville Fashion Week to benefit The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Nashville Fashion Forward Fund and Gilda's Club of Nashville