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A Pigment Gift Guide | For Her

Still trying to figure out what to give her this holiday? We have a few pretty lil’ suggestions:

Gifts For Her

1. We love this stunning book of floral arrangements – The Flower Recipe Book.

2. Wild Flower and Fern Gel has the prettiest packaging, you don’t even have to wrap it!

3. For the lady with the cooking magic  – Rifle Paper Co. Citrus Floral Tin Recipe Box.

4. Dress it up, or dress it down with this fun little Hobo Honey Ombre Wallet.

5. In love with Lush’s Love Script Ring.

6. There’s nothing basic about this beauty, Baggu Leather Basic Tote in fancy-fun gold!

7. Botanical Rose iPhone Case is not only super pretty, but really durable too, for those oh so many “whoops…eek!”

8. Sass it up with the Large Baggu Leather Pouch in Persimmon! Perfect as a clutch or makeup carryall.

9. A special piece of jewelry for a special lady, handmade by Bearhead Factory – the beautiful Feather Cuff.

We Are…Bearhead Factory

Erin Merriman is truly an artisan in her craft. She is the creator behind Bearhead Factory – an experimental line of handmade jewelry that transforms symbols from their collective mythology into wearable art objects. Her vivid imagination and organic way of looking at life translates into her jewelry. Her pieces are the epitome of beautiful statement pieces.

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Where does the name “Bearhead Factory” come from?

“The name is actually now almost 10 years old! I had graduated from school, and was living in an old factory in Brooklyn, and just making tons of different kinds of art. I wanted a name that could be an umbrella or container for whatever I was working on. Around this time, I had a dream about a warrior woman wearing the most beautiful, intricate helmet made from the head of a grizzly bear. This dream woman at the time represented a fierceness of spirit that I was eager to harness/ channel into my business and life.”

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What inspired you to start making  jewelry? 

“I grew up in a very small town with not much to do, so I spent most of high school fantasizing about moving to New York City. When I finally got to art school in Brooklyn, I was surprised to find I missed the solitude of my family’s 100 acre tree farm. I chose jewelry as my major because there where only 3 people in that department, and the idea of being left alone to explore a completely new craft excited me. Also, whenever I would see a painting or sculpture I liked growing up, my first thought was always “ How can I wear that?” I am always inspired by the way jewelry allows us to explore ideas we are interested in by wearing them on our bodies.”

What inspires you, in general?

Carl Jung, Star Trek The Next generation, Dreams, New Aged self help books, good conversation, vintage textiles, textures in general

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Where do you make your work?

“A chance encounter with a local Armenian goldsmith lead to an unlikely friendship and an invite to share his studio in Downtown San Diego. This has given me access to so many tools I had only dreamed of owning, and also immersed me in a completely surreal work environment! Many a late night we have spent there together, me grinding metal, him chain smoking and watching Russian Christmas pageants on the big screen TV. He’s always trying to get me to stop working and have a shot of cognac with him.”

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How did you end up in San Diego?

“My husband and I left Brooklyn for an  earthship in New Mexico, where I briefly considered becoming a homebirth midwife. Instead, we ended up having a homebirth! As soon as our son arrived, we realized how important it was to us both that he had an extended family. My husband is from San Diego, so we just packed up everything and moved here when our son was 8 weeks old. I thought we would just make it work for a couple of years and then choose our next adventure, but San Diego has shown up for us in really incredible ways, and I couldn’t be happier living here.”

What do you like about San Diego? What do you like about North Park?

“It feels like an unbelievable blessing to get to live walking distance from the ocean. The weather is mild all year, and the creative community in San Diego is very collaborative and welcoming. Most of our friends live in North Park, so that is my very favorite thing about the neighborhood, but there is also good yoga and vintage/ resale spots too.”

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Where do you see your artistic endeavors taking you?

“I am getting ready to launch a new project. We will of course still make jewelry collections, but within a more conceptual context, including  lots of  exciting collaborations. There are so many stories about how to be an artist or run a business out there, but most of them feel isolating, limiting and outdated to me.  I am meeting a lot of amazing artists who are feeling the same way, and together we are writing a new story of how to engage creatively in life in an authentic way that leaves room for experimentation, mistakes, individuality and imperfection. Perfection is numbing- Messy is more fun!”

Bearhead Factory jewelry pieces are originally designed and hand made. You can shop some of her specialty pieces in store,and online. 

 

photos by: Chantal Pasag

 

 

 

Nothing but Love for LoveTatum

What can we say about our girl Tatum? She is extremely talented, super friendly and creates some of the most beautiful jewelry that we are so excited to carry in store and now online.

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LoveTatum at PigmentWe were curious about LoveTatum, so set out to get to know a little more about her and how she’s become such a successful jewelry designer.

 

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What brought you out here to San Diego?

“Most people are in shock when they find out I have a culinary background. In a nut shell… I graduated from a four-year program at Johnson & Wales University with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts & a Bachelor’s in Food Service Management. If you know me you know that once I set my mind to something I do it! With that said, a year prior to graduating I came to visit University of San Diego with my little brother. I told him that even if he didn’t end up going here for college that once I graduated I would move here and I did. Two weeks after graduation I moved all of my belongings from the east coast to San Diego with no job, no friends and no familiarities. Once I was here I took a job as the Executive Chef for a Kosher Catering company & Event Chef at a local high-end catering company and have called San Diego home for the past seven years.”
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Tell us about your sources and materials you use to make your pieces.
“When I began jewelry designing I was 10 years old with humble supplies of glass beads, stretchy string & whatever I could pick apart from my vintage finds from antique stores.
As each year passed my taste level changed and I began to incorporate sterling silver and expensive briolettes from all over the world –this went on for about 10 years until the requests to design with gold became overbearing and I finally gave in! Little did I know that the demand of gold jewelry would take over the fashion accessory world.Currently our LoveTatum Collection is now made up of 98% gold & 2% silver accessories.Our best sellers are our 24kt electro-formed gold items. The difference between forming as opposed to plating is that is has 3x’s more gold in each piece and therefore lasts longer. The combination of our quality metal + a show-stopping gemstone + the love I have for each piece can not be compared to any other jewelry designer out there.”
LoveTatumThese beauties are made from preserved pieces of nature, transformed into a beautiful necklace charms and are available online!
LoveTatum + Mario LopezWhat!! Tatum got to hang with Slater??!!
From the looks of your site, LoveTatum has gained quite a bit of press, how did that come about for you?
“It has come from viewing every moment as an opportunity. I started doing trunk shows and events and from there continued to network and meet amazing people. The press I’ve received have come from good word of mouth & client referrals.”
LoveTatumA very colorful and sweet LoveTatum booth display
Any advice to young women out there aspiring to start their own endeavors/business?
“a. Make sure you are doing what you love!
b. The doors that you are meant to walk through will open and the doors that you are not will close
c. Set your standards high~ dream, believe in yourself, achieve
d. Balance your life”
We LoveTatum. We are inspired. We hope you are too!  XO – Pigment