Quality of Style: Claudia Kussano

The words “magic, sophistication, and modern” describe the jewelry designs of Claudia Kussano. When the elements of the Earth, an artist’s eye, and a maker’s mastery are combined, the quality of style is evident.  Aligning with the values of Swankety Swank, Claudia  seeks to evoke a symbiotic awareness of the world and our spiritual surroundings. See her work in the following images by Mercedes Abraham on Tiffany, our Brand Ambassador and my photos on the visit to Claudia’s beautiful shop in the Mission.

Tiffany wears the Fairy Labyrinth Necklace by Claudia Kussano and Swankety Swank hemp LBD.
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Claudia in her Jewelry Atelier at 591 Guerro St. in The Mission District of San Francisco.
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Earth and art with a modern flair showcase the retail windows of Claudia Kussano Jewelry Atelier.
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Earrings by Claudia Kussano on Swankety Swank Brand Ambassador Tiffany Marie.

Shop Swankety Swank and Claudia Kussano online. Visit her bricks ‘n mortar at 591 Guerrero St in San Francisco. XXOO Yabette

The Ridiculous and Sublime

Gorgeous Edwardian Ball Pieces By Yabette

by Christine Donley Allababedi

The San Francisco Edwardian Ball is right around the corner.  Swankety Swank is showcasing several fantastic pieces in stock that are perfect for the Edwardian Ball (and New Year’s Eve!) and Yabette is now taking orders for custom pieces.

You can find the pieces now in the Swankety Swank Shop.  For more information on ordering a custom Edwardian Ball piece, please email swankety@gmail.com.

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Introducing #InstaGlamTop

Arguing for your limitations is never helpful. 

The expansion of my soul, my life, my opportunities is never ending joy!

That being said, the Swankety Swank Re-brand Hemp Collection Project is in progress. Like an oversize St. Honoré cake, it’s a plan of grand scale and epic goodness. While that’s cooking, I have something fun and helpful debuting this Thursday, July 16 12-7pm  at Annie’s Trunk in the Yerba Buena District of San Francisco.

Take your outfit from doldrums to divine with one piece!

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Easy Spring Refresher with Art

Spring Decorating on a budget is fun with these black and white sketches.

For the month of April I will include a free matte with any original (unframed) sketch purchase. Buy them here.

Put a grouping of these in sleek frames and you have a sophisticated spruce-up that will feel abundant and look much pricier than you paid!

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Embracing the Grit

rustI’ll admit right away that I have been quite biased towards wood. Building, refinishing, repairing, and beautifying wood has been my artful pastime for many years now. However, metal runs deep with my family lineage of steel workers, machinists, and builders, yet I rejected it as dirty, dangerous, and rough. While it IS all of those things, I am now embracing the grit and seeing the joys of metal. For me, it was coming home. Besides working in my literal home state of Ohio this summer, I recognized the smells of burning steel, the dirt, and the intense sweaty, grungy heat emanating from this place. I thought often of my Father long ago, coming home from work with black hands and curled metal chips embedded into the souls of his heavy, black work boots.

Of course my Father didn’t work for a creative master who admits he hails from the planet “Ooob” and plays The Orb remixed by Lee Scratch Perry on the sound system. In fact, an artist like myself would not have been welcome into my father’s production steel shop where parts for the industrial/military complex were produced. But there I was, part of the assembly line for Doug Meyer’s Rustbelt Rebirth creations.  Offering me an opportunity to be a part of his East Coast Showcase booth at Brimfield, he created artful frames for my oil paintings that matched his fantastic, industrial furniture. Using recycled scrap metal, he and the crew fabricate his art deco inspired designs that fit into a beautifully modern and artful home, office or studio.

"Sea horse" oil 24x18" framed in upcycled chocolate brown with a rolling serving cart inspired by travelling trains of the past.
“Sea horse” oil 24×18″ by Yabette framed in upcycled chocolate brown metal with a rolling serving cart of the traveler’s train era inspiration by Doug Meyer.

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May’s New Growth

As May springs forward with all the Beltane promise of abundance and joy, I finished a new Art Furniture piece. In the Steampunk tradition of updating the old with swankety style, this New Growth Lingerie Chest is waiting to gracefully adorn your dressing room.

New Growth Lingerie Chest by Yabette
New Growth Lingerie Chest by Yabette

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