Each piece mar y sol produces is completely dyed, crocheted, woven, and sewn by hand in Madagascar. mar y sol uses natural, sustainable materials including raffia, sisal and seagrass. Madagascar has the most luxe species of raffia palm in all the world. It results in beautiful, durable accessories that have a wonderful texture and quality.
mar y sol uses azo-free dyes. Their “natural” colorway features the natural tone of the un-dyed raffia and sisal plant fibers, and their “sand” colorway is dyed with dried tea leaves. The leather is organically tanned by hand using only soap, water, and the rays of the sun. The leather will soften and patina with use. mar y sol is Hudson Valley-owned, and pied a terre is proud to carry this fine quality line of raffia accessories.
Susan Shaw, Piermont, NY, has challenged the boundaries of papier mache with her colorful bowl making, building her bowls based on the knowledge of years of art making and formal educations in the Fine Arts. Now she challenges it once again, using papier mache, hand-colored papers, and free-form artistry, to create the most organic, unusual, vibrant, one-of-a-kind earrings--a must-have this holiday season, and for all seasons.
Susan, in search of a new medium found one--papier mache--that embraces both color and paper, she found the composition of papier mache a great fit and the circular bowl the perfect form for color and textual experimentation. Each new hand-made bowl and earring, is a creation, where all is considered: their basic shape, texture and color, and their inside and outside surfaces. These handmade bowls and earrings are made of layers of recycled paper products, natural fibers and glue, and coated with water-based lacquer.
Care instructions for your bowls and earrings: clean with a damp cloth and hand dry.
Sometimes artists just want to have fun.