Thursday, December 1, 2011

W.E.S.T. November Design Challenge Results

The design challenge for November was based on the Fall 2011 colour trend forecast from Pantone:

Four WESTers took up the challenge with fabulous results! I'm going to start from the last to the first entry with this post.

Just under the wire, Kat from aeliodesign entered this beautiful one of a kind cuff:

OOAK Luxurious Horn Cuff Bronze Metalwork Emberglow Agate Stone set in Sterling Silver by aeliodesign

Kat notes that she had plans to make a necklace for the challenge, but on the last day of the challenge, she just sat down at her bench with some metal and a saw, and this was the result. The cuff itself is "bamboo," with some rippling through it, and the stone is "emberglow."

You can see more of Kat's Original, contemporary & stylish jewelry designs in her shop aeliodesign. When you go there, you will see she is currently living in Greece, but she will be moving back to Winnipeg soon!

Our third entry was based on the colour Quarry:

Modern Elongated Swarovski Crystal Hoops Earrings, Light Denim Blue and Argentium Sterling Silver - Roxie by Toxie Designs

Jennifer says earlier this year she purchased vintage crystal in the colour Indian Sapphire, which she thinks best matches Pantone's Quarry hue. These crystals are in a discontinued shape in a large 10mm size.

Vintage light grey blue faceted crystal saucers floats on an arced earwire which meets at the bottom latch. These sexy earrings, made of Argentium Sterling silver* (anti-tarnish, nickle free and ethically mined) are hand-shaped and hardened by me. The crystals are brilliantly cut vintage saucer beads in pale light denim blue or quarry blue from Swarovski. These are limited edition earrings as only three pairs will be made.

You can find more of Jennifer's Modern Geometric Jewelry in Silver and Gold in her Toxie Designs shop!

The second entry was from MonCherieCreations:

Cafe Latte Fingerless Mitts by MonCherieCreations

Just the thing for a cool fall day in November! Miriam notes: I love the colours for this challenge! This was a pattern I'd been wanting to make for a while, and I had two perfect colours with which to make them.

With these fingerless mitts, you'll keep your hands warm with comforting colours and style. Perfect for running errands or an evening out, these mitts will keep you hands warmer but leave your fingers free to use the outdoor ATM, pay your parking, order at the drive-thru, or fasten your kids' seatbelts. A great gift for yourself, a teacher, a bus driver, or anyone else for whom you'd like to get a thoughtful gift.

You can find more of Miriam's handmade crocheted bags, hats, headwraps and more in her MonCherieCreations shop!

And last, but not least, Susana from lemon dear was our very first entry, and she made a very cool moustache calender for 2012:

2012 calendar. Printable PDF. Original illustrations. Moustaches by lemondear

Susana writes:
Ever since I was a child, I've always found moustaches to be absolutely charming - and I don't mean just Clark Gable and John Waters' cooler than cool pencil thin moustaches. My fascination has always included the magical bearded lady of the amusement parks, fairs and circuses of yore, and of course, Groucho Marx's grease moustache and the millions of imitations that followed in the form of "funny guy" masks. While thinking of a calendar idea, something one will see all through the year, I thought: I'd like to see colourful moustaches. It was a huge aid to have this challenge and the Pantone colours available, since I am still a bit scared about colour--hence one of the lines of my manifesto goes "Do not be afraid of colour." This was a perfect chance to run wild with the amazing hues presented. Using the suggested colours was like writing an exquisite corpse: no one knows what the previous verse was or what the following one will be, but somehow, they match beautifully.

You can find more of Susana's embroidery patterns, embroidered hoop art, customized colouring books and 2012 calendars in her lemon dear shop!

We will be taking a break from the design challenges in December. What theme would you like to see for future challenges in 2012?


  1. Great pieces WEST team!

  2. as always lovely inspriational items, well done!

  3. Awesome work! Y'all RAWK ;-)
    *tee hee*


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