THE ORIGINAL IVY
I named my brand ‘IVY’ after my mother - it represents choosing on purpose to be your authentic self.
Her story is an archetype. My grandmother changed her name to ‘Iris’ before she was even a year old because others had already started calling her Poison Ivy. With good intentions my grandmother did what she thought would help my mom conform.
IVY is all the qualities my mother still has inside, but now has to choose on purpose to be each day because she didn’t actually grow up as ‘Ivy.’ To me, Ivy represents that original, authentic self that we all start with. The one that inevitably gets tarnished with other people’s ‘shoulds’ over time. I think we all have an inner Ivy. We all must unlearn things, beliefs, myths and the stories we tell ourselves. This is everyone. The conscious effort we make to live an authentic life. To actually be who we are.
What you choose to wear projects what you believe that you are, not what other people think you should be. You pick what you put out there, representative of what’s inside, including the details like jewelry. Little details can make the biggest statements. These are statement pieces.
I intend my craft to serve that purpose - to encourage and allow people to express their authentic selves. Be proud, bold + true. I make pieces that speak to your inner IVY. I want them to speak to the person you are without any conventions. Something you love, and you don’t care whether anyone else loves it.
A HANDMADE BRAND
These are one of a kind pieces of torch fired enamel, combined with geometric brass elements and finished with gold filled ear wires, made by the artist Chelsey Greene in her home studio in San Francisco, California.
Enameling is the process by which glass is fused to the surface of copper. In this case with an open flame, handheld blowtorch. One special technique - sgraffito - is a form of decoration, pattern, design and texture made by scratching through the top enamel to reveal an underlying layer of contrasting color.
With a bachelor's degree in Textile Design from Colorado College, maker + designer Chelsey Greene was always known for dabbling in many mediums even beyond fibers. A friend once asked rhetorically "what do you not know how to do?" This provoked Chelsey to find a craft technique to challenge herself with. Because meeting every challenge head on is her signature move, enameling is now the craft foundation of her brand, but to make her work even more distinctive and rich Chelsey looks forward to integrating other familiar jewelry and fiber techniques back into the process. Starting in Summer 2021 collections will include micro macrame and beading.
IVY is dedicated to empowering women with body positivity. 1% of sales go to ABOUT FACE, a San Francisco non-profit that teaches girls how to fight back against a culture that diminishes and disempowers them. About-Face frees girls from the confines of our toxic culture so they can fulfill their potential.