Highland, Maryland (PRWEB) June 10, 2014
Artist and designer Randi Tannenbaum (http://www.randitan.etsy.com) creates unique jewelry and accessories for the individual who wants to wear “art that no one else is wearing.” Randi will be introducing her line of mosaic vintage license plate belt buckles to magazine, newspaper and online editors, top bloggers and TV, radio and online producers at the Consumer Products All-Press Gifting in New York City on June 18. The signed and numbered mosaic belt buckles will be part of collaborative gift bags prepared by California-based The Artisan Group especially for the event.
Randi’s colorful belt buckles recall a distinctly American car culture and stem from her desire to explore industrial metals as personal adornment. A far cry from license plate kitsch, they are more like small, wearable works of modern art. The buckles have been called “Indie Swank,” and though they appeal to many, they especially resonate with fashion forward, artistic, indie men and the women that shop for them.
The mosaic belt buckles are individually handcrafted by Randi from vintage license plates found in dusty attics, barns and auctions, using a multi-step process that involves cutting, shaping, hammering, filing, welding, cementing, beveling, waxing and polishing. The buckles are then engraved with a number on the back and signed.
Randi notes, “Each of my metal mosaic belt buckles is a one of a kind, just like the people who wear them.”
Randitan mosaic belt buckles are available to purchase at randitan.etsy.com. The buckles come in two sizes; the standard size retails for $54.00 and the XL Giant Buckle retails for $64.00. A medium weight, black, 100 percent leather snap on belt that works well with the belt buckles is also available to purchase separately.
The thread that runs through Randi’s work is a love for the rawness of a material and an appreciation for the effects of time and wear on it. “A pile of old painted metal or a bin of chunky old stones make me weak in the knees,” she once commented. Randi also has an attraction to typography and graffiti.
Randi has been designing jewelry and accessories, including rings, cufflinks, necklaces and more, full time for more than a decade. In addition to her work with vintage metals, she is inspired by unusual combinations of materials which she pulls together from her own extensive collection of original charms, gem stones, salvaged metals and bits of vintage toys and machinery.
Randi also creates commissioned mosaic wall pieces using vintage license plates and other metals. Randi’s wall art has been purchased by a number of collectors, including some Hollywood celebrities.
“My aim is to draw attention to the beauty that is created from the wear and tear on a material or finish. I don’t like ‘perfect’. I prefer the idiosyncrasies that make each piece unique. Weather and time give a rich patina to industrial painted metal that I find utterly appealing.”
Randitan jewelry, accessories and art is available at http://www.randitan.etsy.com, at boutiques around the United States and at the annual, juried Out of Hand Craft Show in Baltimore, Maryland. Randi’s designs have appeared in Good Housekeeping, The Daily Green and Urban Daddy Weekender.
Randitan (http://www.randitan.etsy.com) is the home of handcrafted metal mosaic belt buckles, handmade jewelry and unique art objects. The thread that runs through Randi’s work is a love for the rawness of a material and an appreciation for the effects of time and wear on it.