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Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2023 by James Field
Roses in soft pastel shades of pink, lavender, cream, and yellow sit in my bedroom/home office window.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

Henri Matisse

So…this is May 2023. The flowers bloom before me in colorful splendor. They burst forth in a 1000 different colors that each inspire my artistry. I wanted to take some time to share what has been inspiring me lately. Flowers are one of my favorite inspirations. I think you can see why.

The art of pearl stringing is very tedious to say the least. However, it remains one of my favorite artistic mediums. I enjoy the process of sourcing my materials very much. From gem and jewelry tradeshows, to online vendors and local jewelry supply stores, I do my best to source and acquire pearls and gemstone beads that match in color, shape, and size.

The necklace above is a 7ft long, individual pearl strand that I’ve recently completed. The necklace contains over 200 cream to pure white pearls of various shapes and sizes. Each pearl is hand strung and knotted on 60mm thick silk thread. I use a simple pearl knotting tool to make and secure the knot between each pearl. This ensures the pearls do not touch each other, which causes damage to the pearl surfaces.

Green is the color of May, is it not? The beautiful Emerald stone is said to be associated with the month, however I have a few other favorite green stones. The necklace above is a composite of all of my favorite green stones. The necklace graduates in size and gradients in color from light to dark. The lighter color stone is Fluorite and they graduate in size from small to medium size beads. The next is the Aventurine which is a darker shade, and graduates in size as well from a medium size bead to a larger size. The tube-shaped bead is a soft green Jade, which has been carved with a lovely swirling cloud motif. Lastly, I added an oval, faceted dark green Emerald to the outside of the carved Jade stone. I enjoy the various shades of green displayed in this one piece. As you can see, it is very versatile as it can wrap around the wrist to create a statement bracelet.

Cycling outdoors is another favorite activity, and being outside is very inspiring to me and my work. There is a local park that has a beautiful lake where I sit and read for hours. I enjoy sitting on the bench and watch the sun hit the rippling waves and glitter like natural diamonds. I try not to wear them while cycling, however some days I layer on my samples and enjoy impromptu photoshoots on my own. There are three necklaces in each photo above.

The first photo contains a smaller collet necklace of round, white pearls, followed by a longer necklace of multi-color, and larger oblong shaped pearls. Lastly, I completed the look with the 7ft individual strand.

The second photo contains a round multi-color pearl, single strand necklace with an oblong white pearl in the center. That necklace is followed by the two others I mentioned above, and linked together with a lever-back, single pearl pendant. These necklaces are my current pride and joy. They took months to complete as I would continuously restring them if the length was off by even a few inches. They remain samples, and are my design signature no doubt, and will remain so as I continue to grow my brand GoldField.

Lastly, while reading “The National Gem Collection” by Jeffrey E. Post, I stopped on the Feldspar gems page. I had been reading the book for several days and studying each section on Diamonds, Corundum (Sapphire & Ruby), Pearls, Quartz, etc. I wanted to reset a Sunstone pendant that I had in my collection, and in that moment stopped reading and created the above necklace. The piece is handcrafted using round and oval paper clip style links, and is completed with a magnetic barrel clasp. As you can see, the Sunstone pendant is slight oval in shape and faceted on both sides of it’s surface. The color is a soft pinkish orange, and simply sparkles in direct sunlight.

So here is where I end this post. The photo above is that of my sample and tool board. It hangs on the wall next to my desk, and when I look up at it continuously reminds me to continue designing. It can be very challenging for a singular artist these days. There are always those seeking to criticize and judge one and one’s work, however one must persist. Inner determination to see one’s goals realized is a true super power.

I will continue to design, be inspired and try my best to inspire others.

Thank you for reading.



Kenzo Menswear Fall 2013

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2013 by James Field

Thank you Kenzo! Ah yes, who better than to deliver the coolness to the fellas this season than Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Right down from the heavens it seems too have been sent, as the inspiration of the collection were mythical sky gods and goddesses. Spun from the constant images of the sky via traveling on planes as the duo are bi coastal with the Kenzo brand these days.

The collection was full of amazing could prints, sleek fitted trousers and incredible coats in deep shades purple, black and blue. “When we were thinking about these warriors and goddesses, they were all kind of powerful feeling, and the shapes gave us that,” says co-designer Humberto Leon, and that aspect is certainly achieved with the powerful rounded shoulders, paired with the crisp straight lines of the trousers. Just as the coats also projected  power evoking presence with the A line shapes and tailoring.

Below are some of the my favorites from the collection from which I loved pretty much every single look. Enjoy!









So just as the clouds blew eye fetchingly across fabrics on Kenzo’s amazing coats, my unrelentingly keen love blew to Florence for this Fall 2013 collection.


Dunhill Spring 2011 Collection: 1940’s Revival

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2010 by James Field

The entire summer I have been patiently awaiting the Mens Spring 2011 Collections to showcase from Europe. My excitement bubbled and finally peak when I laid eyes on the Dunhill Spring 2011 Collection from Paris via

It was a blend of exquisite tailoring with air of 1940’s “Mad Men” inspired styling. It is very rare that the men’s collections capture my interest to a point of obsession, and this show definitely achieved that reaction. Some of my favorite new styles were the double-breasted blazer, a classic British sport coat, cropped and reduced to two buttons, along with the flat front cropped trousers. The overall vision of the show read “Gentleman” to my eyes, and in such creating a sense of throwback glamour of the old Hollywood days of Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra. When doing my mens fashion reviews, I tend to only use a few images from the show’s that I am reviewing, to keep it minimal, but the Dunhill Spring 2011 Collection amazed me so much I put almost half of the images up via


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Now That We Found Love

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 24, 2010 by James Field

Sade – “Soldier of Love”

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by James Field

The voice is back, Sade has returned to us from more than a decade long hiatus with the highly anticipated album “Soldier of Love” Her velvety smooth sounds mixed with her paralyzing beauty is yet another reminder of raw talent, unlike today’s overrated music of synthesizers and lip synching. I have been awaiting for her next album for 2 years now, and finally it will be released by Sony on February 8th to a swarm of loyal followers.

Viva la Sade!