Sunday, June 3, 2012

Man Eaters, Beads, & Johnny Cash - Mallory Knox Loves' Em All

I know it's been ages (in blogosphere time) since I posted, and all I have to say for myself is that a) I am coping with Carpel Tunnel that has forced me to spend less time on my computer and wear ugly things on my arm and wrists while at work and b) my outfits (and it seems, everyone else's) have been less than inspiring this week.  However, I discovered THE MOST FREAKTASTIC jewellery last week and have to tell you about it and the awesome dame that makes it:
Behold, dear reader, the "Maneater" necklace, created by Tammy Brown (aka Mallory Knox in her jewellery making life).  Lovesick is carrying her jewellery, and when I saw this - beads, a skeleton, and a raven-haired dame with an animal claw dripping blood - I nearly swooned over the sheer crazy-coolness of it all (and took it home, of course).  Her jewellery combines pop culture references, rockabilly themes, and aboriginal beadwork techniques.  Other necklaces have featured Cyndi Lauper, Danny and Sandy from Grease, Johnny Cash (my personal fave), Lily Munster, Dolly Parton, and Marilyn Monroe.  Lovesick is also carrying some of Knox's adorable heart and flower earrings, and an ultra-fab owl pin that she transformed with some gorgeous beadwork.  I emailed Knox to find out more about her, and her jewellery and as we couldn't get together she sent me a photo of herself:
If her jewellery wasn't enough to inspire a girl crush, her "I Love Lucy"- inspired look just sealed it.

Knox started making jewellery about 8 years ago, using wire and beads, and after a few years, her mother-in-law suggested she try her hand at aboriginal style beadwork.  Knox is non-aboriginal, but her youngest daughter, and extended family, are Ojibwe, and their positive support helped her overcome her initial hesitation at trying the art form.  In the last few years she has developed her own style and mixes traditional beadwork with pop culture, all with a vintage flair.   

Knox loves old jewellery, especially the colours from the 40's & 50's like mint green, pinks, buttery yellows and teal.  The glamour of dressing up in the 1940's, even just to go to the grocery store, and the rebelliousness of the 50's, with the bad boys and fast cars, are inspirations for her creations, which are not for the faint of heart.  Wear a necklace featuring bold beadwork and Johnny Cash flipping the bird, and you're going to get noticed.   

Prices for necklaces start around $30 and up for more elaborate pieces.  You can see more of her jewellery on her facebook page here, and on her website which she shares with another crafty dame, Mrs. P, who works in fabric and fibre under the moniker of Sew Phat, and also has some of her work for sale at Lovesick.


  1. Shelley, so sorry to hear that you're dealing with Carpal Tunnel and hoping that it improves soon. I enjoyed reading about this unique line of jewelry and the beautiful woman who is the creator. What a find and waiting to see what you put together with this fabulous piece.

  2. OOh, I Must check her out asap! that necklace is the bomb!
    Hugs always

  3. Beautiful! I'm heading over to check her out.

    Take care of that carpal tunnel. My laptop does that to me terribly. Especially when I'm too lazy to use the wireless mouse.

  4. That is the coolest necklace! I checked out Ms. Knox and Mrs. P's. Mrs. P's kidswear with the cute skulls is also inspired. What a great duo!

    Sorry to hear about the Carpel Tunnel situation. Is there a way you can beautify those "ugly things" you have to wear, with jewels or patches or glitter? In the best case, you soon won't need them at all.

  5. Oh I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling with carpal tunnel - hope you feel better soon - big hugs.

    And thanks for the head's up - Mallory's work is AMAZING!

    Sarah xxx

  6. Carpal Tunnel is the pits, I'm sending you a big virtual hug and lots of positive vibes for you to feel better soon!
    That gorgeous necklace is just the treat you need, what could be better than a sexy lady, bling & a skeleton all wrapped up together? xxx

  7. Hooray for buying that INCREDIBLE work of art!!!!! I can't wait to see you wearing it my dear friend and I would def be up for a bit of Mallory's Cash bling too. In fact, my hubby bought me a beautiful Johnny Cash cameo pendant last week and I've been wearing it everyday this week. I love him! I'm so sorry you've been in such pain with bloody bastard carpal tunnel!!!! xoxo

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