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Golden Season Has Arrived!

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Golden Season Has Arrived!

September 23rd was the official first day of fall! I LOVE fall. Everything about it makes me happy. The leaves, the pumpkins, the sweaters... So in celebration of my favorite season- I decided to pull out this deliciously golden dress made by Co, a Los Angeles-based womenswear brand founded in 2011 by Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern. To top if off, I decked it out with one of my favorite necklaces designed by yours truly :) This hand-carved teak necklace belongs to a line I started in 2016 called Tala.   Tala offers lifestyle pieces that range from wonderful necklaces like these to...

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Hmong Hemp

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While in Thailand this past winter, I noticed the Hmong leading the hemp revolution with full steam.  In the highlands of Southeast Asia, hemp has long been produced for everyday clothing, household objects and ceremony. In fact, it is a key component of funeral rituals, where the deceased is fully dressed in hemp. Children even demonstrate respect for their elders by preparing such garments for them long before they die. Hemp is a rain-fed crop that does not rely on additional irrigation or pesticides to flourish, making them naturally friendly to the environment.  They can also be planted close together, making it...

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Scents of Aomori, Japan

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Scents of Aomori, Japan

The Japanese know what they are doing. I mean have you seen their public transportation system? Have you tried sushi? Have you experienced a Japanese zen garden?  So it's no surprise that Japan is where you find Hiba Wood-only found in 300 year old Aomori Hiba trees from Aomori, Japan.  Studies have shown the Hinokitiol, found only in Aomori Hiba wood, to have anitmicrobial, germicidal, insect repellent, and deodorizing properties. These properties make Aomori Hiba Trees unique to other Hiba trees grown in other parts of the world! So combine the Aomori Hiba oil with distilled water and you get...

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Sustainability: Everyone's Theme for the Future?

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Integrating eco-friendly materials and fair-trade values into one's company is undeniably important. It is also equally important to care about how products are made. Honoring handmade skills and techniques not only produce high-quality pieces but time-honored processes and traditions tend to be more sustainable for surrounding ecosystems. As one can easily ascertain, the work entailed for pieces T.Karn either creates or curates are often more uniquely complex and therefore take considerably longer; but in my opinion, absolutely worth the wait. Did you know?   Eco-friendly crops like hemp are rain fed crops that don’t rely on additional irrigation or pesticides to...

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Lighting by John Kirk Drogsvold

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Lighting by John Kirk Drogsvold

I love it when art and utility collide.  Which brings me to this special shout out to Colorado native: John Kirk Drogsvold. Drogsvald is a lighting designer inspired by the beauty of mountain topography. Originally from Boulder, CO, he earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design & Certificate in Entrepreneurship from CU Boulder. Drogsvald currently resides in Telluride, CO, where his ethereal lighting fixtures are designed and fabricated. In 2018, Drogsvald received the Best Individual Artist Award from the Telluride Art and Architecture Weekend, and was featured by the Telluride Arts District as Featured Artist in April 2019. He recently has...

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