Showing posts with label JP Personal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JP Personal. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It Is Too Hard To Say Goodbye

Dear Friends and Fans, 

I am announcing with a heavy heart that Jeanine Payer, Inc. as we know it will be closing on January 1st of 2014, which is the right decision at this time.

The poetry that surrounds us here has a magical effect.  We hear innumerable stories from you that are inspiring, trans-formative and moving; always so personal, as the work we create is to all of us.  I am and always will be uplifted by these stories, both happy and sad, and the fact that you chose to commemorate events, milestones and celebrations for yourselves and for your loved ones with just the right design and passage.  We recognize how meaningful this company and the jewelry we make are to so many of you.  It is very special to all of us as well and we will miss it terribly!

Love is where the art starts, and I am at a place in my life where, as a mother of a six year old, I want to put my heart and soul into raising my son.   I am not sure what the future will hold, and I am keeping the door open to possibilities regarding this work that I so love and to the poetry that inspires it. For the time, it is important for me to focus inward and on my family to create a space for future creative/artistic outlets.

As hard as it has been to write this, right now I am feeling a tremendous amount of gratitude for your loyalty and support and for all the incredible people who have worked here with me over these past 25 years.
With much love and my deepest thanks,

Jeanine Payer

Friday, October 25, 2013

Once Only - Denise Levertov

All which, because it was
flame and song and granted us
joy, we thought we'd do, be, revisit,
turns out to have been what it was
that once, only; every initiation
did not begin
a series, a build-up: the marvelous
                  did happen in our lives, our stories
                  are not drab with its absense: but don't
expect now to return for more.  Whatever more
there will be will be
unique as those were unique. Try
to acknowledge the next
song in its body-halo of flames as utterly
present, as now or never.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Fun Day in NY with Jeanine Payer, Alexis Bittar and Raphael!

It started out a normal day, strolling through the park interacting with some modern art...
When Alexis thought it would be a good idea for William to see the Statue of Liberty while dressed in costume.

He told my son we would take over the world, as soon as he got back from the gym.
When we got to Abracadabra it seemed to make sense for us all to wear costume.  To reflect our mood!

In the Ferry Terminal Alexis met another man wearing a wig and they united!

We had to keep our energy up!

People were overheard saying, "Oh, they are going to a party!"

William seemed to have bigger fish to fry, never mind that old statue.

But it is hard not be awed by her regal beauty.

It was windy getting off.
On the way back we met a friend.

But then Alexis walked right into a pole when we were getting off!  Pumpknot!

So he iced it at home for 6 hours and it was completely gone!

We had a super fun day.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

They Only Bloom at Night

the moon is captured in the distance above.

My cousin Lee is obsessed with photographing night blooming cactus flowers.   The amazing thing is that he is using the most rudimentary equipment to capture such cinematic and poetic beauty. When I was visiting he gave me a tour of all the cactus at his house and I got the lowdown on how he captures them on the one and only night when they bloom.  They are spectacular. I begged him to send me some images to put on the mood board. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mom's Ted Talk!!

It's about time I posted this Ted Talk my mom did a couple of years back.  Mom is passionate about the arts in the schools so if you want a little inspiration take a minute to listen. 
  • Susan Stauter
    is currently the Artistic Director for the San Francisco Unified School District. She was instrumental in creating the Arts Education Master Plan, promising equity and access for all students during the curricular day. Susan Stauter designs and presents keynotes and workshops, consulting nationally and internationally in all areas of arts education. She was one of the readers for the audio version of Richard Florida's best selling Rise of the Creative Class and was named public reader for the 2009 K-12 Drama/Theatre Standards for the State of Colorado. She has worked as a writer/director for Disney, Anaheim and as a consultant to the Grammy Foundation in Santa Monica. She was named Founding Chair of the Theatre Department of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts and went on to serve as Conservatory Director for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Ms Stauter has won numerous awards, including the San Francisco Ballet's Choose to Move Award, the Leap Award for Excellence in Arts Education and in January 2011 a Founder's Award from the International Arts Schools Network. Among the organizations where she has presented keynotes and workshops are the New World Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Theatre Educators of America, the Ten Chimneys Foundation, The Tennessee Arts Academy, the Vienna Concerthaus, the Small Schools of New Zealand (named Visiting Scholar in Creativity), and the Leonard Bernstein Center for Arts Education, where she continues to consult as a lead teacher/trainer. Susan Stauter presents workshops on public speaking for the U.C. Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute and works as a private coach. In May of 2011 she will once again lead a workshop on the importance of arts and culture for Leadership, San Ramon at Tao House. Susan Stauter is the mother of designer Jeanine Payer.

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Visit From The Little Prince

My son came into the studio today to work on some construction Legos. What a treat!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In Celebration of Birthdays...

My friend turned me onto Drew Droege doing this hilarious impersonation of Chloe Sevigny and I cannot get enough of of it. I love the hat bracelet she is wearing...makes me laugh every time.

I celebrated my 44th birthday yesterday by taking the day off and just doing whatever I wanted...I got some great books on design and wood joinery in Japan town, had a long overdue massage at the Kabuki Springs and ended the day with dinner with my best pals at Mission Chinese Food. My mouth is still on fire. Now it is back to work today and a new year ahead!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My New Nick Name

Maira Kalman asked me if my nick name was Lu Lu Margoni at her book signing last night at the Jewish Museum. I had her autograph it to J.P.

I went with my dear pal, Rae Dunn, to the book signing and opening of Maira's show. One of my favorite books is The Principles of Uncertainty. It isn't just her quirky paintings, drawings, heartstoppingly beautiful needlework and collections of ephemera, but is also the power of her non-linear narrative that leads you down the road of her thoughts on life. I was laughing and crying at certain points as it is that moving. I also was thrilled to see an original M. Kalman last weekend in Paul and Lauren's home--the folks who own Twist.

Anyway, Maira now owns a small Yabba cuff because a little bird left it on her book signing table--Rae left her some of her magical rocks, too. Maira said to Rae, 'The line stops here when gifts arrive!'

I love my new nick name.

Wish you were here,

Lu Lu Margoni

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Layering

My new favorite combo is my 18k Fuentes, Water Diamonds and a tiny heart.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Some Tiny Things

Look at how tiny the detail on this ring is.

and notice how perfect the detail is close up. This is a ring who's secret is in the small detail that can best be seen with a magnifying glass and can only be achieved by the work of a hand. It reminds me of the poetry we engrave in that it is not easy to see and yet we know what is there and what it means to us.

The other ring is by the Italian jewelry house of Buccellati and it is the gift I received after giving birth to my son, William, from his father and I cherish it--not only for what it represents but I also adore how it looks. The detail is dense and from afar the design is subtle. I appreciate the endowed meaning that is inherent in some tiny things.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Good Fortune

My dear friend, Rae Dunn, made small ceramic fortune cookies this year--I wrote scatter joy on some of them with drawings of holiday mice as the fortunes. I wanted to give the team here a hopeful keepsake for the new year. On Friday I walked by Barneys new windows and noticed they are chock full of fortune cookies spelling out Happy New Decade. Good Fortune is in the air.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome Back and Looking Forward

I love the subtlety of the green hand watercolor and the touch of red in the signatures.

Just back in the studio after a week off and in my pile of mail is this amazing New Year's card from Phillip Crangi, the jewelry designer, and his sis Courtney. The holiday greetings this year have been such a breath of fresh air, incredibly original and soulful.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Working From Home

not glamorous...

...makes me feel like Miss Havisham. It is a bit nutty in my dining room/playroom/workroom but it works.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I am always taken aback by the creativity of Federico De Vera, especially at the holidays. This years 'card' came in an unassuming manila envelope. It is a rubber tree leaf with an image pressed into it of a Christmas tree, roman numerals and a tiny 'De Vera'---an example of Federico's unique ability to give us a surprising lens to view his idea of beauty.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Helper

Little Man came to visit before we went to Yerba Buena Gardens and Zeum. We enjoy a labyrinth made of hedges, a carousel from 1906 and a 25 foot slide. The park is a stone's throw away from the studio right in the middle of downtown. The perfect way to decompress after a looong day in my studio working on Valentines Day.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mini Majaraja

Vineet is our computer wizard in India and this is his adorable son. He is at a wedding in this picture. I want his entire outfit.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Zoo and Decorating with Workbenches

Its is Friday and I have already covered serious ground at the zoo this morning. We saw the baby gorilla and the feeding of the grizzlies... but most importantly, William found an awesome puddle to stomp in right in front of the tigers.

I have been tortured about working all the time in my studio and being away from Will so I made an executive decision to put one of our extra workbenches right in the middle of my dining room--not exactly in the middle but in front of the windows. Phew.

A long time ago, I lived in a warehouse and I felt a pressure to work all the time since there was no boundary between 'work' and 'live' in the space. It wore me out, I ended up having a little health break down and I swore to always keep things separate no matter what. Now that I have a family I find myself having to do whatever it takes to structure my work differently, in a totally new way, and it is turning out to be really more difficult and painful being away from him--more than I thought it would be. The challenge is that what I do requires a lot of concentration and very specific tools so it isn't something I can just do on a computer from anywhere. I have to admit that I am having a real love/hate moment with my work.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tiny Faces

These little guys are telling me to get to work! I brought them back from Japan a few years ago and gave them to the folks here in the office. I am sure they will be around forever as no one likes to burn their faces off.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Morning walks with Will

During our walks up the Pemberton Steps, Will and I hone in on tree and pole textures, since they are easy for William to reach out and touch from the carrier on my back. He gets his dad and I up early....

Jeff and Will at 6 a.m.

Pemberton Steps

Al's Garden is around the corner from my house. It is very 'Finster'.