3rd Annual Fiat Lux Design Competition

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— What seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time?

These words, Shakespeare’s unmistakeable and beautiful metaphor for memory, remembrance, the central, lead-footed theme of this, our 3rd Annual Fiat Lux Designer Competition. Last year’s was knives (hat tip to Mr. Potash for the win), the year before black diamonds won by the effervescent makers at Digby & Iona, but this year it’s anybody’s game. The submissions are in and the candles are lit – this year’s competition is here and we are ready!

Don’t forget! From the 2nd to the 12th of February you’ll vote for your favorite object and that vote gives you one free raffle ticket towards winning one of the baddies from this year’s Competition. That’s right, one lucky someone gets to take home the winning object! Want to increase your chances? Buy a little something for yourself and get up to FOUR raffle tickets!

Purchase anything from our site or in-shop from now till February 12th and if it’s

• $50 to $149 you score yourself one extra raffle ticket;
• $150 to $399 for two extra tickets;
• $400 + for three extra tickets.

If you’re in the Bay – you won’t want to miss our big ass, bad ass party at The Office (above Churchill, 194 Church St.) on Friday, Feb. 12 from 7pm to late. Stay tuned & be on the lookout for this year’s tag #tothedeath2016.

Shop News: My Bloody Valentine Knife Party!

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This is it folks. The big reveal. It is actually happening. Knives are being sharpened. Drinks are being poured.

On Friday the Thirteenth, our My Bloody Valentine Knife Party kicks off. Come out to see all the knives and meet the designers from our Second Annual Maker’s Competition; Daisy San Luis, Digby & Iona, Elizabeth Street Jewelry, Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Mother of Gideon, Nick Potash, & us!

Join us at The Office (above Churchill, 194 Church St.) from 7PM till late this Friday, February 13th. There will be drinks, music by The Ferocious Few, and the coolest, creepiest handmade knives in town. Get your best all-black-everything outfit ready and come see how Fiat Lux does Valentine’s Day. (Spoiler Alert: It’s gonna be weird.)

Don’t forget, YOU get to pick the winner! Voting takes place here on the blog this Wednesday, February 11th through Friday, February 13th. Click here to see each knife up close and personal. You vote automatically enters you into a raffle to take home the winning knife! Want more raffle tickets? See the post below to find out how.

In Rotation: Blues Pills

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Check is out you guys – loving this tune at the moment! Blues Pills feels so entrenched in Americana, but in reality they are band made of individuals from throughout Europe. Who new Swedes could sing the blues so well?

Doesn’t it just make your heart melt?

- Anna

Luminaries: Death (or Didi, for short)

 

sp88d5It seems strange to say that Death is one of my favorite fictional characters. Born out of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series, she is the literal personification of death. She’s a smart girl with wicked style, who consistently reminds those she encounters that we only get one shot at this thing, so you might as well make the most of it. Her levity and simple wisdom brings a lightness to her otherwise austere and sometimes misunderstood existence. She serves as my reminder to chill the hell out and that wearing black lipstick will always make you look way more badass.

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Luminaries: Maud Wagner

Maud Wagner is widely known as the first female tattoo artist in the United States. A circus performer in the early 1900s, it is said she traded a date with her future husband in exchange for him teaching her how to tattoo. Maud and her husband traveled both as “attractions” and as a tattoo artists, bringing the practice to areas of US where it had previously been much less common. They even taught their daughter to tattoo at the age of 9 (please don’t try this at home!) and continued to tattoo together throughout their lives.

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Left: Maud Wagner | Right: Maud’s Daughter, Lovetta Wagner

2012 was the first year in which there were more women than men tattooed in the US. Tattooing is without a doubt a feminist act, it is a physical representation of taking control of one’s body. “Tattoos appeal to contemporary women both as emblems of empowerment in an era of feminist gains and as badges of self-determination,” writes Margot Mifflin, author of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo.

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Luminaries: Hinke Schreuders

Starting with fashion illustrations from the 1950s, artist Hinke Schreduers embroiders atop each one, creating a dream-like veil over the image. Her work is beautiful and sometimes unsettling, as the stitching forms a wall between the subject and the viewer.

Of these pieces, Schreuders has said she is trying to “subtly confuse notions of feminine vulnerability and reinforce the position of embroidery as an artistic medium.”

Works on Paper 30, 35, & 34 via Hinke Schreuders

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Luminaries: Lauren Napolitano

Lauren’s work is about obsession. Hands as the window to the soul, decorating everything around you, chairs, skulls, railroad ties, skin. Honor, history, womanhood. Makers. Let her convince you that it’s worth believing in again.

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In our latest lookbook, her work evaluates the power of the pieces and highlights the strength that can be found in femininity.

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Check out more of Lauren’s work on her tumblr and keep tabs on her shows around the Bay Area. Special thanks also to Aubrie Pick (photographer), Heather Michaels (model), Amber Jahn (hair stylist), and Sheila Brogle (make-up artist) who helped make this lookbook such success.