Jewelry makes a great gift (for guys too), not only because you never have to guess (or ask) for a size, but because a lot of people never think to buy something purely decorative for themselves, and a gift can imbue the charm with talisman-like meaning. In the swirl of early fall's Portland Fashion Week festivities, Page Finlay's work was hard to pick out at a distance from the stage at Runaway, layered as it was with the bigger, signature pieces by co-presenter Emily Baker. So I headed down to Finlay's studio in southeast Portland, where she fabricates the varied pieces that make up the Paradox line, a name that seems fitting when you realize the varied array of styles, shapes, and influences that make up her body of work:
Finlay is a transplant to Portland from New York, where she returns several times a year and holds trunk shows for the faithful clientele she earned through her connections as a dancer and teacher in the ballet. In these parts you can look for her work at Seaplane.
Clearly, she is pulling her designs from all over: nature, art nouveau, simple, contrasting, experimental, the rings, cuffs, pendants, and earrings are the work of a magpie for design.
While there's a lot of talk these days about ethic in regards to apparel design, most of the conversation regarding jewelry involves the re-imagining of found pieces and objects. Finlay will use a found object here and there, but fabrication is where her interest lies. Nonetheless, she keeps a close eye on where her metal comes from with the help of Ethical Metalsmiths, a resource dedicated to guiding artisans to responsibly mined metals.
Finlay also does loads of custom work, so contact her if you're interested.
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