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Inside the headquarters of Mignon Faget

Inspired Exploration: Visit The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is housed in “one of the most architecturally significant complexes in the South”. Because of this, the building has been and remains an enormous influence for Mignon in many of her pieces, specifically the Romanesque Return collection. The library building, a part of the museum, is the historic Howard Memorial Library, designed by the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

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Mignon based Romanesque Return on the Henry Hobson Richardson library’s architectural elements, particularly the voussoirs, medallions and engaged columns from the fireplace, and carved stone figures of the beast of ignorance and the beast of knowledge carved throughout. The Beast of Ignorance Chained bracelet forms an eloquent commentary on the library’s purpose: to educate the public and abate ignorance.  Mignon notes, “I found myself deconstructing Henry Hobson Richardson’s intricate architectural details and miniaturizing them as jewelry”.

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For more on the Romanesque Return collection, click here.

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Found Objects: Q + A with Doug Gitter

Doug Gitter’s Clementine Hunter ceramics collection is one of our favorites featured in Mignon’s Found Objects. We chatted with Gitter to learn more about the story behind his designs.

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How did you decide to become an artist? Are you formally trained or was it a hobby that transformed into a career?

I have been a passionate collector of self-taught contemporary American Folk Art for over twenty five years. In the 1980’s while others were meeting for drinks during law school discussing famous court rulings I was traveling around the country primarily in the South meeting with several folk artists. Their lives were so interesting to me. Their art spoke to me and moved me. In many cases, they had no idea they had created a piece of art, they were merely expressing a feeling from within, possibly something they remembered from their own childhood. I do not consider myself an artist. I could never compete with Clementine Hunter’s great works. Rather, I am a designer. I took her two dimensional works and developed a three dimensional line of handmade ceramic serving platters and bowls. We added relief to each piece (which forms a textured surface) so that not only would the buyer realize that each piece was hand painted but also to allow perspective purchasers of the work to feel the movement of each piece. Each piece has its own distinct shape. There are 9 styles in all. We plan to add an additional 6 or so pieces by August of 2014. I have no formal training in art. I strictly appreciate great art. Clementine Hunter is considered by many to be the black Grandma Moses. Her original works are the The Smithsonian, The American Folk Art Museum in NYC, The Louvre in Paris, and countless other museums and private collections around the world including Oprah Winfrey and Joan Rivers.

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Found Objects

We are excited to present the newest addition to our website, Found Objects. Found Objects is a highly curated collection of lifestyle objects designed by artists whose work Mignon has grown to highly respect. Of the designs, Mignon says “These pieces work well with me, in my world. I use them daily in my home, my routine. These objects seamlessly blend with my personal style and taste and work well with the essence of me.”

All Found Objects are Mignon’s personal selections, objects that she stumbled upon one way or another. Found Objects have infiltrated into her lifestyle because of their aesthetic or functional qualities. The objects chosen to be a part of Found Objects are all of a similar caliber, quality and beauty as Mignon’s work.

Bangles Support Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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Designer John Humphries created a limited edition Pink Halo Bangle in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 10% of sales from the purchase of this item will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Currently, 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

SPECIAL COMMISSION: Starfish for Soledad O’Brien Foundation

Mignon partnered with renowned journalist Soledad O’Brien on a design for the young women graduates of the Soledad O’Brien + Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation. starfish on ribbon_1_2The foundation provides the help and guidance that a select group of hardworking young women scholars need to succeed.  Mignon’s design is inspired by the starfish story that guides Soledad’s cause:

Countless starfish have washed ashore on a beach and are dying off. A little boy is picking up starfish on the beach and tossing them back into the ocean in hopes they will survive. A man walks by and asks him why he is doing something so futile.

“There are hundreds,” he points out, “What difference will it make?”

The boy then picks up a starfish, throws it into the sea and says, “It will make a difference to that one.”

The sterling silver Starfish Pendant is accented with a deep blue crystal and strung on a silk ribbon.  The design is dedicated to the gifted young ladies who participate in and excel under the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation’s plan.  Mignon Faget donated the necklaces to the foundation.

The Starfish Necklaces were gifted to this year’s graduating class of the scholarship and mentorship program during a New Orleans inspired gala held at Donna Karen’s Stephen Weiss Studios in Greenwich Village. Titled “New Orleans to New York City”, the event featured Creole cuisine and authentic New Orleans jazz. You can follow the foundation on Twitter, @SoledadFdn.

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NEW Ammonites

NEW Ammonites, unique and one of a kind sea fossils.  Mignon’s vault is filled with treasures!  For years, Mignon has held onto these beautiful sea fossils from the island of Madagascar, waiting for the perfect design to come to her.  Available as a pendant, necklace or cuff, the Ammonite designs are rare and refined.

 

A Little Happy Visits Mignon Faget!

Mignon Faget and the Girls from A Little Happy

The team from one of our favorite New Orleans blogs, A Little Happy, stopped by to look around the studio and workshop at our 4300 Magazine St. headquarters.  Mignon showed Dominique, Hattie and Julia a few of her upcoming summer designs and some of her favorite John Humphries pieces.  We had a blast… Thanks for stopping by, girls!

Click here to read and see photos of their tour.

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