Tell us about a new accessories collection inspired by the ocean, and we’re likely to start imagining dainty baubles fashioned with some amalgam of shells, freshwater pearls and softly tinkling semi-precious stones that are, we can only suspect, destined for the wrists and necks of delicate people.
But we are often wrong. The latest local designer to surprise us with a nature-inspired collection imbued with unmistakable edge is Sharla Pidd, who named her jewelry line Tidal Ware as a pean of sorts to her recurring nightmares of tidal waves.
Using chains, charms, stones such as drusy and mixed metals from brass to copper and gold, Pidd fashions pieces that manage to incorporate nature without letting it take over (as it is sometimes apt to do in life). We love the heavy, street chic look of the seagull necklace above.
Until Pidd launches her web site, which we hear is coming soon, you’ll have to track the artist down in person for more glimpses of her work. A chance to do just that comes this weekend in the form of a Silent Art Auction at Space Gallery. In addition to Pidd and other participating artists offering up their work to benefit the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the event features local screen-printing collective San Franpsycho (bring a shirt and leave with your own brand new work of art) and DJ Irene Hernandez-Feiks of Chillin’ Productions fame on the turntables.
While her web site is in the works (we hear it will be launched this weekend), email tidalware (at) gmail (dot) com to reach Pidd.
Looking for more upcoming fashion events in San Francisco? Toddle on over to the SF Indie Fashion Calendar….