Press Release: Simon Alcantara was invited to participate in the Senior Jewelry Critique at Pratt Institute
Simon Alcantara was invited to participate in the Senior Jewelry Critique at Pratt Institute on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The students spent the summer researching, developing and selecting a thesis concept, and the fall semester was spent problem solving and executing these ideas.
Jewelry Artist Simon Alcantara along with Jonathan Wahl: Artist and Director of the 92 St Y and Jewelry Artist Timothy McMahon were teamed up with faculty members Prof. Anthony Tammaro, Prof. Katrin Zimmermann and Prof. Karen Bachmann, with the support of Prof. Patricia Madeja - Jewelry Coordinator and Alexia Cohen - Jewelry Technician.
The invited guests roles were to evaluate the current direction the work is taking and provide thoughtful criticism that would help guide the students into the next stage of development. They addressed interpretation of theme, design, execution, craftsmanship, and suggestions for future directions the work could take.
The students are at a critical place in the development of their thesis work and will soon be breaking for the holidays to process the panels’ comments and work through the challenges of moving the collection forward.
The Senior Jewelry students are: Anna Koplick , Jinsol No, Jina Seo, Casey Sobel, Andie Xu and Shuk Yee Poon
The Senior Jewelry Thesis show opens on the Pratt Brooklyn campus Monday, April 6, 2015 from 5-8pm.
The Pratt Design show at the Manhattan Center: professional reception Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 5-9pm.
Dear friends, I trust you are well. My apologies in advance for the longer than usual letter but this message is most important and I hope that you will take the time to read it. A few hours before I was scheduled to leave to China for a press event at Strasburgo in Beijing and Shanghai that had been in preparation for months, I received the sad news that Oscar de la Renta had passed away. The sadness was deepened by the realization that I would not be able to be in New York for the funeral. It is my belief that when someone passes they return to pure, positive light but it is still sad for those left behind.
I am so honored and grateful that I knew Oscar and had the opportunity to collaborate with him at his own label and at Balmain Haute Couture. The experience was priceless. I learned so much that I will always carry with me and it all informs my work and my life. Perhaps even more important I learned from him that one should always be a gentleman, kind and acknowledge everyone as a fellow human being. As a boy and as a man I looked up to him, he was and always will be our Dominican Treasure. He shared his light with the world and we all carry a bit of that light within us. As I read all the comments about Oscar from our industry my sadness began to subside and my heart filled with joy at the realization that he was so loved and admired by everyone who encountered him. What a beautiful legacy.
Ironically another collaboration that had been in the works for a year was scheduled to launch the day after he passed- An exhibition of my limited edition- archival reissued belts that were first shown on Oscar’s Fall 2000 runway. They were to be exhibited and sold on the wonderful new site Dara Artisans. Anyone that knows me well knows that I only work with people that I respect and trust. The team at Dara confirmed their values by deciding to postpone the launch out of respect for Oscar’s passing. The exhibition is now live. Please see below this letter for the links and information.
When I was accepted into the CFDA 10 years ago I received the call that I was new member, soon after I received call from one of my brothers informing me that our dad had passed away. This was a similar experience exactly ten years later as wonderful events are developing in my life I received the sad news of another prominent male figure in my life passing.
And so we move forward, we celebrate those we have lost and we carry a bit of their light within us. Live, love and spread joy…
Please take some time to explore the news below about Dara Artisans, the art show SOFA in Chicago, Creative Collective Col-LAB Project 7 and some images from the press event in China.
Simon Alcantara Odyssey and Helios Luminis Collections 2014 trunk shows at Strasburgo in China and Japan
Thank you Jennifer Heebner of JCK! We appreciate the support. Cheers. SA
Creative Collective Col-LAB Project #6 | Polaris | Photography by Henry Lopez, Styled by Mengly Hernandez, Jewelry by Simon Alcantara
New Odyssey Collection by Simon Alcantara: Campaign and Project #5 Produced by Creative Collective Col-LAB
Creative Collective Col-LAB Project #4 LoneStar Photography by Anna Lee Campbell, Styled by Mengly Hernandez
Photographer: Anna Lee Campbell, Model: Alexis B. - Whilemina, Stylist: Mengly Hernandez, Makeup and Hair: Angelica Moreno, Design Direction and words: Simon Alcantara, Post production: Anna Lee Campbell and Maxmillion Rosario.
Mengly Hernandez decked out in Simon Alcantara's south sea mother of pearl, black coral, rose quartz and 14kt gold necklace at the post CFDA Awards 2014 celebrations.
One of the most touching and memorable CFDA Awards in years. Congrats to all the winners.
Playing with Our Food Series 1 - Photography by Anna Lee Campbell Cooking and Styling by Talya Cousins
Project 3 Creative Collective Collab
They met years ago on a W Jewelry shoot.
Anna was lighting the set, Talya was styling. Diamonds were most likely involved...
The two became friends and continue to collaborate today (often alternating between spices and gems).
It’s a chilly Friday morning at the union square farmer’s market.
We’re looking for a few items to inspire our lunch.
Japanese eggplant, yellow squash, Radishes, Micro greens, mini sweet Tomatillos Lavender, Sesame Oil.. The dill looks remarkable today.