The Materials Culture Blog

A new technique for TMDCo. - Cyanotype Printing

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A new technique for TMDCo. - Cyanotype Printing

Cyanotype printing is a centuries old printing technique that uses the sun and reactive chemicals to achieve gorgeous blue prints. (Fun Fact: That's the origin of the "blueprint" used by interior designers and architects!) When I found out you could just as easily use the cyanotype technique on fabric as you could paper, I was eager to try. The technique is most commonly used with natural items like leaves and flowers, but I decided to experiment with my own illustrations drawn in sharpie on clear plastic. This allowed me to create a repeatable pattern I could use over and over....

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Founder Interview: Arielle Speaks with United Women in Business

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Founder Interview: Arielle Speaks with United Women in Business

Please tell us a little about your company:  The Materials Design Co. (TMDCo.) creates unique, materials inspired jewelry and accessories. Our philosophy is to follow the lead of the materials- their colors, textures, and tactility- to create jewelry that feels really good to wear. Our mission is to bring good energy, positivity, and joy to the lives of our customers by delivering accessories created in that spirit. All of our pieces are handmade in small batches in the USA.  How did you get started? I actually started with canvas bags that I designed and had made in a small sewing...

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Beautiful + Practical: 3 Tips for Jewelry Storage

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Beautiful + Practical: 3 Tips for Jewelry Storage

I recently worked with Sharona of The Organizer Bunny to clear up and organize my jewelry making space. It was such a cleansing, wonderful experience. Have you ever worked with a professional organizer? It was my first time, and it was worth every penny. I asked Sharona if we could collaborate on a post to share some of her expertise with you. What could we all use a little help with? Why, organizing our TMDCo. jewelry of course! Read through for her top 3 jewelry organization tips:   1) Edit, edit, edit!  Your jewelry can only shine if you weed down your collection...

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Materials Feature: Recycled Glass Beads

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Materials Feature: Recycled Glass Beads

African cultures have historically utilized recyclables and other second use items to create ornamental and decorative elements. These beads are part of an incredibly long history of recycled bead crafting.

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Send earrings to your friends for free. #sharejoy

Send earrings to your friends for free. #sharejoy

Here's how it works.
When you make a purchase (any item, any amount) on the TMDCo. site before July 12, I will send a pair of Recycled Glass Studs to the recipient of your choice.

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