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Brand Spotlight: tentree

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Tentree is a clothing brand that is working to revitalize the environment and help inspire a generation to believe that they can help do the same.  Along with planting ten trees for every purchase, tentree also uses sustainable materials in their clothing like: hemp, tencel, organic cotton and recycled polyester.  They make the cork trims from stripping the bark off of cork trees, which actually helps the tree grow and thrive.  As well as producing natural bi-product coconut buttons.

It is practices and missions like tentree’s that makes Waters happy to be able to offer these products to our customers!  Stop in soon to try on our tentree styles.  To learn more about tentree and see more style options click below.

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2016 Jewelry Shows

Jewelry show season is finally upon us!  On July 15th, Helen Wang will be at Waters kicking off the 2016 shows.  We get very excited for this time of year for many reasons.  First being that we love when customers have the chance to meet the artist behind their favorite jewelry.  We also have no idea what type of jewelry these artists are bringing! It always is fresh and innovative designs that are sure to please.

If you have never made it to one of our jewelry shows, here is what to expect. All of the shows happen from noon to 3pm.  The artist comes in and fills a large table with all of their jewelry pieces.  You can shop everything on the table and if you have a special request, you can work directly with the artist to order a piece that is perfect for you.  Can’t make it to the show? Stop by in the following days, we shop the artist’s table so we can carry their latest designs after they leave.

Below is information about each artist that will be here this year.  Click on the picture to learn about them and see more of their work.

 

“Surfaces” a Gallery Hop Recap

Thank you to all who attended the Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop this year!  It was a busy day for us and we were very excited to see all the people supporting Duluth’s local galleries.  In case you were not able to attend- here is a little Gallery Hop recap for you!

Our theme this year was “Surfaces.”  Over the past couple months we have gained a record number of new, talented artists.  The three that I want to highlight are using surfaces for their mediums in three different ways.  First is Shelley Breitzmann who paints traditionally, using acrylic on canvas.  Second is Leah Yellowbird also using acrylic paint and canvas but in a way that completely changes the outcome.  Then, we have Kimberly Erickson who is unconventionally using sheet metal as a surface and painting with ink on top.  Keep reading to see pictures of each of these artists’ work and learn a little more about them!


S U R F A C E S   F E A T U R E D   A R T I S T S

Shelley Breitzmann

Shelley is a painter from Foxboro, Wisconsin.  She is amazing at depicting the beautiful moments of storms through acrylic painting on canvas.  Her moody color choices and soft painting style make it easy to mentally transport into her landscapes.  The isolation of these scenes create introspective moments for the viewer.

Leah Yellowbird

Leah is an Anishinaabe artist out of Grand Rapids, MN.  She uses acrylic paint on canvas with a pointillism technique.  It takes many hours for her to perform this style, and the outcome is like none other.  The shine on the small dots of paint make the canvas look like it has been doused in beads.

Leah takes pride in translating the traditional art forms of her ancestors in a modern way.

Kimberly Erickson

Kimberly is a Chilton, Wisconsin native.  She is not only an artist, but also a graphic and interior designer.  Living in Northern Wisconsin, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and it’s wildlife.  When looking at her pieces you can see that she seamlessly melds her two worlds together- modern design meeting the isolation of living in a rural area.

One of the most amazing aspects of Kim’s work is the way that the sheet metal illuminates behind the ink paint.  The colors look like they are caught in a moment of swirling and mixing together.


H E L E N   W A N G   J E W E L R Y   S H O W

The event that Waters held for the Hop this year was a Helen Wang Jewelry Show.  Helen’s jewelry is truely the art of adornment, offering beautful natural gemstones, sparkling drusy quartz and all paired with mixed metals.   We love having Helen visit us in Duluth first because she is such a sweet and down to earth person and second because she is one of our jewelry artists with the biggest customer followings.  It seems like just about anyone can find a piece that they love by Helen.

We are always thrilled when Helen is able to bring her gorgeous jewels up to Duluth for a trunkshow! One Saturday she had two tables filled with sparkling jewelry.  There were so many bright colors and new styles.  Don’t worry if you missed the show this past weekend.  Helen is working on three separate dates to be back up this summer!

Sending Love from Lake Superior

We made it through January and Valentine’s day is coming up quick! Of course, Waters of Superior has amazing handcrafted jewelry and luxurious bath products that make beautiful presents for loved ones.  But, we also have some fun, Lake Superior inspired gifts that can be sent to anyone as a “thinking of you” Valentine’s treat.  Keep reading to see how you can send some love from Lake Superior this holiday!

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Sweater Weather with Neve Designs

Neve describes themselves as a modern mountain lifestyle company.  They formed in the foothills of Boulder Colorado and have since expanded to Canada.

I love Neve because of their high quality, vibrant colors and bold patterns.  Neve’s products are made mostly of ultra-fine Merino wool from the sheep of Australia.  Neve clothing is an absolute favorite of mine because one -their clothing is made to last, two -their styles are fashionable and flattering, and three -they actually keep you warm, even during Duluth Winters!

 


The first outfit that I want to highlight is the Colby zip-up and Liona skirt.  This zip-up is a lighter weight than some of the other featured sweaters.  The pattern is so eye catching and flattering.  YES! I said it ladies, these horizontal stripes are flattering.  There is something about the width change between the stripes and the colors that make the lines work on the body.  Paired with this top is a micro-houndstooth print mini skirt -perfect for tossing over a pair of leggings.  The Colby zip-up is definitely the statement in this look.  Subtle earrings with bright silver help polish and complete the outfit.  These Yen Chee Onyx earrings are the perfect style and size.

 

 


This dress was an instant favorite when I was unpacking the shipment.  The Jaide dress has a generous shape to it and falls around mid-thigh length.  It is so easy to wear yet it has an expensive look and feel to it.  Neve describes the angora accent at the top as a Nordic touch but I get a Native feel from the color and design.

I paired Josef Rieter’s Seven Sisters ring with the Jaide dress.  Rieter is inspired by nature and his Anishinabe roots making his style perfect for this look.

 

 

 

 

 


The 60s meets the 21st century in this 3/4 zip sweater.  The Jo sweater has a sporty feel to it and is a heavier weight.  The geometric print calls for accessories that will mimic its pattern.  Pico Design creates sleek, modern jewelry with an architectural influence.

 

 


The Vida Jacket is the epitome of being stylish and functional.  It is fitted but still allows for layering beneath.  The lining has a really fun pop of pattern that you get a glimpse of in the collar while it is on.  The moss green with faux leather trim gives this piece a vintage feel.

 These copper and sterling silver earrings, made by Grace Hogan, tie in nicely with the zippers of the coat.

 

 

 

 

 


The Fall season is one of the most exciting times for clothing.  There are so many options for layering and it is still warm enough where you don’t have to hide your outfit under a jacket.  We are getting new clothing in weekly but now is the time to come in a try on some of these gorgeous sweaters.  Along with Neve, we have some great Krimson Klover sweaters as well.  We are open 10am to 7pm everyday with Sales Associates that would love to help you find some new sweaters to add to your Fall and Winter collection!