Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS: AUTUMN IN HOLLAND AND BELGIUM

2016 marks my tenth year in business, and my 40th year in life. My thirties were absolutely jam-packed full of big life changes and even though it was stressful at times I don't regret a thing!

This was my first studio setup in the front vestibule of our rented house at 467 Sammon Ave

When I turned 30, at the encouragement of a friend, I took a small business course as well as silversmithing classes, and embarked on building a career in an entirely new industry. Truthfully, it was not the first time I did this: mid-way through my BFA at New York University I came to the realization that I did not, in fact want to be a professional actress - I wanted to be a designer. I started taking life drawing classes and kept a sketch book. I wrote down everything I experienced all the time. Even though I knew in my heart that I wanted this change, I stuck it out with the acting career for a full year after I graduated - and even got some decent gigs! It took losing my best friend in a tragic accident and moving to a city entirely unknown to me to reset and get down to the truth about who I am and what I really wanted. I went back to school for graphic design and built a solid ten year career in the newspaper and magazine industry. It's more acceptable to change careers now, after the Great Recession, but at that time it wasn't. I want people to know that if you have a gut feeling about something, follow it. Don't waste any time - life is short and you deserve to be happy! It might not work the way you want it to right away but you have the ability to learn from your mistakes and keep on moving! Don't ever be hard on yourself about wanting to change. Don't let others be hard on you about it either.

Me at one of my first shows - wearing an original adornment

The last five years with the studio, the baby, and the restructuring of Bazant Unique Adornments from brick and mortar shop to e-commerce were definitely the most challenging of all. I recently pulled out a vision board I made in 2008 and realized that over a five year period everything on it came true. So be careful what you wish for lol!

14 months pregnant - interview for the Toronto Star at my Distillery District studio

At the end of this crazy five year period, I took a well-earned journey to Holland and Belgium for my 40th birthday. I went by myself - shocking to some, but not to me. I did my research before I left to ensure my complete safety. I did get a little lost on a few occasions but thanks to the navigation of Google Maps on my phone that never lasted. I barely spoke to anyone or asked for any help. I was a silent observer. Every minute was inspirational. I sucked it all up so it will be a part of me for as long as possible. Below are a few images of this memorable trip. You can view the entire album as a slideshow HERE.



















And we are now!!


To celebrate ten years in business, we are offering 50% of everything online! Shop at www.larabazant.com and enter code 10YEARS to get all our new styles, and some old ones from the vault, at half price.

Monday, April 25, 2016

SPRING 2016 BEACH STUDIO TOUR

Bazant continues to participate in Toronto's original and longest standing artist studio tour. On April 29th through May 1st the COSMOS collection will be revealed alongside acclaimed fine artist Nathalie Vachon at 395 Scarborough Road. We are hosting a wine and cheese on opening night, so be sure to RSVP if you will be joining us Friday. For more details visit www.beachstudiotour.ca.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016: COSMOS

Morse Wraps, Saturn Bangle. Saturn Necklace, Bar Necklace, Dimension Ring and Earring
Orbit Recycled Leather Wraps with Saturn, Shepherd Moons, Nebula, Spiral and Callisto Rings

2016: COSMOS  is inspired entirely by Lara Bazant`s four-year-old son and his deep interest in outer space. Lara's new fascination with the beauty of our universe grows exponentially alongside Max. Each piece is named collaboratively - reminding us to keep exploring and wondering, while remaining connected to the energy and people around us.

The collection includes 90 new pieces and features collaboration with some of Toronto's best talent in indie fashion. Jane Saracino designs outstanding handbags and collects leather scraps from a local interior design firm. This year she further passed her scraps on to Lara, who cut and punched hundreds of leather strips to make her beautiful Orbit Wraps.

Shop the entire collection ONLINE NOW. To view larger images, check out our beautiful 2016 LOOKBOOK HERE.

Infinity Silk Wraps and Hand Forged Sterling Silver Mercury and Diamond Rings, Necklace and Earrings
Orbit Wraps, Star and Sagittarius Charms, Saturn Eatting, Callisto Ring, Spiral Ring, Nebula Ring
Asteroid Necklaces and Bracelets with Hand Forged Hoop Earrings

Monday, January 4, 2016

BIG WINTER SALE: JAN 14 - FEB 14, 2016

http://www.larabazant.com/

Don't miss our annual mega sale where we clear out the old to bring in the new! Beginning January 14 at noon and ending February 14 at midnight (hint hint for Valentine's!) ALL remaining stock will be 50% OFF. Simply use code BWS650 upon checkout. Are you fond of our twinkly vintage crystal jewelry? Or how about the funky tribal beads? Grab these colorful collections before they are discontinued permanently! Happy shopping and Happy New Year to you!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

KAREN FRANZEN HOLIDAY SHOW 2015



THIS WEEKEND: KAREN FRANZEN AND FRIENDS ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW
It's right around the corner! Your very own personalized boutique-style shopping experience. This will be our sixth year alongside celebrated ceramic artist Karen Franzen at her cozy east-end studio. We've got the usual range of fantastic gifts that meet every budget. In addition to our silver artisan jewellery, this year will include handcrafted dolls and bears, totes, purses and wallets, bowls, cups, plates and trivets, knit scarves, gloves and hats - and of course - one of a kind holiday decorations! Bazant Unique Adornments will also be offering gift cards for $25, $50 and $100.

WHERE
3 Wembley Drive
(2 blocks east of Coxwell, north of Gerrard)
WHEN
Friday December 5: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday December 6: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday December 7: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
WHO
Karen Franzen - Ceramics
Lara Bazant - Jewellery,
Jane Saracino - Handbags
Kathleen O'Toole - Dolls and Bears
Beverly Winn - Knit Accesories

Thursday, October 22, 2015

FALL 2015


Fall is here, so inspiration is everywhere. Also, it is my first fall with the fancy new Canon camera. I certainly don't claim to be a professional photographer...but I do intend to use my photography in all future collage work, and thus in the jewellery designs! Here are a few images I snapped recently in the east end of Toronto and Rouge Valley area. It will be interesting to see how they turn up later, both as inspiration and as printed layers in the collage process.


Friday, September 18, 2015

INSPIRED SUMMER 2015


This past summer was the best we've had in years! Three year old Max is tons of fun, and we made the most of the great weather - exploring parks and waterfronts throughout Toronto and Vancouver. The photo above of was taken by my brother Colin Bazant, at White Rock Beach British Columbia, while we were visiting in June. Max had a blast playing with his same-age cousin Jack!


Throughout the summer months I took every opportunity to get outside with my camera. Now that my love of collage is finally integrated with my jewelry designs, I am finding inspiration everywhere! The 1950's architecture of the Bermondsey industrial district behind my studio, and parts of the Toronto beach were of particular interest to me this year.


Then just after labor day weekend my husband took Max out for their first "father son" camping trip. I spent pretty much the entire time collaging! Below is one of the many new collages in progress (11"x15").


And here are some pendant concepts for Spring 2016 that have come from the collage so far:


I am truly enjoying this process, and looking forward to seeing what further inspiration the autumn will bring!