Circle and Square: What made you decide to become an artist?
Matt Swope: Nothing. There was never any decision. It was completely intuitive, instinctual… there was no form of conscious or intellectual reasoning behind the fact, it just happened.
CS: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work
MS: My work is very eclectic. I love purity and simplicity, materials like wood, bone, and stone, but I also appreciate kitsch and psychedelia, and so too enjoy using things like plastics, neon colors, and rubber cord. These two aesthetic poles are always explored in what I make.
CS: Which products are you most proud of?
I recently made a shopper style tote bag from collaged pieces of leather and antique Indian textile. It took several days of labor to compete. I had never made this model of bag before, so I didn’t really know where it was going while I made it, but in the end I was pleased with the results.
CS: Your idea of perfection?
MS: A pure piece of rock crystal.
CS: What puts you in a creative mood?
MS: I am extremely prolific, so I am always in a creative mood, constantly. I have so many ideas of have to write them down or I will forget them. If I am not making jewelry I will make a wall hanging, or paint a tee shirt or make a basket. I also write.
CS: What is something about you that nobody would guess?
MS: Well, going by appearances, perhaps that I went to an Ivy league school and graduated near the top of my class?
CS: Favorite indulgence?
MS: Hot baths.
CS: Your most annoying habit
MS: Too quick to assess and to judge (others).
CS: How would you like to be remembered?
MS: For my work.
Blush is everywhere this season! The soft hue is almost a neutral. It looks great paired with burgundy or chocolate. Blush accessories also work well toning down an edgier look: wrap a light pink scarf over a motorcycle look for an unexpected twist. How will you wear blush this season?
It is no surpise that the grandaughter of Grace Kelly, Charlotte Cairaghi of Monaco is impeccably dressed. We love the classic feel of her equestrian style as well as her more feminine party outfits. Which look is your favorite?
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Why we love it: Large enough for most e-readers and an iPad Mini, its construction from hair-on brindle cowhide means the Lynn will grow more supple over time and retain its quality craftsmanship, ensuring it as a lifetime classic.
Wear it with: Tuck it inside any of our handbags.
Fall 2014 handbags are all about metal embellishments. Chain straps, a classic detail, can be seen on handbags large and small this season. Which handbag is your favorite?
1. Bamboo Tastemaker II, BowensBergeron $995
2. Athena Oversized Clutch with Chain, Annie Handbags $350
3. Tribeca Clutch Cranberry Waxed Python, Von Holzhausen $1150
4. Sealth, Amanda Pearl $450
5. FW Genuine Alligator Satchel-Plum, Anne Sylvain $1,350
6. Rockstar Fur, Gunas $375
7. Black/Gold Rimini Python Clutch/Shoulder Bag, Johanna Konanz $810
8. Vegan Clutch, Elizabeth Krieger $210
9. Sweetheart Camel Purse, Gunas $199
10. Neon Basket Wave, Gunas $199
11. Emily, Gunas $249
12. Zebra/Blue Rimini Python Clutch/Shoulder Bag, Johanna Konanz $810
13. Celestia, Amanda Pearl $695
14. Neon Cross Body Black Purse, Gunas $225
15. Wallace, Amanda Pearl $445
16. Rockstar Black-Gold Handbag, Gunas $299
17. Butterscotch Modena Croc Convertible Clutch, Johanna Konanz $810
18. Rockstar White-Gold Handbag, Gunas $325