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Knocking On Wood

Sunday, April 13, 2014    

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SO spots an exquisite necklace, made of wood to boot, at Expo Jamaica 2014. It's created by the young, vivacious Lacey-Ann Bartley of Bartley's All In Wood. There's reason to learn more...lots more.

My fascination with wood commenced... from as far back as I can remember. I grew up in my father's woodwork shop, where furniture 'off cuts', sawdust and tools were my toys. I spent all my free time with my dad and his staff learning the trade. Plus, I really love the smell of sawdust.

I design with it because... it is the window to my soul, baring things that words can't, expressing emotions only wood can, shaped by love gained and lost, indented by strength and finished with resilience and faith.

Wood is elegant and refined; its natural hue and grains add a regal touch to any ensemble. It is both exotic and classy all at once and of course, eye- catching.

The designs speak to individuals who are... confident, creative and conscious. For those who dare to be different are not afraid to stand out and crave that unique look through one of a kind pieces.

Feedback from EXPO Jamaica 2014 has been... Phenomenal! I have received promising leads and, as such, am upbeat. Kudos to National Bakery through its Bold Ones initiative for making it possible!

The journey thus far has been... challenging and memorable. There have been many hills and valleys, but what's life without a challenge? It certainly makes for a great story.

One of my very high points is having Richard Branson and Novia McDonald- Whyte give me the nod of approval by buying one of my 'Serial Necklaces'.

My next steps are... increasing the number of outlets for my pieces locally and exporting to North America and Europe.

I'd love to see my work... on the catwalks of Europe and in renowned art galleries. I have my eye on London Fashion Week, too.

In the short term, I would love to showcase at Caribbean Fashion Week and be featured in local Caribbean fashion magazines and blogs.

What kinds of wood are you drawn to? I am drawn to hardwoods with a detailed grain. I am drawn to Blue Mahoe due to its rich hues of blues and green and its Jamaican symbolism by virtue of being Jamaica's National Tree. I am also a fan of the oaks found here in Jamaica: water oak and silky oak, they are very beautiful with cream and white grains in the shapes of water drops and silk. It's positively magical.

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