MACRAME collection by Elisha Francis

‘Recycling just got Sexy’

Yes recycling is sexy and no I’m not crazy lol! Let me explain, over the last few months I  have been working on a new collection and I have finally launched it online so obviously I wanted to share the news with you guys. It is called MACRAMÉ and it is a collection of large scale body jewellery hand woven by yours truly using the ancient macramé technique.  I am so excited about this range because it fused two of my great passions; textiles and statement body adornment. For the past few years I have been a lot more conscious about how I am living in terms of my health and lifestyle so introducing this ethos into my jewellery business has been a natural progression and a way for me in inject my core values into my business.  The main material that I have used for the collection is a type of yarn made from recycled cotton. It is produced from salvage remnants from the fashion industry and is so fun to work with and comes in a range of beautiful colours.

 

After practicing the macramé technique for some time and experimenting with different patterns I finally came up with a variations of styles that complement and accentuate the female form. The collection includes two styles of large scale body pieces in neutral shades with hints of soft pink and citrus yellow making an appearance within the range. Large scale friendship bracelets, bangles and chokers complete the collection by offering an everyday statement piece in the same recycled cotton and rope.  I made a short YouTube video talking about all the pieces in the collection which you can watch below:

The question that I’ve been getting asked the most is; ‘How do you wear them?’ so I thought it would be useful if I listed my top three ways below:

  1. Wear over your swimwear at the beach or pool party
  2. Add it to a pair or shorts and crop top for a festival vibe
  3. Apply over your existing outfit i.e LBD to elevate the outfit entirely

My favourite everyday piece is the EIDI choker which I am wearing in my YouTube video, I love it because not only can you wear it as a choker but you can also wear it as a hairband or even double it up as a bracelet so you get a few options with this piece. I also love the DEKA rope bangles which come in a choice of three colours and look amazing all stacked up together.

DEKA ROPE BANGLES

The whole collection has been so much fun to create and I look forward to seeing them worn on beaches around the world, dancing at summer festivals and turning heads at a few soirees this year. So guys this is my new collection I hope you like it and before I sign off here are a few images of the pieces:

AZIZA | Macramé Body Jewellery

friendship bracelets

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelets

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelet

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelet

MADU | Macramé Bangles

MADU | Macramé Bangles

KENDI | MACRAMÉ BODY JEWELLERY

KENDI | Macramé Body Jewellery

 

Discover the full collection on my website and I would to hear which piece is your favourite so please let me know by leaving a comment below

Elisha x

 

 

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NOISE | Photoshoot with artist Àsìkò

I was strolling through Instagram one evening (as you do) and I saw a casting call from visual artist and photographer Àsìkò. I had been following him on the gram for a while and loved his work and artistic expression.  The post was a casting call for models for a test shoot he was planning the following weekend.  Feeling brave in the moment I sent him a DM briefly introducing myself and how I would love to style the shoot if he was interested.  To my delight he said yes and the collaboration was underway.  The following Saturday I set off to a studio in North London armed with a suitcase full of jewels and body pieces, excited to meet Àsìkò and his team.  As soon as I arrived I was met with a warm and friendly welcome and I knew instantly that it was going to be an amazing day.  I was the first one to arrive so we had a chance to get to know each other before the models, make-up artist and assistant arrived.  Already impressed by his images on his website, the more I spoke to Àsìkò the more I could feel and understand his passion for his work. As the rest of the team arrived one by one I could feel the atmosphere buzzing with excitement for the day ahead.

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First up in front of the camera was Rebecca Nemeré a beautiful and confident London based model, the moment I saw her I instantly wanted to accentuate her striking high cheekbones so I decided to style her with my STATEMENT headpiece which framed her face and I could see a Bomani Woman come to life in front of my eyes.  Next up was the gorgeous Aaliyah with her abundance of beautiful black hair, she was very sweet and softly spoken but as soon as she stepped in from of the camera she took on her IG persona (@god.herself) and we all saw the goddess come to life.  I really loved the abstract tribal make up that make-up artist Zahra Ramees used for this look. I styled  her in my new ODARA macramé body piece and silver VICTORY earrings.

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The beautiful and talented hair and make-up artist Zahra Ramees was next up for her portrait with Àsìkò and came up with the ingenuous idea to use my BEJEWELLED mask under her head scarf and blew smoke through it for maximum drama.

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As we waited for the next model to get ready Àsìkò pulled me in front of the camera for my portrait and how could I say no (lol).  Not dressed for the occasion but luckily wearing my silver VICTORY earrings, I too had my 5 minutes in front of the camera.

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The last model of the day was life coach Nehanda who was 8 months pregnant at the time and was radiantly glowing with that breathtaking glow that only pregnant women are blessed with. Her positive energy, body confidence and feminine beauty was a true joy to watch. I loved how my ZAKIYA macramé body piece cascaded over her womanly curves and highlighted the versatility of the design, displaying the mothering side of a true Bomani Woman.

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The photoshoot was a great success and I really enjoyed working with such an amazing and talented team, it is so magical when a group of strangers come together and create some – NOISE.

View the full album via my Facebook  page

 

.::: Noise :::.
Photographer: Àsìkò
Photographers assistant: Alero Buttercup
Make-up Artist: Zahra Ramees
Models: Rebbecca Nemeré, Aaliyah, Zahra Ramees,
Elisha Francis and Nehanda Soul
Styling/Jewellery: Elisha Francis

 

 

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The birth of a Bomani Woman

My love of jewellery design is an escape into my own wonderful world. I become lost in the research, sketching, sampling, creating and learning new skills and developing my own design language. I have always been a great believer in loving what you do and doing what you love.  I love creating, I love designing and I love sharing this with you. My  jewellery is my creative voice, my metaphoric armour, my journey and my discovery.

The Bomani collection was created during my final year of university where I studied jewellery design at Sir John Cass (LMU). This was the birth of my Bomani Tribe, it was created to represent strength, courage, and to evoke the warrior in us all. The word Bomani means warrior or solider and is an African/Egyptian boys name. I took the name and repurposed it for my designs and myself. I wanted to create jewellery and body adornment for the modern day warrior, male and female. Coming together to celebrate our differences, standing alone and feeling empowered and making a conscious decision to walk the path we choose.

Working in both metal and textiles allows me to communicate a narrative through my work; these contrasting materials represent the idea that we can be hard and soft, simple and intricate, strong and fragile. Sometimes it is hard to express ourselves with words, but what we choose to adorn ourselves with can reflect that still small voice within trying to be set free.

I am a Bomani Woman, welcome to my tribe…

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Girl with a Silver Septum

Say hello to my beautiful cousin Eloise, my second stunning model from my BOMANI WOMAN™ photo shoot with my dear friend Simon Richardson.  Inspired by the painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer I wanted to put my own twist on it and create ‘Girl with the Silver Septum’. As this was the first  photo shoot from the aspiring actress I must say I was very impressed with her poise, confidence and the results, well you can see for yourself…

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elisha francis, jewellery, photo shoot

elisha francis, photo shoot, jewellery

elisha francis, septum, jewellery, photoshoot

elisha francis, jewellery, septum, photoshoot

Credits:
Photography: Simon Richardson
Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Model: Eloise
Styling: Elisha Francis

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AYLA: BOMANI GODDESS

Recently I had the pleasure of shooting with my dear friend Simon Richardson, and the striking model Ayla.  Here are some of the stunning images that we captured of Ayla wearing my Rose Gold Victory earrings:

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elisha francis, model, earrings, jewellery

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Credits

Photographer: Simon Richardson
Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Model: Ayla Sky
Hair/MUA/Stylist: Elisha Francis

 

 

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BOMANI Rings

 

I am so excited to finally introduce a new series of four contemporary rings that I’ve been working on for the lat few months, inspired by tribal artefacts and designed with a minimalist aesthetic, these little gems are the newest pieces to join the BOMANI Tribe™.

 

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YERO | Warrior Ring | Sterling Silver

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MAHA | Eye Ring | Sterling Silver

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JOMO | Spear Ring | Sterling Silver

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KITA | Face Ring | Sterling Silver

 

The collection can be found online and will be available in gold, silver and rose gold with prices starting from £75.

Join our tribe: @elishafrancis #BomaniTribe

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Photoshoot with Simon Richardson

Hello guys, sorry its been such a long time since my last blog post, I have recently had a beautiful baby girl and she has stolen my heart, my time and all my attention for the last few months.

But at long last I am back with some exciting new jewellery and exciting projects that i’ll be working on for the next few months.  So a couple of weeks ago I dipped my toe back in the pond when I  hooked up with my long time friend and talented photographer Simon Richardson.

We planned a shoot to produce some new visuals for Bomani Woman look book and I have to say they are PHENOMENAL!

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I had the pleasure of meeting model Ayla who is a good friend of Simon’s, I saw previous images of her in his portfolio I had to ask her to collab with us on this shoot, her bone structure is ridiculously striking and she killed it on set.  She encompassed the strength and sensuality of a true Bomani Woman and Simon captured everything with every click of his camera.

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The second model is my cousin Eloise a fresh faced beauty studying performing arts and this was her debut in the modelling world, and I have to say she really impressed us and I have no doubt that she will make a great name for herself within the industry.

elisha francis, simon richardson, model, jewellery designer, tribal

So with all the great energy on set I had to join in the fun since I have been working hard in my ‘Buggyfit’ classes to get my body back into shape after my baby and could not resist an opportunity to get in front of the camera with Simon and Ayla.

elisha francis, modelling, jewellery designer, photoshoot, btw

elisha francis, jewellery, designer, photoshoot,

So I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the behind the scenes images from my shoot, please leave me a comment below as I would love to hear what you think and the professional images by Simon Richardson will follow very soon.

 

 

7 Beautiful Gift Wrapping Ideas

As Christmas day is fast approaching I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my gift wrapping technique with you. As we all know a beautifully wrapped gift adds a sense of excitement to the unveiling of the gorgeous gems inside. For this project I have chosen a sumptuous colour pallet of black, gold, light brown, copper and white in different textures and materials to create 7 ways to wrap the perfect present.

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1.  Gold foil and custom printed ribbon

Gold is the most luxurious colour you can get especially at this time of year, so for my first gift box I used metallic foil sheet and black satin custom printed ribbon to create this simple yet effective style. The glimmering gold foil will catch the light beautifully under the Christmas tree and the custom ribbon adds a sophisticated touch. Even though my ribbon is branded with my company logo there is no reason why you couldn’t print a special message or Christmas  text to add a personal touch to your gifts.  Printed Ribbon is a good company to order your own custom ribbon as they have a range of vibrant colours and several ribbon width to choose from.   I bought my gold foil paper from my local stationery shop but you should be able to find something  similar at your local craft store.

elisha francis, gift wrapping

2. White kraft paper with white feathers and rose gold decorations

To create this pretty little parcel I wrapped my box with the white kraft paper and then made a cute little bouquet using a few white feathers and copper ball decorations, these are attached to a wire stem making them easy to manipulate.  I secured them all together using white string and used double-sided tape to secure the bouquet to the gift box.

3. Gold foil and black bow

Using the same gold foil paper I added an elegant bow using thin sparkly black ribbon, you can’t go wrong with this style and you can simply repeat this method using complimenting wrapping paper and ribbon to match your chosen colour scheme and you will have a gorgeous array of perfectly wrapped gifts.

elisha francis, gift boxes

4. Brown kraft paper and copper satin ribbon

Inspired by a pair of ballet shoes this style is a great way to package your presents on a budget. Using cheap parcel paper which I picked up from my local Post Office for £1.99 for 3 meters, it is an affordable way to wrap lots of gifts. I then taped the end of the ribbon to the back of the box and wrapped my copper ribbon around three times to create this criss-cross effect.

5. Black kraft and lace

I always have odd bits of trimmings in my haberdashery box so for this design I used the black kraft paper as a base and cut a small length of lace trim and wrapped it around the box to create a delicate contrasting finish, it is a great way of making your gifts look unique and using up odds and ends at the same time.

gift wrapping ideas, elisha francis

6. Black kraft paper, copper and black glitter ribbon

Starting with the black kraft paper as a base, I layered up copper ribbon with a thinner black glitter ribbon to create this streamline design, it is a great alternative to a bow especially if your wrapping a gift for a guy and you still want that beautiful finish without it looking too feminine.

7. White kraft paper and copper satin ribbon

This final style is exactly the same method as number 3 except I have finished off the ends of the ribbon bow with a double pointed edge which is created by filing the end of the ribbon in half and snipping the corners diagonally. This simple technique gives your bow that extra je ne sais quoi which I adore.

I hope this has inspired you to get creative with your gift wrapping this Christmas and if you decide to try some of these techniques please tag @elishafrancis  in your pics on instagram or Elisha Francis Jewellery on Facebook so we can see your creations!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

Elisha x

 

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BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Our BLACK FRIDAY SALE starts today with up to 50% off selected jewellery

 

Shop our septum rings, bracelets and necklaces this weekend and take advantage of our Black Friday discounts!

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Skull Bracelets | Was £10 Now £7.50

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Custom Name Bracelets | Was £49 Now£39.20

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Gold & Silver Septums Rings Now from £23.20

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Tiger Eye Knotted Necklace | Was £50 Now £25

Happy Shopping and tag us in your jewellery pics so we can see how fierce you look! @elishafrancis 

Elisha x

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Septum Rings for Afropunk London

This Saturday the 24th of September AFROPUNK makes it debut in London town at Alexandra Palace, the line up for the festival include SZA, Akala, the Noisettes, Laura Mvula as well as the legendary Grace Jones. Yesterday we were honoured and excited to be mentioned in a TimeOut article by Matilda Egere-Cooper ‘How to slay at Afropunk this weekend‘.

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The Afropunk movement was inspired by a documentary written and directed by James Spooner in 2003 which highlighted Black Punks in America, two years later in 2005 the first Afropunk festival was held in Brooklyn and has become an annual event.  This year the festival has already hit Europe via Paris and London is next to experience the live music, good vibes and eclectic fashion styles.

The style is afrocentric meets modern punk and everything weird and wonderful in-between, one of my favourite signature looks is the tribal face paint rocked by many fashionista’s at these events think FKA Twigs and you’ll be on the right track.

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I also love the look of all the glorious natural fro’s, dreadlocks and braids that are celebrated in the most beautifully and elaborate styles, check out one of my new favourite style icons Ladene Clark who’s deadlocks and fashion sense eclipse the essence of the festival.

ladene clark

And of course you cannot complete the look without a septum ring, real or fake we want to hook you up with a special 25% online discount off our range using promo code ‘AFROPUNK‘ so you too can SLAY this weekend!

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Kalifa (real version) £29 | Malika (fake version) £15 ~ Shop now

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Sadiki (real version) £29 ~ Shop Now

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Bibi (real version) £49 | Ashanti (fake version) £15 ~ Shop Now

And if you are in London town you can also shop our range of septum rings via Parla who are located at Unit 21, Boxpark, Shoreditch, London, E1 6GY

So if you’re lucky enough to attend this weekend I hope that you look absolutely fierce and have the time of your life!

 

Shop our full range of septum rings: www.elishafrancis.com 

Read the full article by Matilda Egere-Cooper for TimeOut magazine

Visit Afropunk website for full details on the event