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Art Leather – my latest obsession

March 9th, 2011

I’m in love. This leather jewelry from the gorgeous and talented Andrea Renee Terhaar is my latest lust. I was at the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis this past weekend and fell head over heels with this artist’s leather jewelry. Andrea’s business is Art Leather. She’s local to the Twin Cities, but moving to Belgium soon, lucky girl. So you can buy her fabulous jewelry at her etsy shop, which is on hiatus and should be up and running again in a few weeks. Her Etsy shop ships international so be sure to bookmark it and check back later.

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  1. March 9th, 2011 at 12:01 | #1

    I’ve seen her pieces, and I’m particularly in love with the necklaces she has!

  2. March 9th, 2011 at 12:50 | #3

    Beautiful pieces and a beautiful woman. I think her hair style is so flattering.
    I’ve never seen leather necklaces like these before.
    Thank you for sharing her art with us.

  3. March 10th, 2011 at 08:47 | #4

    Thanks for sharing this, her jewelry is so pretty. I particularly like the bracelet, it looks like an edgy way to inject a pop of colour in to any outfit!

    • March 10th, 2011 at 08:58 | #5

      Karrie, I have one in a deep, deep brown and the red. I also saw a gorgeous deep teal color I was tempted by. She is moving to Europe, so I bet you can buy from her etsy shop in a few weeks.
      K

  4. March 10th, 2011 at 11:36 | #6

    I like the bracelet too. It’s very original.

  5. aaonce
    March 12th, 2011 at 07:08 | #7

    O M G Kristi-this is soooo your aesthetic! Wow. I could picture one of those teal/brown or red bracelets with your gorgeous biege (summer) shirt with the lace overlay on the back…one of those necklaces paired with one of your deep V sweaters (filling in the neckline) or with a tank and a blazer. Soo many possibilities (and all of them perfect on you. So..yeah great choice, and can’t wait to see how you put it together 🙂
    You prob know I love me some leather (in general). Until this, I never saw any leather jewelry I liked before (Oh….except for this, which I seriously want in EVERY color 🙂
    http://usa.hermes.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10202&catalogId=10052&langId=-1&categoryId=143572&leftCategoryId=128521&topCategoryId=127526&parentCategoryId=127565&productId=55664&nbItem=0

    • March 12th, 2011 at 07:18 | #8

      Aaonce, I think so too. I have the chocolate brown and red one. I dreamed of buying a green one last night (weird dream, huh?) But maybe my next one should be a necklace!
      I like those Hermes bracelets, I would especially like a big stack of them on an arm — but that could cost a small fortune, it seems~

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