We asked – and Dottie Swain selected a second group of “Top 5” scents for the month of July.  Dottie has a lovely sense for smell – she’ll often pick up a perfume we’ve sniffed before and passed by, holding it up to our nose with a “smell this!” and immediately, we reconsider the scent (in some cases, diving towards an obsession.)

Here are the scent descriptions (sampling in person is always advised as every scent “wears” differently) with notes from Dottie:

Lily Lambert S (from SPECTRUM series) roll-on perfume: “Reminiscent of a head shop! (In a good way!)”  A spicy warm and hypnotic scent with a body of opium and blend of amber, blackberries and a hint of patchouli.

Sage Machado Sage: “A light, crisp scent – ideal for summer.”  Crisp, aromatic top notes of cucumber and white sage from New Mexico introduce a single middle note of wild sweet pea. These rest on a base note accord of lush green musk from Kenya and sheer Egyptian musk that is accented with sweet, earthy Tonka bean.

Serge Lutens A la Nuit: “An amazing jasmine.” Egyptian, Indian and Moroccan jasmine, green shoots, cloves, white honey, benzoin and musk.

Annick Goutal Petite Cherie: “Pear and peach deliciousness.” A sweet, daring, irresistible fruity, floral blend of peach, vanilla, musky rose and grass.

Aroma M Geisha Rouge perfume oil: “Spicy like chai.”  Tonka bean, tobacco and vanilla, combined with cinnamon, star of anise, clove, and sandalwood traditional Japanese incense ingredients.

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Eden is proud to feature an array of jewelry made right here in Portland by some seriously talented designers!

Last time, we interviewed Marissa Howard of Seaworthy about her line. We’re very excited to bring you a second interview all about another one of our designers: Jesseca McCloskey, the artist behind Jesseca Anne and Paper Treasure.

We chatted with Jesseca about her inspirations, design process and plans in developing her line.  Pour yourself a cup of tea and get ready to learn all about this wonderful local designer!

Eden: How old do you remember being when you first crafted an item of jewelry?

Jesseca McCloskey: I grew up in a beach community and for several summers friendship bracelets were all the rage. I was around 11 or 12 and my friends and I spent the bulk of our days honing our skills trying to learn the most intricate designs that we could. We’d stack them on our wrists and ankles and wear them all summer long. I still have a few tucked away in a box at my parents house. I was always making my own jewelry, especially throughout high school.

E: Did you receive any guidance or inspiration with jewelry crafting at the very beginning?

JM: With the Paper Treasure line I was initially inspired by a treasure chest I was given that was filled with vintage costume jewelry. The Jesseca Annne line was sparked by Eden’s owner Cindy and the inspiration she shared with me for Eden.

E: Do you recall a moment when you first started to consider jewelry design a calling / career?

JM: I think I’ve had two of those moments… One was the first time I set up a booth to sell my jewelry (Crafty Wonderland 2006) and I was approached to sell my creations at a local boutique (Xtabay shout out!). Since I was just starting out, it was really encouraging. In 2008 I had a few more stores under my belt but it was really still a hobby (an expensive one!). I was at a point where I wasn’t sure if I should scrap the whole thing or try to take it to the next level. On a whim I applied for the Mercury Fashion Show and to my surprise I was chosen as the sole jewelry designer that year. It was exactly the sign I was looking for! Doing that show helped solidify my passion for jewelry design and marked the turning point of when I started to consider this a business and a legit career choice.

E: Are you self-taught or did someone teach you the techniques you know?

JM: I have a degree in the arts but I have never had any formal training as a jeweler. One of my dreams is to attend the Jewelry Academy here so that I can learn some fine jewelry techniques. I’m particularly interested in learning how to cast my own pieces.

E:  What are your goals for developing your business / Do you see Jesseca Anne moving in a specific / certain direction in the next few years?

JM: I have a degree in the arts but I have never had any formal training as a jeweler. One of my dreams is to attend the Jewelry Academy here so that I can learn some fine jewelry techniques. I’m particularly interested in learning how to cast my own pieces.

E: What are your goals for developing your business / Do you see Jesseca Anne moving in a specific / certain direction in the next few years?

JM: Developing my second jewelry line, Jesseca Anne, has been a really exciting step for me and I look forward to seeing where it takes me. I will be launching a second website really soon just for the Jesseca Anne line. The new site features an online shop and I’m so pleased with how it’s coming out, I can’t wait to share it!

E: What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t making jewelry?

JM: If I’m not in my studio I mostly like to go on walks around the city, hang out with friends and rummage through thrift stores.

E: How much do you think “the found object” informs your designs? In designing and fabricating this new line, did you notice yourself diverging at all from your normal process (if there is a “normal” process…)

JM: With the Paper Treasure line my designs are primarily informed by the vintage pieces that I find. With the Jesseca Anne line I’ve taken a different approach… I sketch my designs first and then source materials to fit what I’ve envisioned.

E: What type of jewelry do you find yourself drawn to, both in terms of pieces you would like to wear or own and pieces which inspire your own jewelry design?

JM: I love to layer my jewelry and mix metals. My Paper Treasure pieces are perfect for layering and my favorites are made with romantic Victorian materials. Sometimes I crave a single, sparkly statement piece and the Jesseca Anne collection is perfect for that. I like to think my jewelry is feminine with an edge.

E: Your work features a strong love of vintage.  Is there a particular era of design that really resonates with you / inspires you?

JM: With this new line I’ve been heavily inspired by the Art Deco and Nouveau periods as well as Egyptian revival jewelry.

E: Speak a bit to the variances between Paper Treasure and Jesseca Anne…
In what ways is your Jesseca Anne line different or a departure from Paper Treasure?

JM: The Jesseca Anne pieces are more elaborate, colorful and sparkly. They’re a little more bold and slightly darker.

E: What inspires your designs / puts you in a creative place to be able to make and fabricate jewelry?

JM: I get a lot of inspiration from antique jewelry books and am constantly researching online for imagery to add to my mood board (right now I’m pretty inspired by witchy things). I’ve also been watching the History Channel’s Universe series at night which has had a heavy influence on my color choices.

E: Thanks so much, Jesseca!


Jesseca Anne Jewelry is available for sale at Eden.  You can check out Jesseca McCloskey’s first line, Paper Treasure at Eden’s sister store, Flutter.  She also curates a blog full of inspiring and haunting inspiration imagery – see it here.

Shown above: photos of Jesseca McCloskey, her studio space where she produces her designs and a selection of pieces from her jewelry line, Jesseca Anne.  All photos courtesy of Jesseca McCloskey.

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This Sunday at Eden!  Please join us… the lovely Julie will be hosting.  We’d love to see you.

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Happy first day of summer!  To celebrate the season, Eden is giving away some French perfume… follow our blog to be entered in the drawing to win a vial of Crazylibellule and the Poppies 26 Juin ile d’Yeu solid perfume.

If you already follow our blog, “like” us on Facebook and leave a comment on our post about this giveaway to be entered.  One entry per person.

We’ll draw a winner on the 26th of June… bon chance!

26 Juin ile d’Yeu scent details: orange, vine peach, green plum, May rose, jasmine, muguet, orange blossom, cardamom, black pepper, wood, vanilla and musk.

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You may recall our celebration of moms, grandmothers, sisters and other important women in our lives for Mother’s Day last month… we felt it would be unfair to let Father’s Day pass by without giving a shout out to the dads, grandpas, brothers, husbands and uncles who have had wonderful, positive shaping roles in our lives.  Happy Father’s Day!  Thank you for all you do!

Here are some of the dads and grandfathers of the Eden crew! Photos by row.  All photos properties of those captioned. Top row: Dottie Swain’s grandfather • Meris Brown’s mom and dad on a tandem bike! • Marisa Howard’s dad. Middle Row: Marisa Howard’s grandfather • Cindy Rokoff’s grandfather (and some fishes) • Annie Montgomery’s dad and grandfather.  Bottom row: Marika Emerson’s dad • Dottie Swain’s grandfather • Julie Thompson’s dad.

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