We're still feeling a little hung over from the high-energy buzz of the Philadelphia Collection and FBH Philly Fashion Week. While the real go-getters among us may already be champing at the bit to get their hands on this season's newest iterations of scarves and sweaters, we're not quite ready to bundle up. We're slowing our roll and saying adios to summer with this wave of nature-centric handmade jewelry from the locals.
Sherry Tinsman Trunk Show
Sat., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free
Like many artists, Sherry Tinsman lists nature as one of her biggest inspirations. The influence is clear with the metal flowers (pictured) she creates, but there are subtler echoes of the natural world hiding beneath the surface, too. The soft ripples in the chain of a necklace are like an ocean wave, the rough surface of a pendant reminiscent of tree bark. All this, plus the mesmerizing spiral theme that comes up in several pieces cast in metal, makes for a fine tug-of-war between dainty and rugged. Tinsman's whimsical work gives away her free-bird spirit, too. "I seldom draw my ideas on paper. Instead, I draw with my torch," she says. "In doing so, I give myself the freedom to take the silver beyond its limits and see what happens." James A. Michener Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800, michenermuseum.org.
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 1-2, noon-6 p.m., free
From subtle to undeniable, here's a jewelry designer whose work is typically drenched in natural influences — from plants to wood to bits of shell. Yet her newest line, Screwed Forever, squashes those delicate ideas and opts instead for something harder. Get a peek at Pupinyte's edgier designs during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, and you'll find sleek lines paired with bolts and screws presented as stunning accessories. Gravers Lane Gallery, 8405 Germantown Ave., 215-247-1603, philaopenstudios.com.