Solar System necklace in brass, silver and copper; $300. Courtesy of Needles and Pins
Solar System necklace in brass, silver and copper; $300. Courtesy of Needles and Pins

Style

CLT Made: Needles and Pins

By Vanessa Infanzon

Correspondent

May 25, 2017 03:02 PM

What: Silver, brass and copper made into modernist-art-inspired jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and rings. Forms and motifs from famous paintings and the golden age of design inspire one-of-a-kind pieces.

T-Rex necklace in brass; $60.
Courtesy of Needles and Pins

Who: Blaine Hurdle is the founder and owner of Needles and Pins. He grew up in Charlotte working at his father’s jewelry business. “I spent many hours after school with him during the summer in his shop. I was always fascinated by the tools and processes that go into creating jewelry,” Hurdle said. After taking classes in CPCC’s art program, he realized that he wanted to pursue jewelry making. Hurdle has been at Diamonds Direct since 2008. After a few years of making and repairing jewelry, he started designing his own pieces.

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Blaine Hurdle.
Bridgette Aikens

Why it works: “My inspiration comes from my love for music, art history and natural science. I try to make things not traditionally available or seen as jewelry.” Hurdle also puts a lot of thought into how his work is presented. He wants the experience of opening it to be as unusual and interesting as the piece itself.

Brass, silver and aluminum necklaces from the Needles and Pins Society collection; $45-$75.
Courtesy of Needles and Pins

Favorite piece: “If I had to choose a favorite it would be the Solar System necklace. The piece was made for an art exhibition at Goodyear Arts. I was very proud of the detail and functionality of that piece. It clasped around the neck at the front, and the planets from the solar system hung down in a vertical formation about 14 inches long.”

William Eggleston-inspired necklace for SOCO Gallery; $125.
Courtesy of Needles and Pins

Target audience: “To see people of all ages gravitating towards my unusual designs is a surprise and a motivation to trust my own instincts. The pieces are intended for people to wear on any occasion, either layered over a t-shirt with jeans or as a statement piece worn on the Tonight Show (thanks Emily Moore!).”

Find it /locally: Online at www.needlesandpinsjewelry.com; at Goodyear Arts; the bookshop in SOCO Gallery and various popup events; email to needlesandpinsnc@gmail.com.

Find more CLT Made goods by searching the Observer website for that title, or on the “CLT Made” Pinterest page.