You don't need a reason to buy the jewelry for sale at Blue Mambo Salon this weekend. Not a single one. Each piece of beaded jewelry is handmade in the traditional South African style to create dazzling strands of beads, regal collars, and colorful rings, keychains, and other accessories. They are one-of-a-kind statement pieces that don't resemble anything else in your jewelry box.
360 Degrees Vanishing Pop-Up Shop
Feb. 21, 1-4 pm
Blue Mambo Salon
4621 Montrose Blvd.
That being said, just because you don't need a reason to spend doesn't mean there isn't a good reason to do so. The pop-up shop is launching to support and raise money for 360 Degrees Vanishing, a temporary public art installation by Houston artist Selven O'Keef Jarmon set to debut this summer on the exterior of the Art League Houston main building.
360 Degrees Vanishing is, like the jewelry, a celebration of African craft art, featuring a quartet of large-scale beaded tapestries fabricated by a group of 15 beaders from the eastern cape of South Africa, working in conjunction with members of the Houston community. (See our preview of the project from last summer.)
The entire project will involve almost half a million beads, and Jarmon says he needs to raise $1,500 immediately to continue work on the art installation. Each piece of jewelry for sale is priced between $50 and $200, so the proceeds from the pop-up shop could go a long way towards making this artwork a reality. Bags of Coffee 360, the African-blend beans designed to tie into the project, will also be for sale at $20 per bag.