The Royal Loyals

The Royal Loyals  - Eclectix

 

The Royal Loyals is a collaboration (or duet) between two artists – Monika Krol, a jeweler, and Danielle Murray, a painter. Eclectix first happened upon their work when we found the portrait (below), featured as the profile picture for the Eclectix interview with Judith Schaechter.

The idea behind this shared vision is wonderful and unique, an interesting way to present a dialogue between two artists. Together they create paintings and jewelry inspired by one common muse or mentor and the love of all things vintage. These have evolved into a series which comprises The Royal Loyals.

 

The Royal Loyals  - Eclectix

 

Beginning with the inspiration,  Danielle will create a painting and Monika will design jewelry. There is an obvious back and forth between them – each series and indeed each piece, reflects the evolution and execution of the final end result. This approach enables each artist to create their own separate work, unlike other collaborations which involves both artists in producing one piece.

For example: the earrings (below) are worn by Judith in the portrait, are presented as a separate work and are inspired by Judith’s love of cats.  She is also wearing a brooch and holding a necklace designed by Monika (not shown.)  The paintings within the jewelry pieces are varnished oil on masonite.

 

The Royal Loyals  - Eclectix

The Royal Loyals  - Eclectix

The Royal Loyals  - Eclectix

The Royal Loyals  - Eclectix

royal loyals - eclectix

 

Eclectix asked Danielle and Monika a few questions, they had this to share:

What was the spark for this idea? 

Incidentally, we came to live together the year after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. We quickly came to realize we shared many common interests including old things, collecting and expensive, delicious, high alcohol content beers. :)  We always felt that although we worked in different mediums the work shared a similar vocabulary, and it wasn’t long before we decided to merge the two.
 
 
 Do you have any new works coming up?
We have started a new collection in a slightly different direction that we are really excited about. We will be posting some of these new pieces on our site soon!
 
We also now have 742 miles between us, we plan trips when we can to work out our new ideas and Facetime dates are frequent.
 
How did the name “Royal Loyals” come up?
The whole idea of collaboration came about while drinking said delicious beers at The Royal Tavern (our neighborhood bar). And that is where we solidified our status as BFF’s, so yeah, we are pretty loyal to it.
 
For the entire series, visit their website, here.

 

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