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About Blanche NoNoo

Throughout her career, Blanche has been involved in the creative arts. Born and raised in New York City, Blanche always knew she’d be an artist. She began to hone her craft as a teenager at the coveted High School of Music and Art, which led her to deepen her knowledge at the School of Visual Arts, where she earned a BFA with a focus on Advertising and Graphic Design.


Blanche enjoyed a distinguished career in advertising design in New York City, heading many national campaigns and branding efforts as art director at the city’s top agencies. She designed logos, print ads, magazine and book covers, creative packaging, and worked on a variety of television commercials. Blanche was a well-known and respected member of New York’s advertising community.


After many years on Madison Avenue, Blanche focused her creativity in fine arts and painting, receiving a Bachelors of Art degree from Fordham University. She works in mixed-media and oil. Her work has been exhibited in multiple US cities and abroad. Blanche’s love for fine arts and the respect garnered in the field led to her being awarded a full scholarship at the University of Miami where she received her Masters in Fine Arts.


The art of jewelry making has always been part of Blanche’s creative DNA. She incorporated her extensive travel and diverse cultural experiences with her appreciation for antiquities and unique materials. Her one-of-a-kind designs have been featured in magazines, runway fashion shows and photo shoots, and sold at luxury retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.


The Jewelry

Blanche began designing unusual pieces in gold, incorporating precious and untraditional stones. Her influence stems from her appreciation for rare Asian Netsukes, pre-Colombian art, and Egyptian and African periods. Some of her earlier pieces were shown with fashion designer collections that include Geoffrey Bean and Yoko Watanabe. She has exhibited her objets de art in numerous galleries and shows. Blanche’s current design obsession is dedicated to unique world-influenced necklace designs.


The Materials

Blanche sources materials from around the global market. She has a prized collection of ancient Ivory Netsukes – objects that date centuries and were created as a toggle of sorts, often working as a button or vehicle for closure in traditional Asian clothing. Blanche also incorporates rare antique gems, agates and crystals, amulets, scarce handmade clasps and other unique materials. She’s known to turn a snuff bottle into a jewel and tribal passport mask into a necklace.


The Media

Women’s Wear Daily
New York Times
Savvy Magazine
New York Magazine
Beauty Digest
Gourmet Magazine
New York Magazine
Executive Jeweler
Dali Museum
Michener Museum