Larkspur & Hawk | 'Taking Flight' - Photo series and event design

Larkspur & Hawk commissioned creative director, Talya Cousins for a photo series and event design titled, “Taking Flight.”  

With Larkspur & Hawk’s Georgian-inspired jewelry as the focal point, Cousins approached photographer Horacio Salinas to collaborate on a series of photographs that would explore nature and evoke an old-world feel.  Artistic illustrations serve as a backdrop for this set of images, featuring birds that were hand-painted during an expedition of the South Sea Islands in 1865, and later reproduced in a book in 1873 (images from the original volume, found at a rare book shop, were used on set).  The striking contrast of colors in each illustration highlights the unique hues and tones used in the Larkspur & Hawk jewelry collection, with each piece radiating light and color.  Founder and designer Emily Satloff has resurrected a forgotten, 18th century, Georgian foil technique to give each piece of jewelry an ethereal beauty with deep and brilliant, multifaceted color that changes and captures the mood of ever-shifting light. 


“The incredible color saturation and vast array of hues celebrated in this collection led us to think about exotic birds in vibrant colors,” said Ms. Cousins.  “We sought to capture what would transpire if the birds came alive and began to fly around the room, carrying the jewels in their beaks, nesting, and creating a bit of havoc. Just like the jewelry, we wanted to create a space and imagery that tell a powerful yet tender story; elegant and dynamic.”

Creative direction by Talya Cousins | Shot by Horacio Salinas