Stephanie Schoyer Inspiring the Eye

6 May

Kenan & WhealanClick, click. Now pause. A little to the left. Click, click. There! One picture that captures a moment becomes the cornerstone of inspiration for ib designs. In this moment, with the zoom of her lens and clicking shutter of her camera, Stephanie Schoyer captured a protective father holding his vivacious island boy. This image depicts a family full of love, life, joy and happiness. These are feelings infused into ib’s designs and Schoyer’s life work. Emotion is a part of human nature and connects us to each other. Through her lens in a moment of time, Stephanie Schoyer encapsulates a human emotion so pure it translates across cultures.

Stephanie Schoyer is a Bohemian by nature, self-taught photographer and artist by choice. She was raised in a wonderfully artistic household on St. Croix, where she lived, laughed and created art for 52 years. She is a proud mother of two sons and grandmother to, as she describes, “one of the coolest babies ever”. Her love for photography started as a school child. She was pulled out of class and asked to model at The Buccaneer Hotel for Children’s Vogue. She describes the day as one filled with laughter, playing dress up and frolicking on the beach with other children. Her beloved father, Toby, was also an accomplished artist. He would often encourage her to dress in costumes and pose as his subject in photographs and paintings. When she received her first camera in 1989, she was moved. At this time, Schoyer transformed from the subject to artistic creator. Her world inspired her to perfect her craft, which is reflected in her photographs.

The clicking shutter and knowledge she has captured that one special frame, exhilarates Schoyer. stephanie schoyer photographyShe gathers her inspiration from life and the world around her. Schoyer captures a sort of mysticism in her photographs. In the image to the right, one can imagine the life this house once had and the mystery as to why is was lost.  The beauty is in the details, the rust, decay and the chipping of the once vibrant Caribbean paint. In contrast, the house is surrounded by vine and flowers; by life. It has a magic, which creates palpable character from something nonliving. The third image uses the elegant curvature of the female’s back and neck to highlight the intricate necklace design. Whether she is capturing the style and grace of jewelry, the charm of an old house or emotions of people, Schoyer urges her audience to feel.

ib designs jewelry st croixSchoyer has recently relocated to the mainland US, however; her inspiration continues to blossom. She is looking forward to connecting with galleries and featuring her new creations. Some of her inspired ideas range from an Alice in Wonderland tea party, to models in ball gowns with teddy bear heads. She also has her sights set on recapturing the Jazz Festival in New Orleans. One can imagine the excitement, the rush of the crowd and exuberant patrons celebrating art.  The creativity is endless. Schoyer describes herself as being the happiest when she’s behind the camera or covered in paint, glue and glitter.

One picture taken many years ago intertwines two artistic stories. Stephanie Schoyer and ib designs’ both use life, emotions and feeling as their mediums. ib evokes a tangible feeling through jewelry pieces. Schoyer evokes emotion through a photograph. The stage and characters are constantly evolving, however; the celebration of life remains constant. They take their inspiration, convert it to art and leave behind their legacy for future generations. Schoyer explains it perfectly, “Do what makes you happy. Period.”

ib inspired;

Kimberly Hummers

Find Stephanie Schoyer at and instagram @schoyerphotography




19 Feb

When we’re not making beautiful jewelry, meeting our fabulous customers, or creating magical designs, these are some of the spots we like to explore on our beautiful island of St. Croix, the largest U.S. Virgin Islands:

Buck Island, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Sandy Point, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Sandy Point, National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Jack & Isaac's Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Jack & Isaac’s Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Dorsche Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Dorsche Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Davis Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Davis Bay, The Carambola Beach Resort, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Our creativity is inspired by our pristine environment and there is really nothing like putting your toes in some warm sand and floating away all your troubles in our warm waters.

Come play with us!

Peace & Love!



Happy 2015!!!

12 Jan

Happy New Year!!!

Ringing in 2015 with positive vibes – celebrating generosity and compassion!

Wishing you much love, peace and joy from the ib family!



Art Thursday Season in Christiansted, St Croix

18 Nov

Art Thursday season in Christiansted, St Croix kicks off this Thursday, November 20th. On the 3rd Thursday of the month from November – May artists open their galleries and studios from 5-8pm to share their talent and creative designs. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet the many gifted artists on St. Croix. Many will feature a new exhibit, guest artists, or unveil a new design in a variety of mediums, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and photography. Christiansted comes alive with folks strolling through town while enjoying art, music, and complimentary wine and munchies.

We are excited to warmly welcome new and familiar faces to one of the best evening events on St. Croix. Throughout the Art Thursday season ib designs will be hosting many local artists featuring jewelry, photography, fabric art, and always live music.

For our first Art Thursday we will be having a Gem Explosion with new one of a kind wonders celebrating all that is colorful and sparkly. Our one of a kind designs will feature opal, jasper, agate, moonstone, topaz, garnet, chalcedony, and labradorite. Always available in our store are our signature designs of infinity, karma, lavi, wave, and strength. Jack Petersen will be playing his cool jazz rhythms and you’re guaranteed to find the best munchie table in town.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing a warm smile and having fun while exploring our new Feel Good Jewels :)

Art Thursday Schedule: November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 19, April 9, and May 21

Check out the Art Thursday facebook page here.

art thursday christiansted st croix