All posts tagged: acrylic

Inca Starzinsky Jewelry

I met Inca Starzinsky during last month’s London Design Festival, where she was displaying a collection of her jewelry and accessories at the Tent London exhibit at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. A graduate of Central Saint Martins in 2000 and the Royal College of Art in 2007, Starzinsky has worked as a graphic designer, printed textile designer, design director, and artist. Part of the design and editorial team of Graphic magazine from 2002–2006, Starzinsky developed her skills in printed textile design at the Royal College of Art. I was drawn into Starzinsky’s booth by the vibrant colors of her geometric acrylic pieces. My favorites are the Fade series of necklaces and the Spin series of pendants, brooches, bracelets, and rings made from digitally-printed two-ply acrylic which is laser-cut and finished with silver loops and chain. Each of the variations features bold gradient coloring. The Hackney Clouds and Sunset series of brooches are based on photographs of the sky — they are like little peepholes into the heavens. I asked a Inca a few questions …

The Clutch Clip

Pratt Institute student designer Jeff Rubio took home first place at the 7th Annual Umbra| Pratt Design Competition for his design of the Clutch Clip, an ornate laser-cut acrylic clip that can be used to cinch together bags or bind paper. I imagine students of all ages will want to dress up their brown paper bag lunches or gift bags with these elegant little clips. If the Clutch Clip and the other competition finalists meet Umbra’s criteria of quality and affordability, they will be given the opportunity to work with the manufacturer’s team to create a prototype which may then be manufactured and included in Umbra’s catalog (earning royalties for the students and Pratt). I hope to see Rubio’s design on the market soon — it’s a clever spin on a utilitarian product that needed a bit of flair.