All posts tagged: brooches

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 …

Polli Jewelry Collection

I came across this fantastic line of Australian-made jewelry at the recent New York Gift Show. Founded in 2002 by Tess Lloyd and Maja Rose, Polli uses sustainable materials and processes and has been awarded a low CO2 rating by the Carbon Reduction Institute of Australia for offsetting the carbon emissions produced by the company’s energy consumption, flights, car travel, and commuting. Polli’s 75% recycled stainless steel jewelry collection includes whimsical, vintage designs such as hot air balloons, bicycles, cameras, and hat cases, as well as Mexican floral patterns and woodland animal motifs. For its line of wooden brooches and cufflinks, Polli uses sustainable plantation hoop ply pine with colorful prints, and then wraps them up in an organic cotton pouch. The diversity of the line makes it hard not to find the perfect piece, whether you are an animal lover, camera buff, architecture fan, or your standard jewelry addict. Polli is available from 400 retailers across Australasia, North America, and Europe, but if you can’t find a store just order directly from their site.