Anita Quansah reclaimed jewelry - bohemian tribal fusion

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Yes! This is what I´m talking about. If you´re an artist, don´t just make cool stuff, but tell people about it! Anita Quansah, a jewelry designer from London UK sent me mail last week to show some of her works (which are fabulous btw!). I have actually featured her designs here last August, but good stuff deserves a re-run. Especially now with the current tribal fashions trend roaming about as her latest collection is inspired by the rich and colourful ethnic adornment of the Ndebele tribe of South Africa. "Eclectic stylish and expressive one-off pieces of clothing and neckpieces using recycled and vintage materials" as she calls them. Yup. I love the mass and tribal references in her pieces. Beautifully essembled and formed. She has a talent of transforming traditional looks into modern URBAN TRIBAL TRASHION. I think more jewelry artists should make bigger statement pieces like these instead of smaller jewelry. The bigger pieces clearly have more editorial value, as can be seen from Anita´s reference list below.

Anita studied textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design London. Since graduating, she has been working to develop and promote recycled textiles. Her designs have been featured in editorials such as German Vogue, British Vogue, Dare2magazine, Muse, German Tush, Pref and Vision. She has also collaborated with DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ischiko, Victoria Secret, Ecko and textiles Weisbrod Zurrer and Sandy Starkman. In 2004 Anita collaborated with Christian Lacroix, designing and embroidering a jacket featured on the runway for his Haute Couture show in Paris. Not bad. I wish my press/collaboration list looked like that..... Each piece is handmade in UK using vintage fabrics fused with reclaimed textiles, incorporating mixed metals, silver, gold, gunmetal and the introduction of colourful elements such as pearls, beads, rhinestones, ribbons and fringing. Her necklaces are available at My Sugarland boutique in London, Not Just a Label and Shrimpton Couture.

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HERA NECKLACE: I love the way she has worked chain into chain mesh in tjis piece.

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AURORA NECKLACE: Binding smaller chain around hoops creates also a cool metal mass effect. Very organic look.

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This piece below is just genious as the chains can be worn either in front or in back depending on your outfit. I love multifunctional jewelry like this.
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5 comments:

  1. Moikka! Olen lukenut blogiasi jo vähän aikaa ja vihdoinkin saanut oman perustettua! Kiios kaikista upeista vinkeistä ja kiinnostavista jutuista!
    keep it up :)

    stop by sometime
    xx sandra
    http://5inchandup.blogspot.com/

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  2. truly beautiful. I love the one with the belly chains the most!

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  3. love love love! thanks for bringing her to my attention.

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  4. amazing! beautiful pieces!!

    xx

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  5. This is a wonderful product. We spend so much time on the rest of our accessories that we often overlook one of the more important ways to look good – our jewelry! Now a day’s eco-friendly Jewelry is one of our most popular products because of its uniqueness and ethnic style. This jewelry is an environmentally safe. And if you buy a green diamond engagement ring or wedding band, you are going to win her over!. also supporting the global effort to preserve our planet's future. It’s a
    Great post and bright colours.i love it

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