If I can wear jewelry that looks fashionable and artistic at the same time I’m usually in. Well I found an amazing artist, Simona, from Little Tusk (how adorable is that name?) who has certified herself a “bauble engineer” that does just that. I love that term by the way Simona! She uses a mix of clay and other medias like lace and sequins (oh yeah, there is sparkly stuff!) to create all types of playful jewelry. I picked a few here from her IG account to showcase her amazing talent, but make sure to stop by her page for more!
I love the Art Deco feel of these earrings. A lot of her work could be classified as Art Deco, but these earrings look like they were plucked from a 1930s jewelry catalog. I can image seeing these side by side with some of the famous Art Deco jewelry designers like Cartier!
I have to say that this is by far my favorite piece so far from Simona. I love the bold colors, the gemlike shapes, and just about everything else in this piece! It’s a statement piece that is sure to stand out. If you look closely you can see that the red “diamonds” even have some sparkle to them. Amazing detail!
The shape of this piece is so unique and unlike most other pendants I have seen. It almost reminds me of a jaw bone with teeth. It’s so interesting!
I really love the marbling technique that Simona is using throughout some of her pieces. It adds a lot of movement and interest to them. And can we talk about her awesome accenting skills? The gold marbling and sequin backings are just screaming my name! It’s a simple, yet elegant way to add a bit of flash and the gold really makes her pieces look high end.
Simona really does a great job of mixing medias on her pieces. Clay is relatively smooth, unless you deliberately add texture, but by adding other textured media to her work she has created a lovely visual interest that keeps your eyes moving from one thing to the next.
Oh and she has tassels. Yes tassels, gold marbling, and Art Deco designs. We are sold at this point!
It is truly inspiring to find artists that take simple materials and create beautiful artwork out of them. Mixed media can be a hard thing to pull off in jewelry without it looking too cluttered, but Simona has done a great job of creating jewelry that is fashionable enough for those fashionistas out there and simple enough for all you minimalists!