Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend among people who have worked in the web industry, shifting their focus and starting businesses where they can work at their own pace, with their hands, and craft products of high quality and high authenticity. Sitting behind a computer all day, creating things that will never leave the screen quickly becomes an unfulfilling existence, leaving many people yearning for a more satisfying craft that yields tangible results. I know this feeling all too well.

Fay Andrada and I both have backgrounds as web designers (we both also worked at MTV), yet had a thirst to do something with meaning, where we could make our own hours and feel proud of the products we crafted by hand.

Fay is a very talented illustrator and metalsmith. Her jewelry is beautiful and soulful. Quiet, yet unmissable. Each piece is completely crafted by her hands from alloy metals like brass, bronze, and copper. Each and every piece has its own personality and graphic quality.

All of the jewelry in the above pictures are made by Fay. She’s modeling the Ainslie clutch, a bag from my new collection which has brass tube details. Somehow I think it might have been Fay who inspired me to add brass “jewelry” to my new pieces. Maybe one day we’ll even collaborate.

Check out Fay’s collection and shop here.  Photos by Romain Sarda.

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