I’m always browsing the internet for new and upcoming designers – or rather, the things that they make. A couple of months ago I came across Boticca and was utterly surprised by the amount of designers they have on their website. What’s more important is that most of what you see on the site is very unique as there are a limited amount of items per designer available. I love having unique things. Don’t get me wrong, I sure am a Zara/H&M kind of girl as well – but I do also hate the idea of being a sheep if you know what I mean. In any case, I figured I would share some of my favourite designers once in a while! I want to start off with Claire English. You can find her designs here. Her story:
All of the jewellery that I make is luxurious, contemporary and very special. My unmistakably English designs are inspired by the narrative potential of the objects that surround us. The whimsical philosophy that i design with combines my interest in wonderment, curious, collage and fine craftsmanship. I mix this up with an irreverent sense of humour to create magical and witty pieces. I see myself as a 21st Century bricoleur who is adept at presenting familiar items in mischievous and unexpected ways.
The photographs above are a selection from her collection online at the moment. I love the bubble necklaces because you can actually use them! How fun is that? Each piece comes with its own story, that you can find in the description box on the Boticca site.
I’ve actually never considered jewelry to be multi-functional in that kind of way. Some of her other items are inspired by the ‘darker’ things in life such as the skull of a mouse or a magpie bone and although I must admit that they are a little creepy, I do find them very beautiful. They certainly are mischievous as Claire explains! I also find that the pieces remind me a little bit of ready-mades, a trend in art history where everyday objects were presented as art – just as they were. The most famous example is from Duchamp and his urinal which has since become very famous in its own right. I feel that Claire is appropriating this tradition in turning the everyday “whimsical” into beautiful jewelry.
Most of the pieces are made of 24K Gold Vermeil (sometimes on Solid Sterling Silver) and the prices range from €169 to €573,50 which isn’t cheap. Then again, we are talking about luxury pieces here. Unique luxury pieces. Ready-made artistic pieces.
Have you checked out Boticca yet? Do you have any favourite designers? Would you like me to write about my favourites more often, perhaps also from other shops?
View more on Boticca, from friendship bracelets to the signet ring and satchel collections.