It’s almost time for the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event!
For this fab event I bring you a stunning prize pack from Decadence! Before I show you what great stuff Decadence is giving away, I thought it would be nice to do a little Q&A with Andrew, the brains behind the brand.
SSC: How did you get into designing jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?
D: My mom was always creating jewelry when I was a kid and I was interested in it early on. I took a couple of advanced jewelry making classes in high school and by college was making pieces for myself and friends. I started Decadence in 2005 but it really took off when I got married and started making more intricate pieces for my wife a couple of years after that.
SSC: Why recycled items?
D: Some of the objects I find are so interesting and have great patina that you can only get with years of wear and use. They often get discarded because they are obsolete or worn out but I strive to tell their story and give them a new life as wearable jewelry.
SSC: Where do you find the items you turn into jewelry?
D: I have discovered objects anywhere from the side of the road to upscale antique stores. Part of the thrill for me is hunting down these obscure items that someone might never think could be wearable. I also really enjoy knowing the history behind them so whenever possible I try to research where they came from and what they were used for.
SSC: Where do you get the inspiration for your pieces?
D: I draw inspiration from America’s rich history in manufacturing and advertising. It was a time when things were made to last and I feel like the objects I try to find are links to that past. A lot inspiration also comes from the objects themselves. I love seeing the potential in things and what they can become. I usually know exactly what I will do with an object once I find it.
SSC: Do you do custom pieces for people?
D: Yes, I do. I’m always up for trying something new.
SSC: Of everything you’ve made, what has been your favorite thing to work on?
D: Last year I made a bracelet out of a heavy brass plaque that had the word “EMPIRE” on it. It had been laying around my workshop for awhile and I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to use it until then. The plaque had so much character by itself but I was really happy with how it turned out as a bracelet.
SSC: Besides creating unique pieces of jewelry, what are your passions in life?
D: I’ve recently gotten into woodworking more and started making furniture out of repurposed items. I also enjoy photography, graphic design, history, gardening, and restoring our 100 year old house.
SSC: You’re currently in Iowa… what do you love about the state and wish you could share with people?
D: Iowa is so much more than what it might seem at first. The people here are so welcoming and I enjoy the idea of living life at a slower pace. With that being said, Iowa is also becoming really diverse in things like food, music, and art. I think there is also a big appreciation here for handmade goods and small businesses.
And now, the prize!
So that’s all of it! Wonderful, right? Here’s the breakdown… The beautiful Lionhead Necklace ($36) is made from a vintage antique drawer pull. The Tassel Earrings ($16) are made from a deconstructed vintage necklace and rosary beads. The stunning Brass Floral Cuff ($40) is made from an antique curtain ring, and it would look great layered with the Ruler Bracelet ($30), which is made from a 100 year old aluminum carpenter’s ruler. And last, but not least, is a set of Hairpins ($8) made from antique buttons. (The keys and the other round things in the image aren’t included in the prize pack, and were just for decoration in the above photo.)
Find more Decadence on the web.
If you can’t wait to possibly win the above prize pack, or want to check out some of the amazing pieces Decadence has to offer, you’re in luck! You can shop online at www.etsy.com/shop/