We are going to venture beyond metals once again with the playful, sculptural, fiber pieces from Mandy Besek‘s Etsy store . I didn’t think that I’d write something about non-traditional jewelry materials again so soon. But, Mandy’s work really caught my attention with its bold forms and flowing spontaneity.
The first jewelry that I was able to make was made of string. I would spend endless hours trying to keep the string braided while I also managed to tie it around my wrist. It usually didn’t work. It would unravel as I fumbled to tie it with one hand. To this day, I have a weird allegiance to the world of fiber jewelry. Fortunately, it is a world filled with much better jewelry than I ever managed to make during Saturday morning cartoons.
There is some beautiful stuff out there these days. But, as with everything, there are a few who break the mold and make something unbelievable. Maria João Ribeiro has managed to do this and then some with her inventive, playful line. Her lovely work is available in her Etsy store, Kjoo.