Sunday, November 12, 2006

Bling Bling: Erica Weiner

In the October 2006 issue of Domino, I came across the radness that is Erica Weiner. Her handcuff lariat necklace was included in the mag's usual "Domino Deals" section, a little advert of sorts that showcases cool indie goods for cheap. Well, I embraced my inner Gwen Stefani, and ordered myself one of these bad boys. You should too. Weiner's work is 100% handmade and totally affordable!

What started out as a birthday gift for a friend has turned into a mini-fashion empire for Weiner, a mostly self-taught crafty gal who's been creating these little treasures in her New York City apartment since 2002. With an Art History degree from Vassar, and a year-long stint studying experimental textiles at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland under her belt, Weiner is a regular scavanger of flea markets and street fairs in search of unique wonderments to complete her work. Her meticulous touch combines natural objects with machine-made, vintage-style metal (no precious metals!) or antique bits for pieces such as the fabulous silver-plated liquor tag bracelet or the brassy cicada earrings! With prices ranging from $15 to $80, can you say haute?

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