Photos by: Yours Truly
I met Georgia Varidakis at Artist & Fleas which I talked about previously, it takes place every sunday in Williamsburg. Her booth immediately reeled me in from across the room. She is really passionate about her jewelry and really puts love into each piece. When I purchased a knuckle ring with chain link and her “Faun” necklace, she told me the price, and my mouth dropped. Not only are her pieces great quality but they’re affordable. She proceeded to tell me, “my pricing is based off of what I would spend.” I truly admire her for that!
Q&A with Georgia Varidakis, the young and talented jewelry designer.
When did you start designing jewelry and how did you learn?
“I started in 2004 while I had an existing clothing line. I started out doing mostly one of a kind pieces and then learned wax carving and casting so I could make multiples. I’m mostly self taught- trial and error. I’ve also taken classes at the Fitzgerald school and private lessons”
What were you doing before jewelry design?
“I was freelancing as an assistant stylist, working retail/in a coffee shop, and I worked in the Gap’s color and concepts department.”
In one sentence how would you describe your line?
“Delicate pieces that are inspired by nature with a dark and romantic touch.”
What is your favorite metal to work with/wear?
“I love to work with sterling but my favorite metal to wear is Rose Gold”
Will you be at any shows this upcoming year?
“This July I will be in San Francisco and LA. In September I will be in Chicago for Renegade Craft and quite possibly, Vegas in August for a trade show.”
Tell me what it’s like sharing a store with Ryan Wilde and a brief description about her hats?
“IDA our shop, also houses our studio in the back of the store, so it’s great to work with another creative person so closely. Her pieces are all hand made and one of a kind. Ryan does custom ordered hats as well. Her hats are always the focus of an outfit.”
Is there one specific E-commerce site you wish to have your pieces on?
“I drool over everything on Bona Drag so that would be amazing.”
Check out Georgia’s fantastic pieces, and for custom work click here, and for beautiful custom hats contact, Ryan Wilde firstname.lastname@example.org . Their joint store is called IDA and it’s located at 175 Roebling St Brooklyn, NY
I am wearing: (Hat by Ryan Wilde/Brandy Mellville- Tee/J Brand-Neoprene pants/Bliss Lau/Body Chain/Georgia Varidakis- Faun Necklace)