Charleston is exploding with talent and local jewelry designers are leading the pack in the style sector. I’m highlighting 4 emerging designers who will be on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am – Kaypea Jewelry, Catie Curran, Barracuda Moon, and Kristy Bishop. These women are skilled metal smiths, textile designers and are creating one of a kind jewelry that make a lasting impression. I’m doing a giveaway with each designer on my Instagram, so follow along here to enter to win.
Kristin Panke the designer of Kaypea Jewelry has a bohemian vibe with native American influences. She is inspired by her travels, yoga, the sea, and being wild & free. Kristin uses materials such as silver and brass, natural stones – opal and turquoise, and casts shark teeth to adorn cuffs, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Each piece is one of a kind and the variety of turquoise she uses are so unique. Currently she sells locally at Albizia Apothecary on James Island and her next pop up will be the Charleston Makers Market on Oct 22 at Pacific Box & Crate.
Catie Curran’s, inspiration stems from nature, especially insects and animals. Using unconventional material like beetle wings, she has created wearable art that is mystical and unique. Her geometric and organic shapes are the consistent theme in her brass and silver jewelry. She combines casting and fabrication processes to create all of her pieces in her home studio. Currently she sells at Maris DeHart and is planning two trunk shows in November – West Elm on November 4th and Cannonborough Collective on November 18th.
Sydney Pope is the designer behind Barracuda Moon and is dedicated to life lived by the ocean. She uses repurposed materials such as sea glass found in Charleston, gemstones, and hand-forged metals such as 14kt gold-filled. The barracuda symbolizes the hunt; they are driven seekers of the sea, not afraid to roam wild and free. The moon symbolizes a life lived by the ocean which is often planned around the tides. A portion of all online sales are donated to the Polaris Project, a charity devoted to ending human trafficking, modern slavery. Currently she sells at Ro Sham Beaux, The Resort Shop in Freshfields Village, Sterling Styles in Hilton Head Island. She also has a busy pop-up shop season with appearances at Ro Sham Beaux on Oct. 21st, Celadon Nov. 11, Off Runway Event & Fashion Show with Brooke Wilder Atelier Nov. 19th at Charles Towne Landing, Daniel Island Holiday Festival December 2nd at the Volvo Stadium.
Kristy Bishop is a local artist primarily known for her textile and woven installations. She is embracing her knowledge of natural dying and is now creating wearable art with her jewelry line of Coiled Cotton dyed and sewn together. She makes dye out of plants such as Osage Orange, Indigo, and Cochineal which is an insect. The types of dyes that she uses are gathered locally in Charleston, SC or other places that she’s visited while traveling. Her primary sources include roadside growth, gardens, and grocery stores. Her monthly indigo dyeing class that she hosts at her studio in West Ashley that are both educational and fun. You have the chance to learn about the history of this dye plant and how it’s native to South Carolina, the chemistry of a vat, and dye samples using shibori tie dye methods. I’ve done one of her workshops, and transformed some my white clothes into beautiful hues of blue. Her next Indigo Workshop is Sunday, October 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm and it’s only $20.
Overalls by Free People from Macy’s $128 // Tank Top andLeather moto jacket by Blank NYC from Tres Carmen Boutique // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos // Papou hat from Goorin Bros.
Velvet Jumpsuit by Jack BB Dakota $68 from Tres Carmen
Free People dress $96 from Asos
Photography by Pale Girl Photo