Q&A : Fay Andrada

1. How did you get your start in designing jewelry?

A few years ago I took a beginners metalsmithing class. There was no second level, but I loved making my own jewelry so much that I kept retaking the class until I was too busy filling orders for my pieces!

2. What inspires you to create?

Being around smart, creative people inspires me, especially people who are really good at their job. 

3. What do you love about working with the materials you use?

Metal is a great material for jewelry because of how strong it is. Silver, bronze, brass have such a vast range of looks depending on the finish. 

4. Do you have a favorite piece you have made ?

The Iso bracelet is my favorite piece. It's such a perfect representative of everything I'm trying to do.

5. Describe your style aesthetic. 

Debbie Allen circa Fame - meets - old art lady - meets - Slick Rick.

6. Any current obsessions you would like to share? 

I bought a pair of Bryr clogs that have not even arrived. I know that I am obsessed because I refresh the tracking information every 15 minutes. They are two types of grey suede, high heel, lace-ups, a little Scandinavian, a little Jenny from the block.

7. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

My friend and personal fashion hero, Sarah Siegel, once said this. "It's impossible to look hot when you're cold." 

8. What is the one fashion item you think is a “must-have” for every woman? 

It would be nice if we all had pair of shoes that made us feel like ourselves. 

9. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring designers? 

That's funny. I feel like I'm still on the aspiring end of things, but I definitely recommend going with what you know. Overthinking is toxic.

10. Any exciting designing plans for 2013? 

Nearly every time I'm asked about my work, I go on and on about how I love big, gold hoops. Ironically, there are no big, gold hoops to be found in my collection. This is the year, though. This is the year that I tackle the hoop… hopefully.


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