Arielle de Pinto‘s workshop is a nightmare for anyone with OCD: spools of chains line the shelves, as do heaps of braided bronze and silver, and knotted—or “crocheted”—metal. Her organic but industrial pieces, which she creates using her trademark hand-knotting technique, have garnered the young Canadian serious buzz in the accessories market. “I’ve never taken a jewelry class,” she says. “I still haven’t. Now I have someone that I work with to help me with metal fabrication, soldering, and all of those components. But it’s been a goal of mine to weed out the pre-fabricated elements, like clasps.” (Her clasps are nothing if not inventive, made from roughly carved metal figures and shaped like people.)
Now in her fourth year as a designer, de Pinto has created two collections: ADP (a series of basics made entirely of steel, bronze, and a hint of silver) and Atelier (a more upscale line that incorporates gems, metallic layering, and more ornamental pieces). “Traditionally, all of my collections have been extremely fabric-y or mesh,” she says. “But as I’ve been moving on with Atelier, I have room to get more sculptural.” Her art nouveau influences can be seen in her love of basic geometry, and she finds herself returning to her grandmother’s jewelry box for inspiration, which has resulted in her bejeweled hair fan and her half-moon necklace with fringe dangling off the front.
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But de Pinto also has modern influences, which are evident in her angular, tough-girl knuckle-dusters and her bling-y, soon-to-be released men’s collection for Barneys New York. One piece from that collection has an enmeshed Eminem-inspired face pushed through the chains. When told that it looks like something Kanye West might wear, de Pinto says laughing, “Yeah, if it had his face on it, maybe.” Yeezy, if you’re listening, you might want to get on it.