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This Sunday we travel back south to from Texas to Atlanta, GA (my old stomping ground) to the home of a designer who fits the bill for an account and designer to follow. Her jewelry report card grade is an A++! Her brand Billie Hilliard, merges fashion with a sense of heirloom design. Her jewelry has been worn by Queen Bee, enough said…. She has been featured in magazines like Oh Brides and Essence. You can also follow her blog for more inspiration and style posts.
How did it all begin? It seems that Billie studied fashion design and even modeled for United Colors of Benetton in her early career. She decided to pursue her passion of jewelry design and is sold in boutiques worldwide. Studying her jewelry style and pieces, in a few minutes, it is easy to see this gal has talent. Her designs are fluid and warm, they harken back to the 70s brutalist influences, but in a very modern way. Her jewelry appeals to me because there is a definite sense of structure to the “brutalist” aspects. She uses wax casting and makes these by hand. Shop our favorite pieces below!
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Why We Follow Her:
*All images from Billie’s website and instagram. Rights Reserved.
BILLIE HILLIARD, 1200 FOSTER STREET NORTHWEST, ATLANTA, GA, 3031
It may be hard to believe, but I am a modernist-maximalist, no maximalist modernist, no….anyway once again we find ourselves in a Sunday state of mind. Ready to give our A++ to a new designer and instagram account we recently discovered and love. So grab your coffee and get ready! Today’s jewelry report card goes to Yoko Takirai, which is very fitting since her jewelry takes some mathematical and architectural knowledge.
Her designs combine a sense of modern architectural design with romance. First of all, her name is Yoko, so we are hooked…second her degrees in the field are quite extensive. She graduated from West Virginia University in the 90s, then in 1995 she moved to Florence to study at the jewellery school “Le Arti Orafe”. She then obtained a degree in project jewellery design from the Istituto d’Arte di Firenze. Yoko taught goldsmith’s art at the “Alchimia” school until 2000 and then in 2002 opened Takirai Design. Her work has gone on to gain accolades, show at museum shows, and beyond.
What we love about her designs are the way they bridge innovation in form, with their wearer. She creates architecture for the body. Where can you get her work? Well, here is where instagram comes into play. Yoko’s work can be seen at international design shows, galleries, and beyond. Most of these events are mentioned on instagram and her facebook page, like the Barcelona Jewellery Fair. She has shown her work at the MAD museum in New York. Her line is carried in boutiques like Oh My Blue in Venice Italy, so to stay on top of all of this we present her instagram page.
Why we love her instagram a visual tribute:
Our Favorite Pieces:
Spazio SAM – Vecchio Conventino – laboratorio 33
Via Giano della Bella, 20/1
tel. +39 348 9147006
*All images belong and from Takirai Design website or her instagram account, rights reserved.