When Fay Andrada relocated to Maine in 2008 with her husband Ben, the then-graphic designer never thought the move would signal a dramatic career change. “My family is from Finland, and we just basically decided we would make living in Portland, Maine, our own version of Scandinavia,” Fay explains. Burnt out on the worlds of design and advertising, she started teaching classes at Portland’s Maine College of Art—and using her hard-earned money to enroll in the school’s metalsmithing courses. “My first few pieces were ones I made in class, and all my friends wanted copies. So I just started buying equipment and working out of my apartment in Portland, and it just kind of took off,” Fay recalls.
Now back in Brooklyn with a line that bears her name—not bad as baggage goes—Fay has her own studio where she hammers humble brass and silver into submission, creating beautiful and sleek teardrop-shaped bangles, stacking rings, and creased earrings. “I like size. I like bold,” she notes. “My favorite things in the world are big, brass earrings.” —jackie varriano