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Remember those ironable, candy-colored plastic beads of your childhood? Well, when Christy Curcuru unearthed a supply of Perler Beads at her grandmother’s house in North Carolina as a RISD-educated adult, she started messing around, stringing them together to create intricate, tribal-inspired jewelry. Just six months later—in 2009—she emerged from the N.C. woods with her own line, Growing Jewelry.
“Form and color are the two very basic aspects of painting, so letting the colors play off each other in unexpected ways is fun for me,” explains Christy of how her brush-and-canvas roots inform her wearable work. Her dead-on eye for hues immediately caught the attention of Kick Pleat—a rad boutique in Austin, where she lives—and dropping off a lookbook at Opening Ceremony on a trip to NYC immediately had that store’s buyers hooked, too. Fast forward a couple years, and Christy’s opening things up on the material front, adding African shell beads, stones like jasper and agate, and metals to the original mix of non-toxic plastic, wood, and hemp—proof that Growing Jewelry is getting seriously grown-up while still paying tribute to those kiddie roots. —koun bae
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Good to the last grain.
She just always looks so COOL.