Like many artists, Anna McKeon claims she was the odd one out growing up. “Everyone in my family had business or education degrees, and I was never really inclined that way. I was always the one that had to make the birthday cards!” she says. One of five children, Anna was looking for something else—and she eventually found it, leaving her native Sydney, Australia, to take on NYC back in 2010.
With the move came a line of strong and elegant jewelry—the name of which is an inside family joke about Anna’s full-blown obsession with babies and having children. Wah Wah is what they called her yet-to-be-conceived child. And when her business started to take off, the name seemed fitting: “My passion—my baby—is my jewelry design,” she says.
Now that the line has achieved toddler status, Anna is pushing her work in a tougher direction, drawing on her industrial-design degree from the University of New South Wales. “Plexi has become a bit of an obsession,” she says of her latest pieces. Combine contrasting materials, metal screws, clean lines, and geometric shapes, they’re just the sort of pieces that big kids like us are itching for. —olivia seely