Lucie Wawryk, the creative force behind Concrete Collective, definitely didn’t think she’d end up welding metal for a living. For a good long while, she felt the pull of the family biz—her dad owns restaurants in New York—and, post-college, she decided to give molding young minds a go. “I was doing Teach For America, and it just wasn’t for me—so I quit after doing it for, like, two months,” she recalls of her stint in New Orleans. “Then I had all this free time, and taking a metalsmith class was something I’ve always wanted to do. So I did it.”
Lucie’s sparkly new hobby quickly became a full-time obsession, so she moved to L.A. to work for a jewelry production company and to enroll at The Gemological Institute of America, where she found herself turning to sculpture and fine art to form the ideas for her abstract, anatomical forms like silver lady earrings and twisty, branch-like bracelets. As she explains of her line, which went offish in 2017, “A lot of my inspiration comes from sculpture and motion, which goes hand-and-hand with the fluidity of the female form and shapes a lot of my work.” Pretty moving, right?