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To say that Erin Considine creates jewelry is like calling Willy Wonka a candy-maker: There’s a whole lot more to it than that. The Brooklyn-based designer doesn’t just assemble necklaces and cuffs—she dyes the yarn by hand with thoughtfully sourced, earth-friendly materials (think marigold, madder root, and osage orange), weaves said yarn using complicated and sometimes ancient techniques, and affixes brass charms and clasps that she models and prototypes herself before having them cast. It’s a very good thing that her sunny new Williamsburg studio has plenty of room for stations.
Through the years, Erin has tracked down the best purveyors for her various dye products and has established a solid relationship with the Park Slope Food Coop that keeps her in onion skins. (“There are huge bins of them that they clean out everyday and save for me,” she explains.) And yet she wants to do even more. This spring, she started a garden
so that she’ll be able to score sunflowers and Japanese indigo right in her own backyard.
Not surprisingly, every earthy, modern, and endlessly fascinating piece Erin creates is infused with her personality and her heady approach, and each season offers a new opportunity to develop complex new techniques. Because if you can’t find a reason to teach yourself to use a weaving device that resembles a wind chime, what exactly is the point? —erica