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For Amanda Loos, the first foray into jewelry wasn’t the braided friendship bracelet. It was a cocktail ring, carved from salvaged wood and sandwiched between vintage Bakelite plastic. “When I wore them out, I sold a few right off my hand,” says the Vancouver-born, L.A-based designer. “People even asked if I made earrings and necklaces.” And so, suddenly, she did.
These days, the aesthetic of her line Kyyote—that’s coyote, an inhabitant of her desert environment, pronounced in a Western Canadian way—is rooted in linear shapes and colorful beads that beg for a hazy California summer. Everything is handmade in the city where Amanda lives, using recycled silver and eco-friendly studio practices, too. “I make a deliberate effort to source my porcupine quills from individuals who harvest them from road kill,” she explains. “And I source materials from domestic companies to support our country’s economy.”
But, really, why jewelry? With a background in graphic design—Amanda received her BFA from Pasadena’s Art Center College—painting, and sculpture, Amanda fell into this world because it was like all of her favorite things in one. “It’s like making small-scale sculpture that you can wear out instead of sticking in a gallery to gather dust,” she says. —alisha prakash
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