Everyday materials as wearable art

Even before she formally considered herself an accessory designer, Claudia's earrings, bracelets and necklaces were already catching the eyes of fashion icons. While coordinating the textile department of Salinas, one of Brazil's most reputable swimwear brands, she was always complimented at work for the accessories that she wore and made herself. With a degree in Graphic Design and Architecture and two graduate degrees in Textile and Jewelry design under her belt, Claudia - unsure of her calling - had decided to develop prints for fashion as this allowed her get her ideas off paper and onto something tangible and wearable. Fortunately, it wasn't long until her true calling came knocking at her door: unhappy with the accessories for an upcoming fashion show, the creative director of Salinas invited Claudia to design them instead.

She has been designing accessories ever since, for the runways of some of Brazil’s biggest brands, as well as for her own label. Her famous bracelets, made of ropes, ribbons and other types of materials braided together, are complex geometric wonders that point to Claudia's background in Architecture. Some of these artworks, which have been worn by fashion icons like Iris Apfel, can contract and expand, allowing them to change shapes and mold to different-sized wrists and arms. They are full of life, just like Claudia herself. Her necklaces are like wearable sculptures, masterfully combining textures and colors through the use of ropes, silk details, buttons, beading and an infinite number of other resources.

When creating, Claudia does not look to fashion nor design trends, but rather to everyday scenes and items for inspiration. This is why she works with found objects as the base for her accessories, exploring new meaning and utilities for ropes, trimmings and everyday materials. The designer believes in respecting the nature of these materials, while simultaneously rethinking their purpose. This choice is made apparent through the organic quality and feel of her creations. It is rare for her to manufacture something entirely new, just to be used for her accessories. In this sense, Claudia's work incorporates a characteristic that is typically Brazilian: the beautiful ability to improvise, to work with what one is given. And it is this facet of her work that makes her accessories sustainable by nature.

Every one of Claudia's creations is constructed by the designer herself, in her studio in Rio de Janeiro, by hand. It is actually uncommon for her to sketch an idea for an accessory; instead she matures that idea manually, experimenting with different possibilities of shapes until she arrives at something she feels is ready for the world. This manual process of trial-and-error is what most nourishes the designer, whose exquisite handwork is guided by the empiric processes of her head. The joy she feels when creating is certainly transmitted to her pieces. It is this exhilarating energy and fascination which Claudia injects into her work that can be felt by the bold women who sport her accessories.

If Claudia rose to fame by turning runways into spectacles with hats made with unfilled layered balloons and decorative face masks with plastic lace towels, she continues to be under the spotlight by ornamenting everyday women, permitting them to walk down the streets and feel as though they too are on a runway - thanks to her artworks.