It only takes a glance to notice an Alicia P.design, but if you look a little closer you will realize that a glance does her work no justice. The Brooklyn-based, Chicago-bred jewelry designer’s eye-catching creations involve the most elaborate bead work, interwoven fabrics, metals, stones, and jewels.
Alicia P.’s one-of-a-kind pieces are the result of years of crafting and experimenting. Even though she officially launched her brand only five years ago; she has been making jewelry as a hobby since she was 5 years old. “I learned much about the basics of jewelry making through making simple things with my mother to sell at flea markets,” she said. “My parents always bought me craft kits growing up. I got to experiment with melting plastics, making my own Fimo beads, loom work, [and] rolling my own paper beads.”
The days of making Fimo jewelry are behind her. These days, Alicia creates her sought-after ornaments using a more luxurious material—suede. She manipulates the raw material to create abstract shapes and patterns—making each piece unlike the next. “I was so bored with all the usual beading, wire wrapping, loom projects, and by chance someone gave me a pelt of suede which I started to cut and play with. Over the years, I have learned through trial and error how to work with the suede…constantly trying [and] making up new techniques…literally trying to outdo my self.”
For Alicia, inspiration is abundant. As a former anthropology student, she is influenced by her findings in other cultures and places around the world. Her connection with the environment and organic life also helps her cultivate new design concepts. “I have a fascination with how things look inside…with the natural patterns found [in things] all over the world—from creatures to rocks. I love to travel the world and see what amazing patterns, colors, designs, different cultures are creating. Overall my work is inspired by a million influences all mashed together to create my own world of…‘organisms’/sculptures…”
Not a single idea or detail is spared when Alicia is creating. A single piece can take up to a week if she works on it for 2-4 hours a day. Some of her less intricate pieces can be made in about 6 hours.
It’s obvious; a girl who wears a bold neckpiece that bears the name Alicia P. is definitely a girl who wants all eyes on her—but Alicia wants the faint of heart to rock her jewelry too. “My work is literally for every woman. I love to make large over-the-top pieces, but I don’t feel my work has to be exclusive to only one group [or] type of person…I try to make a variety of work ranging from dainty to funky to elegant…”
“I want my customers to feel fabulous
even if they are wearing a smaller piece…
to stand out a little bit…
or ALOT from the crowd!”
Alicia P.’s artistry goes further than jewelry making—she is an artist and a clothing designer too! Check out all of her work and get more details @ www.designsbyaliciap.com