Maracole is the creator of Maracole Bijoux, a line of hand-woven ornaments made exclusively with fine Japanese seed beads and repurposed Vintage lucite beads from the seventies.
Each and every necklace branded Maracole is hand-woven in the USA and it requires from 10 to 40 hours of work for completion.
Combining the most contemporary design with bead-weaving - one amongst the most ancient crafts in various cultures from all over the world - Maracole has been able to create delightfully crafted collars, that are available for fashion styling, runways and boutiques.
Maracole says about her designs:
“Attention to details, high manufacturing and bright colors are distincive traits of Maracole Bijoux.
I am mostly inspired by contemporary art, by designers from the Bauhaus movement, and by ethnic ornaments from all over the world.
Repurposing vintage lucite beads from 1970 is a passion of mine, which underlies my dedication in creating a sustainable life cycle for my jewelry.
For this particular reason, I place my brand in the realm of eco-sustainable fashion. For the same reason, my collections are limited editions, and the number of pieces available for sale varies according to the amount of vintage beads in stock.”
Born and raised in Urbino, an art town in mid-northern Italy, I have been exposed to an incredible amount of influential art, mostly from the Reinassance, and I had the chance to experiment with many different artistic techniques and crafts over decades.
Since an early age I have been interested in designing 3dimensional work, at first creating my own puppets with found textiles and aluminum foil, then studying traditional mask making from Venetian mask designer Marco Ciolli, and successively exploring sculpting with polymeric clay and doll making.
I can say that my first form of 3dimensional creative expression was stitching, and I am not surprised that my passion for textile and weaving re-emerged lately in life.
In 1999 I graduated from “La Scuola del Libro Institute of Arts” in Urbino, with a major in experimental animation and illustration, and I moved to Rome to work in animated TV shows’ production.
In 2007 I decided that animation was not much my thing, and that I had more fun designing three-dimensional objects.
Two years later I earned a master degree from the European Institute of Design in Rome and in 2009 I moved to Los Angeles, California. There l had many artistic pursuits, till I finally explored wearable art for fashion editorials and character modeling.
I learned how to weave seed beads in 2017 and a year later I founded Maracole Bijoux, which has become my main artistic endeavor.
In 2018 I designed my original line of handwoven beaded fashion jewelry, which I titled Pon Pon and was inspired by the work of designers at the Wiener Werkstatte in 1925.
At the moment I am designing intricated, free form handwoven collars, and I have the ambition to design larger pieces of wearable art with woven beads, that can cover larger parts of the body, such as masks and see-through tops.
Trade shows and exhibits:
Edgedesigners Show edition 2019, @The Stewart Hotel, Manhattan, NY - September 13 - 15 2019
SELECTED DESIGNER @ Artistar Jewels 2019 - international exhibit of contemporary jewelry design in Milan, @Palazzo Bovara - October 24 - 27 2019
Fashion designer @ “Nude Art La 2019” @ Cooper Design Space, DTLA, Los Angeles, CA - annual runway fashion show.
Artistar Jewels - Online catalog, from October 2019
Boutiques that carry Maracole Bijoux:
Blanche Ojai Boutique, Ojai, CA
Brittany Davis Art Gallery, Ojai, CA
Wildling Museum`s gift shop, @Wildling museum of art and nature, Solvang, CA
Idyllwild Arts Gallery, Idyllwild, CA
Ivan Bitton`s showroom, Hollywood, CA