Maracole is an Italian/American designer based in California, and her main areas of interest are wearable art and jewellery.
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 piece branded Maracole Bijoux is hand-woven in the USA and it requires from 10 to 40 hours of work for completion.
Combining the most contemporary sense of design with beadweaving, which is 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 high end boutiques.
Every piece of wearable art designed by Maracole is “one of a kind" and often part of a limited edition.
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.
I have been interested in crafts since I was a child, in particular 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 three dimensional 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 in jewelry design from the European Institute of Design in Rome and in 2009 I moved to Los Angeles, where 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 created Maracole Bijoux, which is now my main artistic endeavor.
As a designer I convey a variety of skills into my work, creating wearables related to universal themes, such as sexual identity.
I am fascinated and inspired by the work of designers from 1920 to 1940 and textile is my preferred medium, although I have a significant experience with 3D printing.
My millinery and jewelry have a minimal type of look, bright primary colors and an avant garde type of narrative.
On 2017 I embraced the representation of phallic shapes in the context of fashion accessories for women /see ref. Ebook “Phallic Shapes in Female Garments”, Amazon Kindle.
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 statement collars with Japanese seed beads and repurposed vintage lucite beads.
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.
SELECTED DESIGNER @ Artistar Jewels 2019- international exhibit of contemporary jewelry designers in Milan, palazzo Bovara, from October 24 to the 27th.
My handwoven ornaments are available for sale at the art gallery Brittany Davis in Ojai, CA.
On May 2017 my Venetian nose jewel was included in the online collection of contemporary jewel design #donna.jewel - see Instagram page, image dated May 11 2017
Since April 2018 my Venetian nose jewels are carried by the fashion stylist house Ivan Bitton, located in West Hollywood.
SELECTED DESIGNER @ Artistar Jewels 2019 fall edition - international exhibit of contemporary jewelry designers in Milan, palazzo Bovara, from October 24th to 27th.
Fashion designer @ “Nude Art La 2019” - runway show of Avant Garde Millinery in the context of a broader fashion show.
Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, 8th annual Holiday Boutique: line of beaded ropes inspired by the flora of the Pacific Ocean.
Vendor at the “Brewery Art Walk 2018” : jewelry and millinery showcased at The Jesus Wall Gallery, 600 Moulton Ave / DTLA.
|1000 Hats|, Ojai Art Center, Ojai, CA - personal show of artistic millinery, all designed between 2016 and 2018.
Museo Archeologico di Cisternino, “Between Two Seas”, International group show curated by Luigia Martelloni , Cisternino, Puglia. Italy. A piece from my installation is now part of the permanent collection of MAC /Museum of Archeological Art/ Cisternino, Puglia.
Artist Residency @ Fish Factory Arts Residence, Stordafjord, Iceland, May-June *see video presentation and images in the main page of this website
Presentation of "Nose Goddess Jewelry" as a lecture @ UCLA, hosted by David Spjut, instructor at summer extended studies in art and design *media lab.
Group Show |The Coaster Show| @La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, California - 3D printed Nose Jewelry
Group show |Masters of their craft|, curated by Bill Pacak at Muzeumm gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Avant Garde Millinery