LUCINDA BARRETT & IZZY HARRISON LUCINDA BARRETT “
I’ve always been interested in the history of jewellery, how it relates to and belongs to people,” says Lucinda Barrett, 56, whose eponymous label is the latest undertaking in what has been a lifetime punctuated by creative endeavours. An artist and maker based variously throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe for much of her career, paint was, for the most part, Lucinda’s medium of choice, but interior design, styling, animation and picture framing are all in her skillset. Forever looking to expand her horizons, three years ago Lucinda enrolled in a full-time jewellery design course, and when her eldest daughter Izzy returned to New Zealand from overseas, the two decided to collaborate. “She does all the things that, as a stereotypical creative, I can’t,” says Lucinda of her savvy, 25-year-old business partner. Working from a home studio in Ponsonby, Auckland, Lucinda designs and hand makes pieces that are “earthy in design and magical in meaning”. The symbols of the Tarot feature heavily in her work (“It’s something I’ve been living by and learning about for years now”), and after working predominantly with silver and bronze (“The alchemy of working with metal — heating it, shaping it, melting it has always fascinated me”), she is now experimenting with stones. Earrings are a focus for the brand this season. An image of Jane Birkin holidaying in Barcelona inspired the look and feel of the current collection. “But there is no typical Lucinda Barrett customer,” says the designer. “It’s for anyone who wants a bit of magic in her life.”
Lucinda’s jewellery is “earthy in design and magical in
meaning”. An appreciation for unlikely materials lends Zelda’s pieces an architectural quality.
Alexandra gravitates towards interesting textures to create one-ofa-kind pieces.