STACY ADRIAANS, THE YOUNG DESIGNER BEHIND HER BOOMING BRAND, A RING TO IT, SPILLS ON HER CREATIVE JOURNEY
as a child, I could colour in like a professional – between the lines and everything; I think my love for jewellery began with my love for art and later developed into a love for design. While growing up, my parents were so used to my self-assured approach to decision-making that, although they didn’t quite know where it would lead me, they happily supported the path I chose. Since everyone in my family is a teacher, it was natural for me to develop a passion for education but I quickly discovered an affinity for design and jewellery. Although I have strayed far from teaching, I always make sure that it is part of my business and growth. As confident as I always was about my goals, the reality when it comes to jewellery design as a career choice is that it is not as popular or realistic within our society. At career days, no jewellery designers or practising artists were ever present, which I suppose allowed me to focus more on studying and then forming my own opinions on where I wanted to end up. My constant determination to grow seeps into all aspects of my life, no place more than my home and personal style. I’m in the ‘I like it, I buy it’ phase. My husband, however, is not too keen on giving up any more cupboard space, so the pieces at my parents’ house in Grassy Park live a pretty uneventful life until I sneak them into the boot. My style changes and develops as I do, but I must admit that the younger Stacy still creeps through: a mix of what I was and who I am now, as a more refined woman, is the best way forward. I think the rebellion remains, though, and I love a good dress paired with a touch of street-style, like sneakers. My jewellery, however, meanders on a path of a refined, delicate, elegant, yet bold aesthetic. I prefer dressing up to dressing down and I always find something lovely at Good clothing and The Space in Cavendish. As a local producer, supporting local designers has become important to me, which is easier to do when you stay in the loop of what’s happening around you. I am someone who loves and lives for the moment, whether it is enjoying the train ride from Cologne to Pforzheim in Germany in winter or having a quality moment with my husband alone at home. I believe it’s very important to be grateful and appreciative, and therefore I love my work, I like being able to assist the wearer in relaying their style and personality. Jewellery crowns the outfit and adds to the story that fashion and clothing tell, from one moment to the next. The most important things in life are usually right in front of us. Once you have identified them, hold on and take care if them – so, for me, the family wins! Then hot chips. Then the possibility of greatness. And, finally, a good pen to write about or draw the journey.
Clockwise from below Stacy wearing one of her A Ring To It designs; sandals on a textured stool; hanging out in her living room.
Clockwise from left A collection of Stacy’s books; her jewellery tool box; the natural beauty of a single protea; in her living room; a necklace from A Ring To It; fun books and camera.