Stacy Adri­aans

STACY ADRI­AANS, THE YOUNG DE­SIGNER BE­HIND HER BOOM­ING BRAND, A RING TO IT, SPILLS ON HER CRE­ATIVE JOUR­NEY

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - AS TOLD TO JARED ETHAN BLAKE

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.

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