Les Arts Plastiques: Funky Mid-Century Modern Art Inspired Jewelry

Alicia Pawlowski, aka Les Arts Plastiques, has been welcomed repeat vendor with Bison since 2012 and for good reason: HER WORK IS FABULOUS! We're always happy to hear stories from her London adventures! Alicia had this to say about her work: "I make one of a kind, limited run jewelry in sterling silver and brass with a lot of gemstones. My designs are heavily inspired by art deco and mid-century motifs." We love art with a story around Bison headquarters: Do yourself a favour and ask Alicia about her pieces in person, you will not regret it. 

Keep up with Alicia's progress on instagram (@lesartsplastiques) and read on down below to see what inspires her to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things? 
ALICIA: Instinct? I always have to be making something—it’s an itch I need to scratch. I was always the kid who had to craft. In elementary school I’d peddle my Britney Spears inspired fringed beaded necklaces on the bus. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ALICIA: New stone setting techniques! Signet rings! A collection inspired by prairie botanicals meets ancient roman hoard.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
ALICIA: Living part time in London has been hugely inspiring. The Victoria & Albert museum has one of the biggest and broadest collections of jewellery in the world, I head on down on the regular and sketch away to my hearts’ content surrounded by literally, all the jewellery. Expect more funky midcentury modern art inspired jewels down the pipe for me. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ALICIA: The late Naum Slutzky (not just for sharing my nickname—plz don’t include that bad joke). He was probably the only jeweller tied to the Bauhaus movement. Alexander Calder, the dude who gave us those amazing mobiles among his sculptures, also made really great jewellery.  The theme for these 2 is that they’re both long dead.

Of Bisoneers past and present, Jeanie Andronyk is hugely inspiring, as is my pal Emily Chu.

www.lesartsplastiques.ca <<< head on over to Alicia's shop to check out what she has for sale!

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