Dysfunction Designs is a Glasgow based company owned by Kristy Rice that specializes in handcrafted, elegant and intricate jewelry and accessory pieces. Her collection of necklaces and bracelets boasts of tribal, natural and alternative influences. Notably, Rice’s choice in natural materials – colourful clay beads, wood and occasionally metals complement each other brilliant to create these beautiful and earthy pieces that can be worn by all free spirits.
Below is our interview with Kirsty Rice on her creative process and the inspiration behind her jewelry collection
MimosaLife – What was the inspiration behind Dysfunction Designs ?
Kirsty Rice – Originally, DysfunctionDesigns was nothing more than a hobby of mine. I’d started making jewellery for myself as I wasn’t happy with the selection available on the high street. Everything looked the same and I wanted something different, something that was more me. As time went by, I started to receive more and more compliments on my jewellery and the positive feedback from others sparked the idea to open my Etsy shop. Since then I’ve been striving to create funky, one of a kind pieces for all those individuals and free spirits out there who are looking for the same thing I was.
Mimosa Life -It is evident, that there is a tribal theme recurring in some of your jewelry pieces, where do these influences come from?
Kirsty Rice – I love, love, love the whole tribal look! I really like the style and also the freedom it represents. There are so many jewellery designers out there focusing on precious metals and gemstones, but that’s just not me. The natural, earthy style of a lot of my pieces is not only enjoyable to create, but it also reflects my own personality. I feel that it’s important to make something I’m passionate about so that my customers and fans get the most from my jewellery. Any other style of jewellery just wouldn’t cut it for me.
Mimosalife – Are all the individual pieces handmade?
Kirsty Rice – All of the jewellery available in my shop is made by me. I mainly use clay beads, all of which are made by me, by hand. I sometimes add natural handcrafted wooden and bone beads in some of my creations to compliment these. I also make custom pieces on request.
MimosaLife- What is the process or craftsmanship that goes in the creation of your jewelry collection?
Kirsty Rice -When creating clay beads, I cut off the amount of clay I need and condition it until it is ready to work with. I then sculpt and texture each bead by hand before curing them in an oven. They are then ready to be laid out in a pattern on my trusty bead tray, ready for stringing. I like to use elastic cord to create stretchy, one-size pieces, but I also use beading wires and closures to make easy to wear and extendable pieces.
MimosaLife- How many individuals are involved in Dysfunction Designs.
Kirsty Rice – The show is run by me, myself and I. I’m a one woman machine at the moment and I do everything personally, from making the jewellery to taking product photos and packaging the orders ready for shipping. I hope to get more people involved with DysfunctionDesigns in the future and have plans to expand and open a bricks and mortar shop.
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