We couldn't be more excited to launch our newest line of necklaces by talented Australian maker, Sofie Wright of Poly. Her use of bright colors, unique materials and an overall fun aesthetic is what caught our eye and the quality of her craft is what really makes us pleased to make these pieces available to all of you! Plus, Sofie brought two of our own designs to life as part of a limited edition SG x Poly collaboration. We shot her a few questions about herself and her inspiration, and we're sharing the answers below!
Can't wait? Shop the collection here.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I'm a jewelry designer from Perth, Western Australia. I actually studied to be an elementary school teacher but decided to put that on hold when my jewelry label Poly really took off. In 2010 I married my husband Ben and moved to New York for two and a half years. Now we're back in Perth and try to travel as much as possible!
How did you start making jewelry and what lead you to working with polymer clay specifically?
I couldn't find any necklaces in the style I wanted so I decided to try and make them myself. I fell in love with polymer clay from the first time I used it. I found it really easy to use and to translate my ideas. I got a great response from friends and family and that gave me the confidence to start my label, Poly.
What helped you perfect your craft?
A lot of trial and error. When I first started I wasted a lot of clay just messing around and finding out what colors and shapes look good together. Now I'm a bit more deliberate and restrained in my process.
What inspires the colors and shapes you use and create?
Instagram and Pinterest are a great source of inspiration for the colors and shapes I use. Sometimes I see a weaving or a painting with a great color combination. Some of the Instagram pages I'm really loving at the moment are @studioarhoj @stampelstudio @josephinenoel @presentandcorrect @_jujujust_ and @happymundane.
Describe your typical day and bits of your jewelry-making process
I try and get my orders off in the morning and squeeze some exercise in. I probably spend 2-3 hours making beads. Then there's stringing them onto chains and making sure they hang right. Once a week I try and take product shots of new necklaces. Also responding to emails and keeping up on Instagram! I've never worked so much, but then it doesn't feel like work because I love it so much!
Is there something that needs to be happening (or not happening) around you in order for you to be totally “in the zone” while working?
I always have the T.V on in the background while I'm making beads and my space needs to be extra clean and free of dust! Polymer clay seems to be a magnet for a dust so it's a never ending battle!
When you’re not making, what can we find you doing?
I'm obsessed with mid century modern furniture. I'm always looking out for pieces on Gumtree and Craigslist. I love drawing and painting too. Travelling and hiking is another favourite. I just got back from a trip down the west coast of Canada/America and went hiking in some amazing places. My next plan is to hike the Bibbulmun in Western Australia.
Is there another art form you’ve always wanted to dabble in?
Ceramics. I keep saying I'm going to enroll in a class!
Why do you think shopping small is so important? What sets your handcrafted pieces apart from what someone can buy at a department store?
I think there's something special about having a handmade piece. No two pieces are ever exactly the same. You know about the artist and the work that goes in to every piece. It's a lot more personal.
What’s your favorite place to grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail in Australia?
I'm coffee obsessed. Perth has a lot of good coffee but I still haven't found my perfect spot yet. In New York there's a coffee shop called Ninth Street Espresso that I love. I just bought an AeroPress and my parents bought us a Nespresso last year for our anniversary. They are on constant rotation.