WHEREDYA GET THOSE NECKLACES?
These are made by an amazing artist I met about a month ago! She lives in Brooklyn. Her name is Becca, and her brand is called “Ultra Terrestrial.” I actually met her at a comics convention in Chicago, but she sells all of her stuff online.
What does “Ultra Terrestrial” mean? Is that like “extra terrestrial,” an alien?
Well…I had to look it up in the dictionary, but apparently it’s anything that’s supernatural but NOT an alien. It has to come from this planet. So it’s a mix of the familiar and the strange. It’s a pretty intriguing name, and I think it suits the art style perfectly.
How would you describe the style?
It’s definitely a mix of pop art and psychedelia. You get these bright colors and cartoony lines, which are so pleasing to my eyes! Some things seem a bit vintage, or maybe they just remind me of my 90s childhood, when everything was a million colors at once. There’s a mystical element too, and I kind of see these necklaces as power totems, too.
Are the necklaces made from wood?
Yeah, they are laser cut from wood. I think it adds a really interesting earthy organic-ness to them. The typical material choice for this style of jewelry would probably be plastic. So I think making them out of wood is kind of surprising. It makes it feel very handmade, like a countryside craft, or something. I was reading that the artist designs the jewelry out of Shrinky Dinks, first, and then has them produced in wood.
What are Shrinky Dinks?
Shrinky Dinks were a children’s toy and activity kit that were really popular in the 80s and 90s. They are basically large flexible sheets of plastic that you can cut and color by hand. Then you heat them in an oven, and they shrink to small hard plates without changing their color or shape. It can be a really simple and stylish way to make your own jewelry. I haven’t done it since I was really little, but I want to try it again!
You should! I’m curious why you decided to wear these necklaces today…
I’ve really been in an all black mood recently. I always kind of lean in that direction, but for the last few weeks I haven’t wanted to wear my colored shirts or pants at all. People joke about New Yorkers wearing all black, but it actually makes a lot of sense to me. Black is extremely stylish, and it’s so easy to wear. I think it’s perfect for summer, because it doesn’t show any sweat! But you have to spice it up, or it looks unoriginal. So I try to wear unique silhouettes. And I always gravitate toward colorful accessories. My socks are always bright and fun, I have my red glasses, and I love necklaces like this. Also, this is a secret, but I always match my underwear to my accessories too!
Wow! Ok, last question: do you have a philosophy about fashion, any advice for people?
I don’t think there are any rules about fashion. Fashion shouldn’t be work, it should be play. You should enjoy picking out what you are going to wear, and then enjoy wearing it. I know that not everyone enjoys fashion equally, but for me, it’s part of what motivates me, and makes me excited about the day. Even if it’s just my socks, I try to always be wearing something that I love. I also think that it doesn’t matter what size or color you are. If you want to pull something off, all you have to do is tell yourself you look good, and wear it with intention!
I love that! Such a positive message! Thanks, Sasha!
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