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State of Quirk
State of Quirk is Angie van Manen, maker of repurposed vintage jewellery. Each piece, whether, earrings, bracelets or necklaces, is crafted from recycled items to create unique jewellery and accessories for the adornment of the creative and quirky women who is seeking something a little different.
I am a designer – maker who works with recycled items and materials to create unique jewellery and accessories, for the adornment of the creative and quirky woman who is seeking something a little different. Recycling and resource sharing is central to my ethos and way of life. I see it as circular, believing the more we share our resources both in our communities and globally, the more we experience the satisfaction of giving and seeing our own needs met. In the relentless consumer culture we find ourselves in, anything recycled and re used has got to be good for the planet. And the less waste the better.
A major theme of my work is the way women in times past have shaped our lives today. Through the example of their phenomenal courage and resourcefulness, often in times of great economic and social hardship. There are countless women through the ages who have built a cottage industry, working from their kitchen tables, often far into the night, to provide themselves with the basic where with all to feed and clothe their families. Women struggling through seasons of loss, relocation, war time, widows and solo parents, women struggling to keep head above water during the Depression. Helping one another in the true sense of community. Making do and mending, beautifying their world as best they could, and in the process adorning themselves with flair and pizazz. I honour them and their changing faces as they march their way through each successive decade.
Virtually all the resources used are vintage and many are antique. When semi precious gemstones, or occasional new and unusual beads and findings are added, this will always be clearly listed. My stash stash of vintage treasures have been painstakingly procured over an eight year period - during hours spent trawling antique shops, car boot sales, 2nd hand shops, private collections and flea markets, and allow her to tell a story using unique and individual pieces.
During 6 years spent living in London, I was a member of the South London Women's recycled arts collective Skip Sisters (featured in the Guardian, and BBC Homes and Antiques), and regularly showed work at Jeannie Avent Gallery in East Dulwich, as well as at craft and eco fairs. Creating and selling necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, handbags and purses, key rings, cushions, clocks and customised clothing. A great debt of gratitude is owed to the Skip Sisters women, for the way they skill shared and educated, and for their unique off beat personalities and artistic talent. A year living in a castle in Dresden, East Germany, at an alternative music arts community, gave the opportunity to resource gather and further develop my design style.
My work work has been sold in New Zealand at Trelise Cooper Wellington, Designer Clothing Gallery Greytown, The Village Art Shop Greytown, Aratoi Museum, Cobblestones Museum, renowned artist Jane Kellahan's Martinborough Gallery, and Heart of Arts in Carterton, and has also included private commissions using either my own pieces or a clients' own treasures and relics.