“I design what I feel like I need.”

Interview: Fay Andrada

Rachel/March 05, 2013

Fay Andrada is a designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY, with her own line of metals jewelry. Fay studied metalsmithing at the Maine College of Art. She holds a BA from New York University and an MA from the London College of Communication.


Fay’s work is steeped in handmade traditions. Each piece of her jewelry is unique and embraces the imperfection of the human hand. Using hammers, files and flame, Fay aims to shape humble metals into modern artifacts.

We stocked up on Fay’s beautiful jewelry, and asked her a few questions about the line.

How would you describe your collection in four words or less?

FA: clean, simple, somehow different


Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started?

FA: My background is in graphic design and illustration, mostly here in New York City. I spent a little time in Maine, where it seemed like everyone had taken least one jewelry class. So I took a metal-smithing class and was instantly obsessed.

What is your artistic process like?

FA: I design what I feel like I need. There’s an interview with Lorne Michaels where he talks about how there is no creativity without boundaries, how creativity is “solving the problem within the container.” That rings so true for me. I have to set pretty strict parameters before designing anything. Like an imaginary brief, I will decide that I need a ring that does this, this and this, but not that… or that.


You are also an illustrator – how does that play into your jewelry designs?

FA: I like to think about individual shapes, how different angles can relate to the body, but also how they stand on their own. I’m not sure I can get behind a piece that looks good on, but is a total shit-show on a white background.

What artists or designers inspire you? Are there direct influences to your jewelry?

FA: Right now I seem to be really drawn to menswear. And I’m always looking for inspiration from modern architecture because a building has to be an actual building first and foremost. That’s why I like the Swedish brand Acne, they’re always re-imagining the basics.

If you weren’t designing jewelry, what would you be doing?

FA: Okay, if age and ability are not factors, I would be a dancer on tour with Madonna and/or Beyonce. If I have to be realistic, I would most likely be doing my old job and planning my next vacation.


How do you take your coffee?

FA: Yeah no, I can’t drink coffee. Not a good idea.

What’s on your favorite sandwich?

FA: Egg and cheese on a toasted bialy.


Thanks Fay! Shop Fay Andrada spring jewelry here.


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