Maison des Perles

Japanese needlework artist Môko Kobayashi renders haute couture embroidery playfully accessible

While haute couture has, in recent years, moved toward displaying the textural qualities of embellishment through abstraction, Maison des Perles brooches, pins and necklaces are largely representational. Founding artist Môko Kobayashi uses classical haute couture embroidery techniques to create playful accessories that shimmer and enchant. Kobayashi approaches her subjects with a penetrating attention to detail. Each bead is reminiscent of a pixel; every one critical …

Julie Rofman Jewelry

Colorful geometric beadwork in an artistic update to the classic friendship bracelet

Call them jazzed-up friendship bracelets or modernist beadwork, Julie Rofman’s colorful cuffs reinvent hippie tropes—even if the Northern California studio overlooking the ocean where she makes them might suggest otherwise. With Andrew Bird or NPR streaming and a horse grazing next door, the Massachusetts native draws on her background as a painter to create intricately-patterned pieces with subtly shifting shades and finishes. This attention to …