Feel Out Rachel Robertson’s Fiber Jewelry

The local designer is too cool for spool

Your 2014 mantra: Look on the bright side.

Apply that wisdom to your wardrobe with vibrant pieces from local designer Rachel Robertson.

The self-described fiber fanatic got her start designing windows as a display director for Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Inspired by textile artist Sheila Hicks and a leftover collection of yarn, Robertson began sketching and crafting experimental necklaces, plant pockets, and wall hangings.

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Metallic and neutral hues are reworked in a three-loop grouping of skinny ropes. The Rita necklace, made from knotted rope and wraps of linen, wool, and silk fibers, feels both funky (pops of red African beads) and functional (muted tones). We recommend layering several pieces over a chunky beaded necklace for a cool contrast with the soft fabric.

Up next: Robertson plans to incorporate fun accents (ceramic beads, leather) and new techniques (knitting) into her designs.

All brilliant ideas.

Available by special order at etsy.com, $40-$180. To see more styles, go to racheltrobertson.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Rachel Robertson