Remember that kid at camp whose arts and crafts masterpieces made your macaroni jewelry seem half baked?
That was Kayla Mattes.
Flash-forward a few decades and the RISD grad is still putting your DIY efforts to shame with her new line of machine-knit and plastic lace (read: lanyard) woven necklaces, aptly titled Summer Camp.
Harking back to the glory days of s’mores and flashlight tag, the line’s twelve trippy, neon-spiked designs have names like First Kiss by the Council Fire (finely knit ropes braided into a chunky square pendant) and Sleep-away Rookie (holographic lace coiled tightly around a variegated strand).
For next fall, Mattes is working on epic-sounding pieces using industrial materials (rubber tubes, metal hardware).
So leave the elbow noodles in the pantry.
Available at Otherwild Goods & Services, 6727 7/8 Hollywood Boulevard, between North McCadden Place and North Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood (323-546-8437 or otherwild.com); at shopkaylamattes.us, $29 and up.
Photo: Courtesy of Kayla Mattes