STUDIO VISIT: Andria Crescioni of Crescioni
Artist: Andria Crescioni
Andria Crescioni’s architecturally chic accessories will be on display at the Craft Fair again this season with new colorways worth salivating over, including Turmeric and Olive. Her playfully structured goods make an impactful statement, reflecting expert quality and craftsmanship.
Crescioni is a collection of handmade accessories designed by Andria Crescioni since 2013. The pieces blend Andria’s understated and earthy simplicity and showcase traditional craft techniques. Each Crescioni piece is made in-house or by skilled craftspeople in Los Angeles. The palm collection is developed in collaboration with artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Echo Park Craft Fair is celebrating our 10 year anniversary this Holiday, 2019. Can you speak to how long you’ve been doing the Fair and how the EPCF community has contributed to the evolution of your work and business?
This is my sixth year at the Echo Park Craft Fair; Rachel and Beatrice invited me to take part when I first launched my collection. As a then 24-year-old, getting to know so many inspiring female entrepreneurs who were living life on their own terms was really impactful. Over the years, our businesses have grown and a loving community has formed. I’m grateful to be a part of it.
Please tell us about the current work you will featuring this Holiday and speak a bit to how you/your work as evolved over the last decade?
For the holiday fair I’ll be showing my staple pieces in classic and seasonal colorways, as well as new handbag and earring styles. I’ve expanded my collection slowly each season with new shapes and materials and I’m always excited to share what I’ve been working on with the Echo Park Craft Fair community.
The ethics of production are on our minds a lot recently – questions of sustainability, fair labor, location, and artistic integrity. How do these concepts come into play in your craft and your business? What choices do you make that take into account these ideas?
All of the metal jewelry and handbags are created by local craftspeople, allowing me to be hands-on in the production and development process. I’ll continue to support the local manufacturing community here in Los Angeles and seek out handmade, natural materials.
Can you speak a bit to your process? What inspires your work? What techniques do you use to produce your designs? What is the history behind those techniques, and does that inform how you utilize them in your process?
I make my signature leather jewelry and bag hardware in-house using a wet molding method and hand sew all of my seams with a saddle stitch. This technique has been used in traditional saddle-making and makes for a durable piece that can withstand wear and patinas beautifully over time.
What is your underlying philosophy/core vision for your work? And what impact do you hope your creative work will have on your community?
Quality and intention are the guiding principles of my work. I believe in preserving craft and creating beautiful, wearable pieces in the process.