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Joyce Makitalo: Darhata

The jewelry designer serves up a small but sweet collection of her raw and bold pieces for summer.
Joyce Makitalo: Darhata The jewelry designer serves up a small but sweet collection of her raw and bold pieces for summer.

Jewelry designer Joyce Makitalo continues as a favorite of ours as she gives us yet another array of bold, spirited pieces. Her Darhata collection was created for Manila F.A.M.E., the trade show organized by CITEM and Josie Natori. Inspired by the works of Darhata Swabi, a master weaver from Jolo, Sulu, Darhata is the latest addition to Joyce's repertoire of raw and mystical jewelry.

Read on for a quick chat with her, and click on the photo gallery to see her pieces.

WHAT WAS YOUR POINT OF REALIZATION WHEN YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO DESIGN JEWELRY?

It was the time when I first saw my drawing come to life. It felt like I was meeting my child for the first time.

WHAT DO YOU THINK LED YOU TO YOUR RAW, BOLD DESIGN AESTHETIC, AND YOUR DESIGN PERSPECTIVE?

My obsession about the '60s era had a lot to do with it. It was a time when young people were soul-searching and looking to different world cultures and religions for answers. They boldly expressed themselves through music and fashion. There were a lot of jewelry from India and the American Indian tribes. That era seemed so genuine.

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WHAT DO YOU FIND IS THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGNING JEWELRY?

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For me, it is the freedom and the power to create pieces that push people to be a bit more adventurous. I love witnessing some sort of a transformation. I often hear, "Golly, it's too big for me!"—then after ten minutes, "I'll take it."

WHAT KIND OF JEWELRY DO YOU LOVE TO SEE A WOMAN WEARING?

It's interesting how huge, masculine pieces (watches, jewelry) make women look more feminine and sexy.

IF YOU HAD TO PICK, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE FROM DARHATA, AND WHY?

The knuckledusters. They look so futuro-ethnic-punk.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR, BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY?

I'm looking forward to London and to recording music.

Click here for Joyce Makitalo's Designer Directory.

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