Andria Crescioni understands balance: simple versus bold, rural versus urban, traditional versus innovative. When it comes to her work, finding equal footing between these contrasting elements comes naturally to the Los Angeles-based designer, who came into jewelry by way of fashion. It was as a fashion design student at Parsons that Andria became drawn to the handmade process found in traditional crafts. After graduation, she worked with a weaving and sewing cooperative in Peru.
Her eponymous jewelry line, Crescioni, brings her knowledge of construction and development techniques to a new medium. Andria takes inspiration from the rural desert landscape and the American West, researching methods from Western crafts that she deconstructs and repurposes as she stitches each piece by hand to create bold necklaces, bracelets, and belts.
Andria spoke to Handful of Salt on her creative process and what inspires her.
How did Crescioni get started? I started Crescioni in 2013, so this is a new journey for me. I attended Parsons School of Design, and through experiences there, realized I have a very visceral connection to traditional crafts and the handmade process. After graduation, I spent time in Peru working with a weaving and sewing cooperative. My time in Peru provided me with a new perspective—to embrace simplicity, to work with my hands, and to live a more balanced life. I moved back to Los Angeles, where I’m from, with that perspective and began working on the line.
Your focus as a student at Parsons was on apparel—how does your background in apparel influence your work in jewelry making? The process is very similar for me. I’m constantly using research and development techniques that I’ve acquired through my apparel background in my current work. I also am thoughtful about how my accessories can be styled to work with a wide range of wardrobes.
Crescioni is inspired by the craft and culture of the American West. What drew you to this style, and what elements from the traditional craft techniques do you use for Crescioni? I’d say the American West informs my work on a subtle level, the freedom and ingenuity of the West influences me to work the way that I do. I tend to look to traditional techniques like saddle making and deconstruct certain methods. From there, I experiment with new shapes and proportions.
How has living and working in Los Angeles influenced your work? It’s ideal for me to be living in an urban city with easy access to nature. I spend a lot of time exploring the Mojave Desert, especially Joshua Tree, and the Santa Monica Mountains. Being able to unwind and disconnect from the city is a big perk of living in Los Angeles. The community of artists and designers here is amazing, too.
Where do you source your leather, and how does working with leather affect your design process? I source Argentinian vegetable tanned leather from a local supplier here in Los Angeles. Leather is my absolute favorite medium to work with. It really tells a story with age and wear—I love seeing how my pieces improve over time. I work by hand with traditional leatherworking tools, which allows for me to be quite nomadic if I need to be. I can set up my workspace even if I’m traveling.
Where do you go, or what do you do, to get inspired? Hiking in the deserts and mountains around Los Angeles is the perfect way for me to lose myself and daydream about new projects.
What’s next for Crescioni? Slow and thoughtful growth!