Friday, 27 October 2017

Indie creations: Lorena Balea-Raitz and her Romania with a bit of Ink & Lace

Colourful treads "draw" stories and recall family memories but need a storyteller like Lorena Balea-Raitz to do it! Ink & Lace is her novelbold structured jewels made with an Eastern and mysterious country in mind, bearers of ancient traditions.

I like thinking about Lorena like the child I was once, with my little hands all tangled in cotton and woollen yarns while my grandmas were able to sew whatever they liked and created endless scarves and detailed crochet laces...

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by LorenaBalea Raitz, One Neon Yellow crochet necklace
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, sculptural crochet necklace

There's something more running through Lorena's hands: her past, her culture, her heritage. That's something making her closer to a colleague archaeologist.

How and when was your shop born?
My shop was born actually late, two years ago. I started to teach Romanian Point Lace here in Brisbane and people were interested in book workshops. 
This is how my journey started. In the meantime, I designed jewellery using the same technique that I teach for workshops. 

Could you tell us something about your background? Where are you from?
I come from Transylvania, Romania but being half German I grew up in Germany almost all my life. After I finished school I lived in Los Angeles where my fashion career started. I went to College there and moved back to Romania where I studied fashion and worked as a designer.

When have you met your passion for creations?
I guess you can make my mum responsible for that as well as my grandma. LOL They were always making clothes for us because back then when Romania was under the communist regime, there was not much available. 
Fabrics..... no way, but we had threads galore! So that is how I fell in love with cottons, linen threads and learned different techniques to create lace, ancient designs, old crochet, etc....

 Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, Lariat crochet bracelet made in Australia
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, multiways crochet long necklace

What's your goal?
My goal is to make my brand known to make Ink & Lace a to go company when it comes to unique statement jewellery
, learning Romanian Point Lace - a technique that I try desperately to keep alive and a brand that is known for unique bold, and feminine fashion art and fashion style branding.

How do you imagine your typical customer?
My typical customer is a woman who knows what she wants, a woman who dares to be original and wants to make a statement with her jewellery.
My typical customer is not defined by social status or age. My customer is an interesting person who shows style and personality via its outfit.

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz
Lorena Balea-Raitz interview

What inspires you the most?
I get inspired by cultures, but the places I have been and sometimes by the trends, colours, and of course threads :)

Do you have an inspiring place, where do you create or sketch the product?
I do have a little office where the magic happens, sometimes early in the morning where you can hear only the kookaburra or late at night when the bats fly near the window. You find me almost all day at my desk testing out threads, blogging about them, teaching lace or sketching fashion. 

Do you have a project for the near future?
Yes, I am working on a few projects at the same time- madness galore! LOLI have a book cover illustration to finish and I am working on some new prints! That said about art and the other projects involve two new lines one about custom necklaces introducing gemstones and the other a fashion collection - an accessory line inspired by Cubas National Flower La Mariposa.

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, statement necklace
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, Lariat crochet body chain

And so, I've met Lorena for a virtual coffee and discovered a wearable way to keep the past alive with something feminine like bright colours, elegance and also a bit of beach style. 
But intricated patterns and fragile flowers aren't her solely proposals: customizable accessories for the fanatics, workshops and knitting kits for those who instead want to play like us as little girls, illustrations for those how would love a Miranda Priestly-worth livingroom.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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