Today marks my first product release after finishing an OCAD Master of Design degree, and it also happens to be the day the OCAD University Senate confers my degree: Mantra and See to It earrings from Wild Moon.
During quarantine in May, I bought a 3D printer for Pandemic Post: Retrofuturist Mail Art.
I got to talking to Asia Clarke, one of my OCAD classmates, via text message over the summer about the jewelry design possibilities. We ended up doing a jewelry design collaboration via text, and the two different designs launched today on her Wild Moon Jewelry website. Asia described to me the approximate dimensions of an earring and I used a technique I had been playing with for picture frames to integrate text into a hoop earring. And Asia took it from there to do her jewelry magic. The results are amazing.
Photography by Anothony Gebrehlwot.
100% of proceeds will go to supporting the Black Legal Action Centre, a non-profit community legal clinic that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents of Ontario.
100% of proceeds will go to supporting the Free Black University, a radical educational institution that exists to transform and to hold a space for the creation of radical knowledge that pertains to our collective freedom and healing.
Earlier drafts of these had a little bit of a life on social media.
This photo, by—I think—Cricket Guest, is an early draft. Some early experiments were colored with spray paint, whereas for the final version, we used tinted filament. (I apparently had it on backwards.)
And the early draft design also had a life at 52 Division in Toronto in July.
I am so proud that something I helped design has seen public release!