Friday, August 15, 2008

Indie Designer Spotlight - Acrylicana

A list of things that would typically make cute themes for jewelry:

Cake, yes.
Fruit, definitely.
Ice cream, yeah.
Sushi, sure why not?
Blue poo.....huh?

That last one doesn't sound like it would be an ideal subject for women's fashion accessories but I've found a designer who can, in the words of Tim Gunn, "make it work."

Mary Winkler, the creative mind and talent behind Acrylicana, is a freelance illustrator and designer currently based in the Metro Detroit area.

specializes in jewelry, accessories, shoes, paper goods, toys, and much more.

Mary uses materials such as plastic, canvas and paint to make any items that can be printed, and occasionally sculpted, from her unique and humorous illustrations.

Many of the subjects for Acrylicana items are things we love like desserts, hearts and cute, girlie bows. However, there are also a few unconventional, less-than-desirable subjects such as coloured excrement and toilet paper, but Mary even manages to make those look totally cute and wearable!

In the Acrylicana Shop Announcement on Etsy, Mary tells her customers that "Handmade items are best when cared for as little treasures" and that is exactly what
Acrylicana items are - little treasures.

Mary has been drawing, painting and crafting things since she could hold a crayon, so she says that Acrylicana is just an extention of that. The label is also the basis of her career as an illustrator and designer.

Mary draws inspiration for her Acrylicana designs from a specific group of art styles and well-known personalities.

"I simply love Erte, Charlie Harper, and Hugh Hefner. The design sense of Harper, the fabulous fashion and lovely ladies of Erte, and the business sense of Hef -- I aspire to combine that in my work and really, looking at it, need to push forth so much more with that in mind.

I also really get inspired by cartoons from the 30's and 40's, pop art from around the world, and fashion."

The price range of Acrylicana items currently in stock is from US$1 to US$120.

Visit the
Acrylicana Etsy shop to see more delightful merchandise or to buy something of your own!


The Seeker said...

Soooo cute things ;)

Thanks for sharing with us.


Anonymous said...

okay. i want EVERY SINGLE piece of jewelry you've posted of hers. they are amazing!

jess said...

here stuff looks great. I love the bubblegum machine necklace

WendyB said...

The toast is very funny.

Sharon Rose said...

Hi Danz-you always pick great subjects for your posts!! Lovely items, my fave is the bubble gum machine pendant!!Have a great day!!

Bonnie said...

They're soooooo cute!
I luv the bread ring! (:
Kisses from Brazil! (beijos)

christina said...

Hahaha, the blue poop is disgustingly cute. I love her line of accessories. <3

Songy said...

those purple shoes are just far out! I don't know maybe a little piece of something could go.. maybe I'm more of an introvert for these types of things.

I did do a search on your blog to see if you did have that premio thingie.. must have missed it. :)

Ida said...

I love those tiny but precious pieces of jewelry - so cute and original.

Anonymous said...

What nice things, so cute and bold!

Anonymous said...

oooh pretty i want some of those hair clips!

and thank your for the AMAZIN COMMENT!!!!


love anything kitsch and those designers certainly are even the blue poo ;o)
thanks for sharing about Mary's designs

rohit said...

how was your day?
i liked your blog
you are fantastic!!!

really nice blog
fabulous fantastic

Sunniva said...

These pieces are adorable! I especailly love the necklaces, I so want one. Thank you so much for sharing, dear, you're always so clever at posting new and interesting things!


Dapper Kid said...

Love the shoes! All the designs are adorable :)

Savvy Mode SG said...

so cute. i don't know about using them for myself now but i can definitely appreciate the fun.

Mer said...

great shop! thanks for sharing!!

bronwyn said...

Some cute stuff here...although I'm not too sure about the shoes:)

English Rose said...

i love the shoes.
im not sure i'm daring enough to wear them but they look great!


The Seeker said...

Thank you dear for your support about my mother.

Enjoy the rest of this day.


LuLu124 said...

awwwesome trinkets!!!! loove those shoes, and everything is just so adorable :D xoxo, lulu

Kira Fashion said...

Adorable fashio shoes!!!

a kiss!!!

CoutureCarrie said...

Really fun and youthful designs! Love those purple pumps!

And Danz, you are so incredibly thoughtful!!! I had not heard about that contest yet, so I will go check it out right now! Thank you :)


fashion herald said...

adorable, and I like the inspirations!

ellie said...

thanks so much for you comment. i love it. good, to know I'm not the only one with friends like that.

Such cool stuff..

Blue poo???gotta wonder about that one, though.

Cate said...

hey! i've come back yesterday... coloured excrement, LOL! but i do like her things, very cute. and cartoons from the 30s and 40s inspire me too!

revel in me said...

Omg, I love the shoes, ADORABLE!

Wendiva said...

oooh sushi ones would be soooo cute!!! i love the shoes, all of them are so hot :)

issa said...

ridiculously cute.

LML said...

really cute and kitshy! thanks for posting :)

enc said...

Cute and quirky!

Debbie Shiamay said...

I love them all!!! So cute and colorful! The ice cream is my favee.

Fusion said...

You have been given an:
I love your blog award
by: Fusion through Design

Belowen said...

Very cute! Thankyou for sharing!

PAM said...

it reminds me of the accessories those jap girls wear in vivi magazines :) actually, asia has a lot of these at really cheap prices! :):) yey!

April said...

those shoes are to die for! thanks for sharing :]

Anonymous said...

I like her creations, but she can be very rude at times on DeviantArt (Read her FAQ on there and the comments on the FAQ to see what I mean).

I also think its all a bit too over priced. Its the only thing thats put me off wanting to by her yummy work.