d A K O T A r A E d U S T
Colourful, statement Jewellery and accessories. Handmade in Bristol, pairing bold vinyl prints with lovingly sourced vintage and recycled
hello, i'm Bec, owner and designer maker behind dAKOTA rAE dUST.
dAKOTA rAE dUST is not my actual name, but a pseudonym. A character to slip into, inspired by a longtime love of dressing up, and an escape to a place filled with fluorescent fringe, bold, colourful patterns and vintage prints.
My work is playful and bold and in some cases has quite a theatrical element to it. This means my pieces are often bought for special occasions or to wear at festivals where people really want to stand out.
My colourful. statement jewellery and accessories pair bold vinyl prints with vintage and recycled fabrics, which I source from charity shop sale rails, recycling centres and house clearances.
I love that by using vintage and recycled fabrics something old and discarded can become precious. The secondhand fabrics that inspire my work often become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the piece giving them new life and purpose. My designs are completely unique partly because of the unpredictability and limited availability of the materials I use. One of the big benefits of using preloved fabrics is exclusivity, every piece is limited edition and a collection cannot be reproduced.
I combine these fabrics with distinctive and vibrant (often fluorescent or glittery!) vinyl cut patterns and shapes that I design on Illustrator, allowing me to create interesting textures by layering these multiple elements within my designs.
Contrast is important in my work, combining something old with something new, mixing a painterly vintage print with a bold, digitally designed, fluorescent pattern or elements of machined with hand stitch. My favourite pieces are the most labour intensive, involving multiple techniques and surfaces, stitched by both machine and hand.
I began sewing, initially for entirely selfish reasons. My day job at the time required me to wear a boiler suit or the same paint covered clothing 5 days a week, so come the weekend I was desperate to claim back my style. Getting dressed was my creative outlet and my outfit a statement that this time was my own. I printed, stitched and embellished garments and accessories for myself that made getting dressed F U N !
Requests from friends and eventually strangers meant my hobby began taking up alot of my time and I am no longer wearing the boiler suit!!
I now sell my statement jewellery, recycled fabric rosettes and embellished sweatshirts regularly at The Frome Independent and several other markets and craft events including The Tobacco Factory Sunday Market, Native Makers, Etsy Made Local and Crafty Fox. My work can also be found in a select few Independent shops around Bristol and my sister in (UN)law's cafe, Jackalope on Gloucester road.
My life has always revolved around my creativity. Different eras are marked out in my memory by the project or creative outlet that i was focusing on at the time.
Before i made jewellery I wrote erotic poetry and created hand cut collages to accompany them. During my 20s I channelled my creativity into costume making and designing flyers for vinyl spinning alter egos, C-SHELL and B-CUP A.K.A The Slutty Oysters! I spent time stitching fabric versions of spray painted monsters and generally assisting with all kinds of bonkers behaviour with street artist BORTUSK LEER.
Creativity is my SUPER POWER. it brings me purpose, it SPARKS my JOY, it is the catalyst for the best types of FUN . . . it basically makes me . . . ME.
The HAPPY PLACE or sweet spot of a state that can be reached when all is well and the creativity is flowing is known in my house as 'A JOY BUBBLE' . . . and that is why i make.
I’m a firm believer in colour’s ability to lift mood, and that dressing to please ourselves can be empowering and confidence building.
I want to create jewellery and accessories that bring all these benefits to the wearer.
I live and work in BRISTOL. COLOURFUL, REBELLIOUS and CREATIVE, bursting with incredible food and GOOD PEOPLE . . . Bristol is a fierce supporter of independents. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO BE SMALL!
Our city has a vibrant maker scene and supportive creative community, which I feel very lucky to be a part of.