About

Owner and designer maker
dAKOTA rAE dUST

Hello, I'm

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.

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I make jewellery. . . with a sewing machine

Combining vintage, new and recycled fabrics with bold vinyl prints to create PLAYFUL pieces that are FUN to wear.

ALL THE COLOUR . . . glitter . . . and TASSELS!

Since starting my business back in 2014 I have embellished garments (T-shirts, sweatshirts and babygrows), sewn clutch purses, rosettes and cushions . . . but found people get really passionate about JEWELLERY.
I’m a firm believer in colour’s ability to lift mood, and that dressing to please ourselves can be empowering and confidence building.
CREATING STATEMENT PIECES THAT GIVE OTHERS An opportunity TO EXPRESS AND CELEBRATE THEMSELVES IS SOMETHING I FEEL PASSIONATELY ABOUT.
MORE JOYFUL JEWELLERY, MORE SELF LOVE!​

MORE IS MORE, right?

My work is bright, playful and bold.
This means my larger pieces are often bought to be worn at special occasions such as weddings, Birthdays and festivals. . . but i would like to add, I see absolutely nothing wrong with donning a GIANT pair of statement tassel earrings on the school run/when you pop to the veg shop.

Shake what your EXQUISITE GOOD TASTE gave you!

HAND STITCHED WITH LOVE

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.
My colourful, statement jewellery and accessories are cut from and embellished with, vintage, new and recycled fabrics.
I source my secondhand textiles from charity shop sale rails, recycling centres and jumbletrails, and accept unwanted fabric offcuts from generous fellow makers and friends.
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.
I love that by using vintage and recycled fabrics something old and discarded can become precious. The secondhand fabrics that inspire and feature in my work often become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the creation, giving them new a life and purpose.
One of the big benefits of using preloved fabrics is exclusivity. Every necklace, pair of earrings or headdress is a limited edition. My designs are completely unique partly because of the unpredictability and limited availability of the materials i use.

WEST COUNTRY born and bred

I live and work in BRISTOL. COLOURFUL, REBELLIOUS and CREATIVE, bursting with incredible food and GOOD PEOPLE . . .
Bristol is a fierce supporter of independent businesses.
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.

MARKETS & STOCKISTS

I sell my statement jewellery, recycled fabric rosettes and embellished sweatshirts at markets and craft events in Bristol, across the South West and occasionally in London. I don't currently have any in-person trading booked but hope to be back, with pegboards dripping in jewellery, very soon.

In the meantime, my work can be found in a select few Independent shops around Bristol and my sister in (UN)law's cafe, Jackalope on Gloucester road.

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