GRASSROOTSESIGNS blends lustrous metal with classic marble and bold acrylic to create original jewelry that is easily styled; reflecting confidence, femininity and independence of spirit.
The artistic process of a design can vary from hours of visualizing, drawing, forming, testing and often reshaping to the material just becoming what it is. The creation of the pieces are all done by hand, by Darya, at her home studio.
"When I have a moment I enjoy watching the world go by while I day dream about shapes, colours and materials and the feelings they provoke when combined. I love the complete freedom of nature juxtaposed with the controlled lines of human creation, specifically, architecture. They create a tension that is interesting and I try to reflect that in my jewelry: A cuff is very controlled in shape but the fold form technique creates uncontrolled layers. The geometric shape of a reticulated piece is hard and structured but the texture from the reticulation is wild and unruly."
Because each piece is handmade, no two are alike, which is part of the beauty and attraction of GRASSROOTSDESIGNS' work.
"A theme carried throughout all areas of my life is clean living, from growing as much of our own food as possible, to building a non toxic, eco friendly home, to living chemical free. That same theme has been carried over into my creating. I am very careful to use pure metals, non toxic cleaners and natural finishes (most pieces are left nude without finish). Paired with quality workmanship, every woman can wear my jewelry with confidence. Little in my studio goes to waste so it is not uncommon to see off cuts of metal strewn about the work bench. They often spark an idea so it is also not uncommon to see those off cuts turned into prototypes and partially finished inspirations scattered about the rest of the studio."
"The saying it takes a village can easily be applied to what I do as it is truly a family affair. From Nana (who tirelessly provides childcare), to Father (who endlessly gives hands on assistance), to Mother (who constantly listens to new concepts), to Husband (who eagerly carries and sets up displays), to Son (who is so well behaved and always willing to give an opinion). I cannot do what I do without them."