Bianca Mavrick’s wildly popular jewellery looks considerably different to the first range she ever released… while in primary school. ‘I convinced my parents to let me sell the jewellery I had made at a local market,’ the designer, now 28, recalls. ‘They were made from seashells and beads back the, and I would sell pieces like beaded toe rings for $2 pocket money!’
When she wasn’t earning her keep as pint-sized entrepreneur, Bianca would be admiring her Grandmother’s box of old costume jewellery from the 1960’s to 1980’s, slowly reconstructing the pieces into new styles until she had pilfered the whole box! This wasn’t just a phase. Bianca went on to study Industrial Design at Queensland University of Technology, while also taking gold and silversmithing night classes. Next it was a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in jewellery and small objects at Queensland College of Art, graduating in 2014.
In late 2016, the designer was able to finish up her part-time job, and commit full time to design, in part thanks to a really large order from US retailer Anthropologie.
Bianca hasn’t looked back, and will this week launch her latest line, ‘Bel Air’. The range evolved from exploring private residences-turned-museums and art galleries, dreaming up what a visitor might wear in such spaces. ‘It has an interesting balance of composite materials, and is designed in a way that I can continue to make the pieces from my studio in higher volumes,’ adds the ever-pragmatic creative.‘It’s also wearable with lots of distinct motifs that are full of personal subtext, like magnets to symbolise personal power, and torso curves and archway shapes that symbolise empowerment and confidence in a space.’
The designer really draws on her Industrial Design background to inform her process, using industrial surface finishes like matte rubber coated metal, colour coatings and uniquely patterned Italian cellulose plastics.
Developing a visual language that is offbeat, original and unseen is a highlight for Bianca, and she is so chuffed her efforts have been embraced both at home and overseas. She is currently working on an exclusive body of work for Pieces of Eight gallery in the new year, and has new lines for Australian and international stockists in the pipeline. Taking style cues from our big-earring-loving columnist and constant collaborator Fiona Killackey, we can’t wait to pop a pair of Bianca’s pieces on for our next glamorous gallery visit!
If you’re in Brisbane, Bianca Mavrick’s ‘Bel Air’ collection is launching at the Institute of Modern Art in this Saturday night.