Featured Designer: Magdalena Stokalska
Wicked Peacock loves Boston-based jewelry designer, Magdalena Stokalska. Originally from Poland, Magdalena now calls the Boston-area home, and has been making inroads into the fashion scene ever since. Magdalena moved to Massachusetts 10 years ago, and started making jewelry in 2010. You’ll see her work in boutiques, editorials, fashion shows, and on international models. Her work has also been spotted on the runway during Providence and Boston fashion weeks to rave reviews from photographers and stylists.
Magdalena started out making accessories for herself, but originally hadn’t thought about it commercially. “To start, it was just for fun. However, my love for fashion and the urge to meet other people equally passionate about the industry inspired me to take my craft more seriously. I love how jewelry can transform any outfit.”
photo credit Marisa Camarra
Many of Magdalena’s pieces are as edgy as they are glamorous. Hidden among pearls and rhinestones, you’ll often find skulls, spikes, and mixed-metal chain fringe. But her jewelry is not all edge. Magdalena’s beaded collars, agate bracelets and pyrite fringe necklaces are a balance of bold and delicate, achieving a feminine look that surely makes a statement.
Stokalska works with a variety of materials, including semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, and mixed metal chains. All of her beadwork is done by hand. Chains, for their variety of use, are her favorite materials to work with."I start by sketching, and then playing with materials just to see if my designs will work visually. Then I work to see if what I want to make is possible technically. I’ve done a lot of research on the Internet to understand which tools to use, and different techniques. I feel like I've just started. There is so much more to learn.”
photo credit Bob Packert
Inspired by emotions, by people and their different moods, and by the world around her, Magdalena’s collections reflect this range of feeling. “It all depends on where I am in life. There's something new to experience every day that can inspire me. I’ve always been artistic. From drawing, to dancing, to altering my clothing, to painting, and now designing jewelry.”
Not only is she an amazing jewelry designer, but also a mother of two young sons. Her advice to young designers is to get out there. “Do you research, put yourself out there and get feedback. Don't be afraid to ask questions and reach out to people. Find people that believe in you and your work. Be patient."