Who made your jewellery? I did!


{English post. Leggi la versione italiana qui}

Fashion Revolution’s week is now over: but we all should go on with our revolution all year long. This year too I want to bring my small, humble contribution to spread this global movement, born after a terrible tragedy and raised greatly in the last few years. Last year I wrote a post (you can read it here) where I explained what it is about and I made a list of simple ways to make the difference, each one of us, even with small gestures and behaviours.

This year I want to answer to one of the questions asked by the Fashion Revolution: “Who made my jewellery?” The movement asks the brands more clarity and transparency, suggesting to everyone to buy clothing, accessories and jewellery from those who “put their face on it”, who’s honest with the customers about the origin of their products, who produces in an ethic way (both towards the environment and the employees). Again, it suggests to prefer the reuse and vintage, or artisans and small businesses, who often work in small teams (or as “one-man-show”), with small budgets, in their own country, and with their income they support themselves and their families.

So here I am, officially introducing who’s behind PetiteFraise: only me, Maria 32 y.o., born and raised among Milan, Monza & Brianza in Northern Italy. I studied Foreign Languages & Literatures and I’ve a great passion for designing and making jewellery ✨ In April 2017 I moved to London because I was craving for a “shake” from my everyday, I needed to put my nose outside my universe and challenge myself into a new adventure.

Me now. London, april 2019

Like all children, I've always loved crafts and handmade, and I never stopped. My art teacher from my primary school taught us many techniques, such as cross stitching, glass decoration with glass paints, working with clay, and many others... and thank to her I totally fell in love with crafting! Oh and also thank to my mom, who has always sewn clothing for herself and us :)

Growing up I went on crafting: I learned sewing cushions, and dresses for my dolls, I made bracelets with seed beads and then gave them as gifts to my friends, I made découpage, candles, I sewed ornaments with felt and fabrics... and so on!