We visited the charming and talented Miranda Watson in her Brooklyn studio last week. It was such a treat to see her inspirations first hand and get behind the scenes of the whole Millicent operation.
Miranda grew up in Western Canada, dividing her time between the mountains, the lakes, and the cities. After moving to New York in 2010 she found new inspiration in the city’s iconic vintage architecture, bridges, & seamless mix of old. These themes, paired with her curiosity towards nature & the comfort of it’s imperfections, create a world of dichotomies typical in her design aesthetic.
After an internship with a large scale jewelry design house she decided to attend the reputable jewelry school, Studio Jewelers, in Midtown Manhattan. Here, she learned the deeply traditional methods Metalsmithing & Diamond Setting techniques. She also discovered a love of Lost Wax Carving and the subsequent excitement of seeing it brought to life in metal.
Miranda’s designs are heavily influenced by estate jewelry from the Art Deco, Eduardian, and now after a recent trip to Paris, Art Nouveau periods. She looks forward to launching her collection under her new brand, Mercurial, in the early fall. “My hope is to create pieces that resonate with the taste-makers, risk takers, and wallflowers alike”.
You can purchase (what’s left of) the Millicent Summer collection here (more available in store)
We at Coup are very much looking forward to what’s to come from Miranda! Here are a few behind the scenes snaps (can you spy Coup’s favorite Carven Canteen bag?):
Sweet Stella dog . . . freckles and all, just like her Ma!