What is your name? Where are you from?
My name is Jonelle Maira and I am originally from Rochester, NY but I've spent 1/3 of my life living in NYC which is where I first started this label.
Tell me about Poison Apple! How did you come up with the name?
The name seemed to perfectly describe the style of my jewlery, it is something feminine but with an edgy side. Girly and tough at the same time, so Poison Apple seemed to sound right for the look and aesthetic of my website.
Is this a full time endeavor or part time hobby? How long have you been running PoisonApple?
It started out as a hobby to do on the side while I was working full time at other jobs, with the intent to turn it into a full time endeavor if things started to go my way. It is currently my full time job. I first started selling on my website (http://poisonapplenyc.com) under the name Poison Apple in 2003. I later joined etsy to use as another outlet to have my designs seen.
Describe your creative process. Where do you get your materials? What are some of your inspirations?
I am inspired by all kinds of things but I'd say I mainly concentrate on being aware of what is currently on trend and working with that to come up with pieces that are in style but also my own in some way. I take note of what jewelry trend seems to be selling well and what is popular by reading magazines and blogs and keeping up with runway shows by perusing style sites. I have a little notebook that I jot down all my ideas in and sometimes I'll sketch out a quick design so I don't forget it later. Then I basically just pull out all the materials I'll need for that particular design and I'll make it. Some ideas take a while to feel finished while others come together easily. And because most of my pieces are one of a kind, I use a lot of vintage materials that I source out from various places.
I noticed you were formally trained at NY’s FIT! How did you become interested in design?
I've always been interested in design since I was a little girl, it had always been my dream to go to "art school" in NYC and one day become a designer of some sort. Jewelry had always been a passion of mine and it all came together sort of organically over time.
Why jewelry over clothing?
I think of jewelry as “mobile art” because each individual piece is one of a kind and unique and the people wearing it are walking around and it is getting seen by different people every day. So it is like art that's traveling around to a new audience each time it is worn.
What kind of girl do you imagine wearing your pieces? How often do you wear your own designs?
I'd imagine the girl who wears my pieces is very into fashion and has a unique sense of style. She probably likes to make her outfits unique by accessorizing with bold statement jewelry and she enjoys knowing that her friends can never have the same one because it's one of a kind. I wear my own jewelry from time to time, but mostly I wear pieces that I created specifically for myself.
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[[UPDATE 06/08/10]] Thank you for participating in the AlphaBetaChic x PoisonAppleNYC Fashion Giveaway! The giveaway and comments section are now closed. Please check out this week's giveaway :)
[[UPDATE 06/09/10]] The lucky winner was Jenn! Congratulations!