Artifacts is an independent jewelry line based in New York City by designer Casey Perez. Consciously designed and locally made, her line of modern, sculptural pieces aims to bring imaginative, artful design and sustainable craftsmanship together. Modern yet playful, Artifacts is a celebration of form that aims to bring inspiration and delight to the everyday.
HOW IT’S MADE
Believing in the value of good craftsmanship and creating a connection to the material, Casey designs and makes every piece in her Brooklyn studio. Designs are developed by hand utilizing a variety of traditional techniques such as lost-wax casting, hammering and forming which lends a personal touch to every piece. With local production and sustainability in mind, all pieces are cast locally in NYC by family run castors using recycled, conflict free metals. This also allows greater control over the quality and ensures the integrity of each and every piece. Pieces are made to order using zero to low waste processes to reduce environmental impact and avoid overproduction and waste. Leftover metal scraps are recycled or melted down to reuse in new designs.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Born and raised in Texas, Mexican-American designer Casey Perez found her way to jewelry unexpectedly. After moving to New York to study at NYU, she stumbled upon a metalsmithing course at her school where she learned centuries old jewelry making techniques to transform raw materials and bring her ideas to life. It was this alchemical process that immediately drew her to jewelry and inspired her to embark on a new path. Largely self-taught, Casey honed her skills through years of practice as well as working for companies like Pamela Love,Urban Outfitters and Madewell. Casey’s love of art and design greatly informs her work, drawing inspiration from an artful lexicon of influences ranging from modernist architecture, the Bauhaus and Memphis movements, to Swedish minimalist furniture. The results are unique handcrafted pieces that are at once visual explorations and intimate expressions.