thisilk

Vintage lace statement jewelry

Montreal, Canada
| 7,006 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

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Welcome to This Ilk, the original lace jewelry shop! Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, body jewelry and more, handmade with love in Montreal, Canada, since 2008.

Je parle aussi français!

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Read my "featured seller" interview here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/featured-shop-this-ilk/

If you're into vintage lace or the mod 1960's (think Edie Sedgwick) and are looking for some lightweight extraordinary dangling earrings, necklaces, harnesses... you're in the right place.

Each piece is carefully crafted into wearable art in limited quantities in our Montreal studio. Sourcing rare fabrics, designing, hand dyeing, meticulously treating against fraying, stiffening, hand sewing, and assembling are all part of the process. The sheen and softness of the lace is preserved wherever possible. Due to the nature of our production method, each item may vary slightly. Most of the pieces are limited editions as they are created from vintage lace as well as other vintage or exotically sourced materials.

Most hooks are silver or gold plated brass and they happen to be the only ones that don't give me an infection (they are nickel free) so I do recommend them... I can also provide clip-ons, gold-fill or sterling silver for anyone who doesn't have their ears pierced or have severely sensitive ears.

*Wholesale and custom colors available when possible... Don't hesitate to ask any questions!

Announcement

Last updated on 06 Dec, 2020

♥NEW free standard (NO TRACKING) shipping to Canada & USA. ♥
♥TRACKED shipping upgrades available at checkout. ♥
Make sure you select a shipping upgrade option if you would like to be able to follow your package's whereabouts. If there is no tracking on your package, there is no information available to us as to when your package will arrive or where it is at any given moment. We offer this option so you can save a little on shipping costs though it gives us a bit more worry and more work responding about shipping delays. Please consider this when selecting your shipping option. Many thanks!

Welcome to This Ilk, the original lace jewelry shop! Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, body jewelry and more, handmade with love in Montreal, Canada, since 2008.

Je parle aussi français!

♥ Join This Ilk on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/this.ilk
♥ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter @thisilk
♥ Visit our website at www.thisilk.com

Read my "featured seller" interview here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/featured-shop-this-ilk/

If you're into vintage lace or the mod 1960's (think Edie Sedgwick) and are looking for some lightweight extraordinary dangling earrings, necklaces, harnesses... you're in the right place.

Each piece is carefully crafted into wearable art in limited quantities in our Montreal studio. Sourcing rare fabrics, designing, hand dyeing, meticulously treating against fraying, stiffening, hand sewing, and assembling are all part of the process. The sheen and softness of the lace is preserved wherever possible. Due to the nature of our production method, each item may vary slightly. Most of the pieces are limited editions as they are created from vintage lace as well as other vintage or exotically sourced materials.

Most hooks are silver or gold plated brass and they happen to be the only ones that don't give me an infection (they are nickel free) so I do recommend them... I can also provide clip-ons, gold-fill or sterling silver for anyone who doesn't have their ears pierced or have severely sensitive ears.

*Wholesale and custom colors available when possible... Don't hesitate to ask any questions!

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About thisilk

Sales 7,006
On Etsy since 2009

Industrial Design, Edie Sedgwick and lace...

After a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design in 2007, and a little existential questioning, I needed a change.

A big one.

So after nearly 20 years of long hair, I decided to chop it off into an unconventional retro bowl cut. Knowing that a touch of femininity would be lost together with my long locks, I turned to the era of awesome short dos with women who knew how to pull them off, the 1960s... More precisely, I was struck by Andy Warhol's muse, Edie Sedgwick's amazing style. Extra large statement jewelry and bold make-up seemed to do the trick so off I went looking for a way to mimic a pair of Edie's earrings which although they were not made of lace, reminded me of fabric. And that is how it all started...
A stroke of genius, as I soon realized that lace is to textiles what gold is to metals and diamonds to rocks and that nothing beats lightweight statement earrings!

Today, the hair has grown again but the passion for statement pieces never fades. This Ilk was born in late 2008 and has come a long way since. With help from believers in my art at various stages along the way, This Ilk has managed to become my life and full time job.

Working alone in my Montreal studio I developed my own techniques. Cutting, dyeing, treating the lace so it doesn't fall apart, stiffening it strategically and precisely for structure, painting and assembling the various jewelry pieces, are all part of the process. I do not cut any corners as good design and quality are what counts. Another part of the challenge is seeking out the lace, that will inspire new pieces or fit my designs, from a variety of sources (mostly vintage). Always rethinking the definition of jewelry itself, the idea of body jewelry was born when I inadvertently placed a necklace on my shoulder. Skirting the fine line between jewelry and clothing, leggings and a dress also became part of the collection.

Finally, as design at large is my passion, the packaging as well as promotional photography also have my personal touch. In addition to all these aspects of the business, collaborating on photo shoots always makes me happy. Seeing what other artists do with my art is inspiring and motivating...

This Ilk has been featured in various magazines as well as at Montreal's Fashion week and festival. It also won a spot on the "Who's Next" trade show in Paris as well as a large grant with Incognito ( a local company) and Elle Quebec to enable me to expand my business.

By the way... "ilk" means a "type" or "kind"...

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  • Tamara Bavdek

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Graphic Designer

    Following a degree in Industrial Design, Tamara founded This Ilk in late 2008 after designing her first pair of lace earrings in 2006. Inspired by all facets of design, she believes that lace is to textiles what gold is to metals & diamonds to rocks.

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Last updated on 23 January, 2023
Welcome! This Ilk is a small company I have created out of my skills as an industrial designer. Basically, I like to treat everyone how I would like to be treated, and I really like to trust people (I think it makes this world a little better). I also love making ecofriendly efforts as much as possible (concerning packaging, limiting waste and using low impact materials such as water-based glues and giving a second life to certain materials).

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