Studs & Pearls
by Kirsten Nunez · Published by Laurence King
Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Kirsten Nunez, and I am a New York based blogger and DIY fashion author.
Tell us a bit about the book?
Studs & Pearls features 30 DIY fashion tutorials, ranging in type and skill level. There are 4 categories: Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry & Shoes. It's significantly different than your typical DIY book; after each step-by-step tutorial, there are photographs of anywhere from 2-7 finished variations of the project just covered. The variations may differ in type of material or technique, and are just simply ideas to work off of the main tutorial. As a result, there are a total of 130+ project ideas in the book - plus street style photos to accompany many of the projects. The styling is very studs vs. pearls...a mix of edginess and girliness.
What was the inspiration behind it?
When I first met with one of my editors, Helen, I was determined to pitch a book idea that was different than the usual. There are so many DIY books and blogs out there! I stand very strongly behind the concept that DIY projects can be endlessly personalized and customized. There really are no rules, despite the steps in a tutorial. One small change can completely alter the finished vibe, and it all comes down to the person who makes it. I've always been fascinated at how a person's personal history, preferences & tastes will culminate in a unique creation. Helen and I eventually came to this idea of presenting variations of each DIY in order to emphasize just how much one idea can be personalized.
Which is your favourite project?
It's a tie between the Painted Floral Clutch (inspired by a cookie decorating technique) and the Beaded Circle Necklace (using beads and ordinary key chain rings). Both projects are prime examples of everything can be an inspiration.
What is your craft space like?
When I was working on the book, it was admittedly a hot mess! These days, it's much more organized. I find that keeping all of my supplies in respective boxes, etc. helps me think clearly. I have a desk and a larger folding table that's perfect for photographing projects and what not. Everything has a place. I'm always listening to music!
Have you always been creative?
For as long as I can remember. My earliest memories and thoughts as a child involve making things.
When did you first start crafting?
When I was very young, possibly around a few years old. I'm fairly sure that the first thing I ever made was a sleeping bag for one of my dolls!
Who are your crafty heroes?
Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess are super inspiring.
Where do you find inspiration?
Absolutely everywhere - nature, history, vintage publications, magazines, the Internet. Sometimes even food, and often music.
What's next for you?
Currently, I'm looking to start working full time in women's lifestyle digital media/publishing - something that can combine my love for both creative style and health (I went to school for Nutrition). I'll also still be plugging away at Studs & Pearls, sharing projects and new ideas.
The concept of DIY has transformed consumer culture, most notably in the fashion industry. Fueled by the current state of the economy, fashion lovers have turned to DIY projects for an inexpensive, personalized means of dressing themselves. The process of creating and altering clothing and accessories highlights the artistic expression of fashion, as opposed to its monetary value.
Studs and Pearls features 30 tutorials for customized clothing, accessories, jewelry, and shoes, with clear step-by-step instructions accompanied by detailed photographs. The projects are easy to make and don't require specialist sewing skills. Inspiration photographs feature variations of the tutorials, emphasizing how readers can truly personalize their creations. Stylish and hip, the projects will appeal to a young readership interested in fashion and saving money.