Sultana Aschim ’08, owner of Sultana Maria Jewelry, was featured in Handmade Philly, an independent collective that encourages artists, crafters and designers to join Greater Philadelphia’s growing network of professional and amateur artists. Praised for her eco-friendly design that merges traditional aesthetics with an industrial edge, Aschim notes that she still uses the techniques she learned while earning a BFA in Metals and Jewelry from Arcadia University and gains her inspiration from her urban environment.
Is there a specific kind of aesthetic you are going for?
Yes. I am not a dainty girly girl at all…. I do love my dresses and tall heels, but I love the grungy vibe (tattoos, abstract designs, city life.) All the chain I use is oxidized (darkened to give my line a more organic feel.) I’m a rocker girl; I like loud music and I feel that my boho, gypsy rocker soul has adopted my jewelry collection.
How do you find inspiration for developing new design ideas?
I get my inspiration from the objects I find. Right now most of my jewelry is made from rocks, feathers, and recycled bullet shells that I gather at indoor shooting ranges. I’m always wandering antique and flea markets to pick up new pieces to recreate in my work.