NEW graphic stripes collection dropping soon!
Keep your eyes peeled. This colourful collection featuring graphic glitter stripes, geometric shapes and fluoro fringe launches in June. Photo by Weronika Karczewska modelled by Sophie Kitten Clothing
This is me, bec. I studied Textiles and Surface Design at BCUC, back in 2001-2004. Since then i have worked at a swatch studio and for a couple of fashion/textile agents in London, designing prints and embroideries for womenswear. More recently i held a key role at a very small rave wear label, who hand finish all their products using an exciting array of techniques, involving hand mixed UV REACTIVE RUBBERS, screen and vinyl printing. I currently run dAKOTA rAE dUST full time.
Vintage floral bedsheet
Friend's and fellow makers often donate unwanted fabrics and textile off cuts for me to repurpose. I am currently creating a jewellery range that features this print.
Vintage floral fabric jewellery
This COLOURFUL TEXTILE JEWELLERY range was inspired by and includes, pieces of vintage floral fabric, kindly donated to me by a friend who once worked as a textile designer. The bright orange, neon red, glittery purple and pale lilac POP against the dark floral print in bib necklaces and a selection of earrings
STATEMENT EARRINGS in Summery shades
I’m a firm believer in colour’s ability to lift mood, and that dressing to please ourselves can be empowering and confidence building. I want to create jewellery and accessories that bring all these benefits to the wearer.
Metallic gold and silver work beautifully with the recycled monochrome printed fabrics that i sourced for last year's Christmas collection. The fabrics in this collection came from charity shop sale rails and the textile recycling centre in Bristol, which sadly no longer runs kilo sales. Many of these fabrics were once high street dresses and skirts, discarded once the season is over.
My market family
I sell my statement jewellery, recycled fabric rosettes and embellished sweatshirts regularly at The Frome Independent and several other markets and craft events including The Tobacco Factory Sunday Market, Native Makers, Etsy Made Local and Crafty Fox. My work can also be found in a select few Independent shops around Bristol and my sister in (UN)law's cafe, Jackalope on Gloucester road. Photograph by Sarah Brittain Edwards, taken at Native Makers Market Plymouth
Hand cut, hand stitched
The limited availability of the second hand fabrics i use and slow construction techniques means every piece is limited edition. I make every item myself in my Bristol home studio. Hands at work - dakota rae dust
bec a.k.a dakota rae dust
This is me wearing a pair of my neon orange statement tassel earrings. My work is playful and bold and in some cases has quite a theatrical element to it. This means my pieces are often bought for special occasions or to wear at festivals where people really want to stand out.
Textile Jewellery by dakota rae dust
I studied textiles and surface design at Uni and continue to use stitch and fabric focused techniques when designing and making my jewellery. Photo by Weronika Karczewska taken at my desk
Featuring recycled fabric applique panels
Many of my sweatshirt embellishments feature recycled fabric applique panels. The monochrome printed cotton used in the sweatshirt pictured was rescued from the textile recycling centre before being washed and repurposed. Wherever possible i also use recycled jersey as a base for my 2d vinyl printed jewels (the teardrops). This comes from damaged/well worn and no longer wearable sweatshirts or tracksuit bottoms that i donated to me by friends and washed before being repurposed.
Grey and gold embellished sweatshirt with pale blue teardrops and African fabric applique panels
This Grey slouchy fit sweatshirt is embellished with African fabric applique panels, a shiny gold mirror print and pale blue teardrops. These sweatshirts are popular year round as they make stylish Christmas jumpers AND colourful cover ups for chilly evenings in the festival fields.