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VIDEO: Meet Emerging Designer Anjela Piccard

Anjela Piccard works partly out of her home studio.
Anjela Piccard works partly out of her home studio.
Photo by Mike Eckel

Imagine if Ditta Von Teese, Chrissie Hynde, Olga Khokhlova (Picasso’s first wife), and Frida Kahlo designed jewelry made from old scraps of found metals … you’d have the ingenious work of emerging designer Anjela Piccard, a couture clothing and jewelry designer, painter, teen mom, ex-burlesque dancer, and self-proclaimed eccentric.

Most recently Anjela Piccard’s work is featured in the new Emii and Snoop Dogg video titled "Mr. Romeo." A sexy dancer can be seen wearing one of Piccard’s “Big Ice” pieces, constructed from chunks of acrylic that look like ice cubes.

Piccard says she’s from everywhere and nowhere. Her artistic influences are gathered from every family who’s taken care of her, every person she knows and has worked with, and everyplace she’s lived.

When a young girl was hit by a car and killed in Piccard’s backyard, she painted a picture of the girl’s face, and embedded bits of the smashed windshield, rock, dirt, hair, and blood into the painting, and added it to the work she has titled the Voodoo series.

Death, Catholicism, and Santeria, are all aspects of Piccard’s work. Best known for her “upcycled” jewelry, Piccard works with chopped metals from engine blocks, copper, and acrylic. She often hangs the huge cut and sanded materials from ball chains, which she calls her “punk rock pearls of passion.”

She doesn’t work with sketches, like many artists do; she says she allows the metals to “speak to her,” and out of them something beautiful can emerge.

Piccard looks at everything and everyone as having the potential of being beautiful. “My jewelry, in its way, is made from what you’d call “dead” materials. But I take them, they’re treasures to me, and like Voodoo, which is based in death and re-birth, I bring the metals back to life,” Piccard says.

In the fall, Piccard will begin directly incorporating death and re-birth into her jewelry by working with animal bones.

It’s difficult to imagine Piccard staying in San Diego as fast as her career is progressing, but she says she’s cultivated projects here and she wants to stay to see them grow.

Piccard feels like the definition of success is to simply keep going on. “One of the things I learned from my days as a burlesque dancer was that the show must go on. It’s how I look at life. We all get slapped down, but it’s important to get up and continue on. We all aspire to wake up and laugh,” Piccard says.