As an exciting addition to our featured poster family, we are happy to introduce Patti Pagliei, co-creator of Waxing Poetic – a line of artisanal jewelry that makes us swoon. Welcome Patti!
Will you enlighten our readers as to what the Waxing Poetic style/ look is and how to achieve it?
The Waxing Poetic style is relative to the person wearing the jewelry. Each of our designs is really an element of a common language, to be combined and layered on, sort of like pieces of a great story or tiny works of art, to be curated as you see fit. The look is warm, subtle, artisan in feel. These are the tiny treasures of your life, bespeaking your adventures, loves, friends… and the personal style comes from that.
Tell us a bit about your company’s history. What was the inspiration for starting Waxing Poetic?
I started designing jewelry and accessories as a business back in 2001, combining my love of antique fabrications with more current styles. We had a wonderful collection, crafting one-of-a-kind pieces using vintage elements from old chandeliers and scavenged antique jewelry. Then an idea struck; and we introduced the Waxing Poetic line the following year with just 3 charm styles, derived from antique wax seals and the whole slow, deliberate method of communicating with letters and seals. The thought was that there was poetry behind how the alphabet somehow links us together. So often in life, we share icons, talismans, and secrets without meaning to so inspiration came to create a line that lets us connect, this time, on purpose, with a history that is much older than we are.
The name “Waxing Poetic” embraces the nature of your design. You were formerly known as the Pagliei collection. What prompted the company’s name change a few years back?
We spent our first 6 years in business as going here and there with many different concepts in jewelry and accessories, always changing with the season. The one collection that carried through season to season, that customers kept asking for, was Waxing Poetic. It had such classic roots, and stood the test of time. It was then that we realized that the Waxing Poetic collection deserved a life of its own – that the real design DNA we all thrived on was in this concept. So we streamlined the business, and rebranded our company in 2006 as “Waxing Poetic.”
What has been the most rewarding part about running your company?
Turning the romantic notion of making art all day into a business, and being able to work creatively alongside dedicated, talented people. We have a fantastic team of some of the most inventive minds I have ever met… it is a blast every day. I also love how our company has its own extended family; people that love what we do and how meaningful it is to them.
Your designs are inspired by the vintage, antique, and cherished. They are not what one would consider seasonal or trendy. However, what designs can we expect from Waxing Poetic in the near future?
We do many new introductions each year, and are always designing multiple collections at one time. You’ll see additions to our baby and men’s collections, as well as small, keepsake objects coming soon. We’re also really enjoying the further development of some recent themes like our Storybook Pages, Restoratives, and Heart is Your Map collections, and playing off themes of memory, protection and home in new mixed metal fabrications. Our handmade chain collection is sure to expand as well.
Do you subscribe to the philosophy that “less is more” or “the more the merrier”?
For me, it really changes based on the intention. Sometimes a simple, powerful standalone piece is all that is needed; other times, piling it on really works. The great thing about our collection is that the pieces can be worn alone, or combined at will.
What is your favorite Waxing Poetic design or charm combination?
Tough question! It is like asking a mother if they have a favorite child… I love them all!
What are your two top selling charms?
Other than our insignias, I would say the birthstones and mixed metal Wing & Prayer charms.
Do you have a favorite design related blog that you enjoy?
I like to check out 100 Layer Cake to see all the creative ideas couples use to make their Big Day special… especially the stationary and gift elements. I also find myself on Design*Sponge, Peak of Chic and Coolhunting… all really great, among others I just seem to land on.
Waxing Poetic makes a commendable effort to recycle and “be green” in all senses of the term. In addition you have a unique relation to the betterment of global welfare. Tell us more about your connection to the Balinese?
We wanted to use artisanal techniques to make our jewelry, and to make sure it was made in a way that showcased that it is handcrafted, and honored the tradition of metalwork. The Balinese have a long-standing history of silver smithing and wax carving. They are amazing artisans, and their culture is really beautiful. We feel like the precision and care they take into making our jewelry comes through in the finished product, and this really celebrates what our brand is about. We learned early on that we have a responsibility as manufacturers to not only support those that make our goods, but also leave a small footprint behind. The Balinese are a very conscious community, and use the most sustainable methods available in their process.
A gift for you – Giveaway time! Waxing Poetic has offered up their beautiful Fleur de Lis charm to one lucky winner and Layla Grayce is throwing in the winner’s choice of a Waxing Poetic chain! Thank you to Waxing Poetic. Contest rules are as follows:
- By making your everyday extraordinary, your proudest moment, your dreams and stories unfolding, you unleash your own simple and deeply meaningful story with a collection Waxing Poetic charms. Leave a comment in our blog or in this Facebook posting directly below, what your charm of choice would represent and your entered to win the Fleur de Lis! Click here to view the entire Waxing Poetic collection.
Congratulations to Melody Jones of AZ, winner of the Waxing Poetic necklace. We thank Patti from Waxing Poetic for her contribution to our blog. It was a joy having you visit!