5 Questions: Talking Metal & Muses With Designer Marla Wallerstein

Marlastudio_Detail Scarab © Marla Wallerstein

Marla Wallerstein is an artist /metalsmith designing and producing jewelry and leather accessories under the brand MarLa studio. A life long Chicagoan, she broadcasts to the universe on Instagram @marlastudio, and ships internationally from marlastudio.com. She received her BFA from Washington University St. Louis, and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Stylistically, the rock, fashion and art scene of 1970’s New York is both inspiration and influence.
Why design accessories? 
None of us has skin thick enough for this world. We put on some metal and leather and feel elevated, a bit more prepared for whatever may come.

The honor of seeing my work on other people is deep and never gets old.

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
Gettin’ high on information.

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
I’m super lucky to call Nino Arobelidze my friend – but even if I didn’t know her, her music would enchant me just the same.  I just heard her new single and can’t get enough of it.  Here’s Girl Named Nino, “Heard You, Watched You.”

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I just finished the Fall/Winter jewelry collection, now I’m concentrating on the marketing. Since I do most all the photography I enjoy this aspect almost as much as making the pieces. I’m in love with this new work, it’s a combination of symbolic talismans and design oriented pieces. Right now I’m embarking on my first sizable leather collection for holiday season; between this and the new collection, I’m excited!

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
I’ve always wished I could time travel back to be part of the Warhol Factory scene. I wouldn’t just want Warhol on MY team, I’d want to be on his team, in that place, at that time.

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
Almost (a little teeny bit in my home town, well at least at the Post Office) Famous…. the Sequel.

Horseshoe: Silver ©Marla Wallerstein
© Marla Wallerstein
Large Crescent © Marla Wallerstein
Eye © Marla Wallerstein
Horseshoe Ring © Marla Wallerstein
Rivet ID Bracelet © Marla Wallerstein
On the model: Crescent Moon, Love & Gratitude, Rivet ID Bracelet © Marla Wallerstein
Modern Oval Earrings © Marla Wallerstein
Rivet Cuff Bracelets: Silver and Bronze © Marla Wallerstein
Luck © Marla Wallerstein
Plumb Lines © Marla Wallerstein
Swords and Thorns © Marla Wallerstein