ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lucia Beatriz Marti always enjoyed window shopping as a little girl – especially in jewelry stores. Her mother, former hand model and lover of jewelry herself, would try on the most beautiful pieces. After attending the Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in Jewelry Design and a minor in Accessory Design, she can now create those pieces she was once mesmerized by.
As early as her Freshman year, Lucia participated in the SCAD Fashion Show in collaboration with senior fashion student Carmela Osorio Lugo. Their work was featured on Teen Vogue, Fashionista, Elle and WWD. Later, they were invited to present at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Panama. Since then, Lucia has been found of collaborating with other designers. Last summer, she worked with CFDA member Monica Sordo. Helping out with her and stylist Nausheen Shahs’ collaboration for Net-A-Porter.
Other female artist such as Iris Van Herpen and Zaha Hadid have always been an inspiration to her. Breaking the barriers of technology and design. Lucia is also driven by exploration through technology, designing modern pieces with a sense of timelessness. “Jewelry is supposed to last forever, its design should also follow.”
For her senior thesis, she created the “Genome Collection”, inspired by the advances in science and technology in the field of genetics. This collection was created using the latest softwares for Computer Aid Design and 3D printing. Embracing technology while still being grounded in genetics. Incorporating Tahitian pearls, which have DNA of their own.
Lucia’s training in Accessories Design allowed her merge it with jewelry. Making a 40” belt made out of sterling silver and Tahitian pearls. This one of a kind chain can also be worn as a statement necklace. It also features a pair of sunglasses with hardware also made out of silver.
While creating her display at the jewelry design building at SCAD, she reminisced over those days she’d go window shopping. Grateful for such an amazing experience at said institution. Hopeful for the future.