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A exciting new collaboration between artist Nina Torr and designer Tharien Strydom has marked the start of something quite special. We're talking about LOMA Studio: a new-age jewellery design outfit using playful shapes to create statement pieces. The merging of these two talented creatives has resulted in a range that's unique and unlike anything we've seen before – unisex, wearable pieces of art that would elevate even the most simple of outfits. Here we find out more about this dynamic collab. Firstly, how did you two meet? Nina: We met at the co-working studio Moederskip in the heart of Pretoria a few years ago (2011). Tharien was overseeing a gallery/store where I had some artworks up. What brought about your collaboration? Tharien: To give some background as to what we usually do – I run the laser-cutting studio Swagger Collective and Nina is an illustrator. I approached Nina about a possible collaboration about a year ago, but we had no idea what form it would take. At first we thought it might be decor-related, but after chatting a bit we decided to try out jewellery. We were both a bit tired of jewellery that is very obviously laser-cut, but at the same time it’s such an incredible resource, so we set about trying to make use of the machine as a tool, rather than a style – in a way, trying to disguise the laser-cut quality a bit.Academie. Jean-Louise always wears these epic neckpieces on stage and we saw Alex wear a small Adriaan Kuiters brooch, which we found quite striking. We started wondering what other jewellery would be suitable for men, so we looked at military attire as a starting point, which is where the lapel/external shoulder pad came from. We offered to make stage jewellery for Academie if they’d model for our shoot, so it’s been a nice exchange. While we were doing the photoshoot with Rita-Mari Ludike we also started playing around more with who wears what in order to make the photos interesting. After a while we realised that it’s up to the person whether they want to wear it or not, so it’s unnecessary to limit the designs to specific genders. What kinds of emotions would you like those who wear your pieces to experience? Tharien: We’ve often heard the term 'you should wear the clothes/jewellery, they shouldn’t wear you', but we quite like the idea of jewellery wearing you. Some of the pieces are statement pieces that start conversations. They’re nice for days when you’re feeling confident, or want to feel confident. They might transform a plain T-shirt into something exciting. Other pieces are more subtle and simply strengthen clothing that is already interesting. We like thinking of jewellery as a kind of armour. It might mask the way you feel or emphasise it. It depends on what you need to help you through the day. Facebook and Instagram.