Pip Jolley’s Whimsical Nostalgic Jewelry!
Pip Jolley is a UK-based pinup/jewelry designer who is inspired by fragments of tales once told. Breathing life into old and ornate objects Pip prides herself in manipulating found objects to create delicate hybrids of jewellery. Pushing the boundaries of wearability, from silver hair rollers to time capsule cocktail rings Pip is able to express her eccentric mix of abilities in jewellery design by taking all kinds of risks. I was completely psyched on new years eve when I received a cute little Pip Jolley box with her signature silver roller earrings from her 1940’s inspired “Joanne” collection. I was even more pleased when I read the card and Pip explained how I was a big influence on her collection. That alone meant the world to me but I cannot even fathom taking even a little credit for a woman born with such a whimsical and fun imagination. What I love about her “Joanne” collection is that I can relate to paying attention to the details of mid-century women who took pride in grooming themselves from their shades of lipstick to the shapes of their pin curls, from their tiny little compacts and lipstick holders to their half mooned nails. Pip Jolley takes great inspiration as I do with all of these little details people overlook or do not see at first glance. I also love that there is edginess to her designs. If I could walk out every day in rollers, a leather jacket, cat eyes, and red lipstick..I totally would. There is something so sexy and chic about a woman with rollers in her hair, pin-up style with her sassy cat eyes and a sultry red lip. It is a pin-up staple and just never goes out of style. This is why I am so happy to share with you Pip Jolley’s little trinkets of art.
In a time where money was limited, women of the 1940’s had to ‘make do and mend.’ After being told how her grandma would tan her legs with gravy browning and then draw a seam up the back of them to give the illusion of stockings Pip was inspired. These women had a solution to everything; they would even roll their hair using a wooden peg. What couldn’t these women do? Surely they deserved a medal.
When researching into the 1940’s and the way people lived Pip became infatuated by the way women wore their hair and the amount of time they spent perfecting it. Coco Chanel once said
‘I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.’
It seems that in a times of depression women will always take pride in their appearance. In a time that was deprived of many things Pip was shocked at the amount of tools that were readily available to aid women in creating particular hairstyles.
Influenced by Mah Rana’s gold comb Pip has created a collection that focuses on the before rather than the after. Giving the women of the 1940’s the medal they truly deserve. If at all times women are expected to look their best then if they have to pop to the shop in their hair rollers they should be the most glamorous hair rollers they own. (Via Pip Jolley)
Pinups all over the world are raving about Pip‘s jewelry and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the future.
Huge thank you to Pip Jolley for creating such a wonderful collection of nostalgic jewelry and gracing my ears with one of her pieces. I cannot wait to wear them and show the everyone the world of Pip Jolley❤