I first met Chelsea Klungel at 379’s An Artist AfFair this past December.
In this time her feather wares from Fancy Free Feather Jewellery has taken off, and now you can find a variety of savvy locals sporting her goods.
Fancy Free Feather Jewelry (Or triple ‘F’ as I like to call it… I know, I’m the only one) offers an array of accessories: short and long earring, bracelets, hair clips, buttons, headbands etc.
Since her work is being so well received she would like to look to doing more contract pieces for weddings and special occasions.
Chelsea has always been a handy girl, going back to high school when she did welding. But it was just recently she discovered her passion for creating accessories.
She began in December while she was visiting a friend in Alberta who makes earrings. “I just wanted to make a few for myself, I had no idea if could be a business venture at the beginning. It turned out perfectly as it’s tricky to find a job (as a student),” she explains.
Her hobby business blossomed out of something she already loved, birds!
“I love birds – learning their calls, bird watching, taming – you name it!” Chelsea laughs. “Anything that comes from animals I feel connects us more with the earth, and obviously feathers are gorgeous as they are used to attract a mate – much like tube dresses and stripper heels.” Now I will permanently have the image of a peacock strutting around in fishnets and clear heels – thanks for the analogy, Chelsea!
A lot of feather accessories available today are massed produced and therefore all look the same. The great thing about Fx3 jewellery is that each piece is as unique as the buyer. This is because Chelsea steers away from buying feathers in bulk. She searches for feathers in Toronto, online – she even gets some straight from the source.
“I have got a few pheasants, dead, from a farm and de-feathered them. Tip: wear a mask, all those little feathers will get up in your nose,” Chelsea muses.
And now at The Met, Fancy Free Feather Jewellery is showcasing feather extensions. I regrettably have not picked some up yet, but it is on my to-do list before my summer events and concerts.
“I loved the idea of a permanent feather accessory that basically integrates itself into your everyday look. Who doesn’t wanna look like a rockstar-just sayin’.”
So is she worried the feather fad will die out soon? “For now I will stick with feather, but I could see my accessories taking on a new form once the feather craze dies down – pipe cleaner jewellery, perhaps?” she jokes. Chelsea is the one gal I could see leading the pipe cleaner revolution and I would be behind it 100 percent!
So if you want to look like a rock star head down to The Met and visit Chelsea at Fancy Free Feather Jewellery – you will fall in love!
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