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Canadian artist Arielle de Pinto treats metal like fiber and crochets fantastical sheaths and adornments. A graduate of Concordia University, de Pinto developed her unique technique over the course of her studies in textiles and printmaking.

More akin to wearable art than haute jewelry, de Pinto’s work combines the essence of handicrafts with contemporary materials and a loose, unstructured aesthetic. With a background in printmaking, the designer had no formal training in jewelry design. She learned to crochet by following the instructions off a Susan Bates crochet hook package — luckily for the legions of young and avant-garde, de Pinto felt more attraction to metal (burnished gold, hammered silver) than yarn.

Read the Cool Hunting interview here.