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Designer in the spotlight: Bessie from Terra Moda

What inspired you to start Terra Moda?

Inspiration came through travelling and visiting museums and countrysides and when we wanted to wear something that we couldn’t find in stores. We started creating pieces using natural and organic material, colourful stones and vintage elements. We see the pieces we create as something intimate and as wearable art.


How do you differentiate yourself from other jewelry makers? 

Every jewelry maker has their own style and inspiration. In Terra Moda we create one of a kind pieces, we do not mass produce jewelry. Every piece is unique and customized with handpicked material. Most of the stones that we use are left in their natural state and we sometimes use vintage material for a more classic and eclectic look.


What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to face as an emerging designer? How have you overcome them? 

Being a jewelry designer means two things; that either you do it as a hobby part-time having a regular 9-5 job to support you or you focus your time and energy making and selling jewelry. You have to learn to sell and produce quickly and keep up with trends and fashion but at the same time you have to keep the pieces unique and based on your inspirations. I don’t think a designer will overcome all these challenges because we constantly learn and constantly face new challenges from different sectors of fashion and life.


What are your thoughts on the maker community in Montreal?

The Montreal designers are really unique in the way they express their emotions and art through jewelry and they have nothing to envy from other jewelry makers around the world.

How do you envision Terra Moda in 5 years?

I see Terra expanding and becoming well known.

Thanks Bessie!

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