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Stephanie Said

Stephanie Said

While not all that many people know of Sydney-based designer Stephanie Said, the ones who do are fanatic. Hers is a name that is breathed rather than spoken.  (Trust me, I've experienced this first hand.)

It's pretty impressive reputation for someone with only two collections under their belt, and whose hobby only morphed into a serious enterprise when their car was written off.   

“I was really passionately in love with art in all its ways growing up and loved making jewellery and clothes for myself,” says Stephanie. 

“Seeing Comme des Garcons, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier, I thought I could really fuse my love for art in design somehow.”

Landing a job with Akira Isogawa the day after she graduated from University with a Bachelor of Fashion and Textile Design was a pretty good start.

While she started out stitching embroidered peonies onto Bonds singlets, Stephanie went on to become Akira’s design assistant for four years, mixing and choosing fabrics and colours, hand dying, making accessories and textiles, and working with embroiderers, printers and fabric makers from all over the world.

A stint with Sydney-based label Chronicles of Never followed, as did a number of small courses in silversmithing – putting her in great stead to transform her craft into a serious enterprise.

Central to all of Stephanie’s designs are hinge mechanisms – and this is no passing obsession. 

“My cardboard model of my first hinged ring was not originally designed to be a hinged ring – it came about when I noticed how beautiful the shapes created were when the cardboard folded up and down on my finger, so I decided to learn how to make a hinge to make that happen.”

Despite each hinge typically taking her between two and four hours to make (and her hinged necklace has 22 of them) Stephanie is hooked.

“I absolutely love how [hinges] give another element to the piece,” says Stephanie.  “ It is so much fun to wear, hearing it move around on you, or being able to play with it.   [The pieces] become extremely tactile and also very interesting objects.”

Stephanie finds it difficult to define her design aesthetic because her pieces can be interpreted in so many ways... Raw, industrial, steampunk, and futuristic all spring to mind.

"I guess, though broad, to summarise I could say my aesthetic is profound elegance with brutalist beauty."