Words by Arielle M. Myers
Androgyny's heritage, inspiration & values
Courtney and Jerad Bensik, a husband and wife duo in Los Angeles by way of Colorado, make up the creative team behind jewelry and home goods line Androgyny. The unisex jewelry collections reflect the couple’s experience growing up among the natural wonders of the American west, and the industrious mindset they have adopted as makers as a result of their surroundings and the culture of hard work.
“All the work we create is inspired by our Colorado roots. I spent countless hours in the shop with my dad from a very young age asking him to make me jewelry from his scrap metal pile, and Jerad's dad would bring back elk teeth from his hunting trips that would later be turned into jewelry. The ingenuity we picked up from all those years of interacting with nature and spending time with family shaped our creative spirits.”
Androgyny's unique factor: Pretty x Gritty
Using nontraditional materials like nails and keys in combination with raw crystals, a favorite of the gypset crowd, Androgyny pieces are perfect for stacking and mixing to achieve a balance of pretty and gritty. The balance between masculine and feminine energies, a natural progression of Courtney and Jerad’s partnership, makes Androgyny unique.
“Androgyny came from the idea that we are creating a traditionally feminine item out of material with a masculine energy, and we wanted a name that reflected our collaborative process. On a larger scale, we believe that gender is a spectrum, and that the lines of what's 'masculine' and what's 'feminine' are blurring more and more. We have always found the beauty in the blend of both. We want our designs to encompass that idea.”
Androgyny's newest collection: Fractured Earth
An ode to the hard edges of the dry rocky formations along the stretch of US Highway 40 between California and Colorado.
The shine of the metal against the rough edges and deep cracks on the surface of the piece mimics the wear of the elements on the land. Just as the organic cracks and fractures in Earth's surface tell the history of how each region was shaped, the roughly hewn surface of each Androgyny piece will tell the story of its inception in the heart of the country and fabrication at its edge.
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