About Archetype Z Studio
Archetype Z Studio was started by myself - Alia - as a way to explore smaller
scale design work. I have degrees in Architecture from Berkeley and UCLA,
but I've always had an interest in smaller scale design like product and
jewelry design. Whereas in architecture one often spends years
developing a single design for a single client, in jewelry design one can
develop multiple designs for (potentially) the masses. The idea that
great modern design can be accessible to all is a powerful and appealing
concept that I can no longer resist.
Archetype Z offers some entirely handmade jewelry (like polyclay designs).
However my work has an increasing focus on digital fabrication like 3D printing and
lasercutting which allow me to create from almost limitless design possiblities. Yet
even with digitally fabricated designs I prefer to have some sort of personal
handling (polishing, sanding, assembling, etc) before passing each item on to its
Beyond the modern architectural influence in my work there is a
definite Middle Eastern influence in some of the items. While those two
influences may seem like stylistic and conceptual contradictions, the reality is that
they have overlapping attributes - geometry, contrasts, attention to detail, etc. It is
those commonalities that I love to explore in my work whenever possible.
To view or purchase my latest work visit:ArchetypeZ.etsy.com
Archetype Z jewelry can sometimes be found at the following
shops and online retailers around the world:
Archetype Z has been featured in the following publications: