Los Angeles designer and artist featured in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, Charlotte Kruse, brings Sweet Evie, a fresh take on timeless elegance in her bold and original accessories and jewelry to the Phish scene.
To all who have known her, the remarkable artistic and design talents of Charlotte Kruse have been evident since her earliest years.
Sweet Evie is a one-woman show, running the website, accounting, sales, tradeshows, not to mention the creation of the jewelery and accessories. Charlotte has found herself most “in the moment” when she’s creating and has come up with a way to make a career out of this. This is what she loves to do: whether it be painting or designing t-shirts for Phish shows or costumes or jewelry, being creative and artistic is who Charlotte is.
Charlotte is inspired by everything around her – nature, texture, color, fashion, history art, music and love. Sweet Evie is the most joyful expression of all this inspiration. She designs for women/girls, statement pieces and jewelry that you can wear everyday. Using all kinds of non-traditional jewelry materials – feathers, recycled leather, vintage pins and buttons, and hand dyed-silks, Charlotte personally handcrafts everything herself.
Her work has a hippie vibe, but her work has gotten more refined over time using gold, semi–precious stones, silk, so much that her work could be considered “luxury hippie“. Her art ties into the whole bohemian fashion movement, and from Charlotte’s point of view, “without intention, this is literally what I want to wear and know there are a lot of other people out there from teenagers to older women, who share this aesthetic!”
Charlotte started early because of Phish and in the Phish lots: “I really started working in the fashion industry BECAUSE of phish…I have always made clothing and costumes for myself, but going to phish shows prompted me to design and create clothing/art for sale and for other people. So I think that’s the link in to Phish”
“I no longer actually sell stuff at Phish shows, but man, when I first started making pants and shorts and skirts I sold the shit out of them on Phish lot, my friends have all saved their Chutzhead clothing and like to bust it out to show me when I visit (Chutzhead was the name of the clothing line from back then..I think I still have some stickers or business cards around, so long ago!!) I definitely got top dollar for what I was making and was creating something that was way way different from the other kind of patchworky stuff you’d see out there”
Unique, innovative and stylish, Sweet Evie accessories and jewelry pieces are coveted by all who see them!
Visit Charlotte and Sweet Evie at www.sweetevie.com