Sophia Readling is the sole designer, maker and creator of StudioSophiaSophia, a color enthusiastic jewelry brand that caters to the lovers of bold adornment. Sophia draws inspiration from her impressive collection of patterned garments, freshly cut citrus fruit, mismatched socks, flea markets, shapes, shadows, summer memories, day dreams, rainbow makers, Cirque Du Soleil, CocoRosie, trolls, homemade haircuts, nail polish, paintings, self-portraits, mobiles, textiles, Zumba, Marjorie Schick, Art Smith, 60's modernist jewelry, The Memphis Group and most importantly, COLOR!
With these inspirations in mind, Sophia hand-fabricates and casts metal into simple shapes that are thoughtfully placed and dangled off each other, then filled with resin. Using a high quality, clear resin, she hand-mixes powder pigment and acrylic paint to get the color, giving her the ability to choose from endless combinations as well as work with clients to create their dream palettes.
After receiving a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, she went on to work for a fast-paced fashion jewelry company in Midtown Manhattan. Her unhappiness in the world of mass produced beads led her to the decision to return to graduate school. She received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012.
Sophia’s handcrafted statement pieces are known for their unapologetic use of loud color and bold shape and can be viewed as wearable small paintings meant for starting conversations...not for wallflowers. Her work has a unique voice that empowers the wearer with shape, confidence and color; It is definitely not for everyone, but embodies everything about her spirit and vision, something she trusts is important as an artist. She is currently living and working in Upstate, NY.