It’s easy to get stuck on Cat Ivins’ locket necklaces – and not just because they’re magnetic. They’re handcrafted from recycled steel auto parts and personalized with quirky graphics created by Cat and other indie artist collaborators. The look is clean and simple, with an easy industrial vibe.
Cat creates the Polarity lockets at her Olive Bites Studio in New Jersey (it’s named after her dog Olive — although Olive no longer bites). The lockets measure about 1 inch in diameter and have room inside for a picture or tiny memento. The magnetic lids are interchangeable, so you can get a new look in an instant.
Each themed set has a story behind it. Cat partners with independent artists who customize their photos, paintings, and mixed-media creations for reproduction at a locket-sized scale. Packaged in a lightweight tin and cotton drawstring bag, each set comes with a 30-inch ball adjustable chain and you get three lids with every set.
Cat’s footprint may be light, but her industrial lockets make a big impression.