At FIGG Studio, every piece of jewellery is one-of-a-kind, just like you.
Founded by Toronto-based artist and jewellery designer Magda Opas, FIGG Studio pieces are handmade in small batches from polymer clay,
“My primary medium is polymer clay as it is lightweight, durable, and malleable – offering endless design possibilities. All FIGG Studio pieces are handmade by me, in small batches or customized individually for you!” said Magda Opas. “I believe jewellery can be such a simple, accessible, yet deeply transformative part of how you present yourself and build your story – not just externally, but internally as well.”
Drawing inspiration from art, folklore and theatre, Magda’s creative process centres around themes of capturing movement and creating depth, with each piece depicting its own unique story.
“Since early childhood, I have been fascinated with folklore, mythology, and the magic of storytelling. I wanted anyone wearing my pieces to feel bold, unique and connected to their most authentic self,” said Magda. “In fact, someone told me that you can tell that there’s a story in each one of my pieces – so that meant a lot.”
What’s the story behind FIGG Studio?
I’ve always had slightly restless hands and have tried any art or craft I came across – none of them took over my life the way jewelry making did.
I came across polymer clay, my current primary medium and was a bit of a Pandora’s box situation – I couldn’t stop creating. I had been looking to make some changes in my life, so when the pandemic threw a wrench in my career trajectory, I decided to see where the current took me. And here I am!
Since the beginning, FIGG Studio has been about coming home to myself – rediscovering my old loves, those deep-rooted interests that I had when I was young and much more fearless, but pushed away as we got older. I love that jewelry can be such a simple, accessible, yet deeply transformative part of how you present yourself and build your story – not just externally, but internally as well.
What inspired the name?
Since early childhood, I have been fascinated with folklore, mythology, and the magic of storytelling. I wanted anyone wearing my pieces to feel bold, unique and connected to their most authentic self. These are two foundational pillars of my creative process, and I wanted the name to reflect this.
The fig fruit can be found in many creation stories, mythologies and sacred texts all over the world. The fig fruit has watched the centuries go by, breathing life into the stories of old, a sweet relic of the past. Combined with the name of the powerful Norse goddess Frigg, we find ourselves with a simple name, that pays homage to the power of the stories we tell – FIGG.
What’s the process behind designing and making your jewelry?
Everchanging is the answer! I’m constantly learning, experimenting and improving – I don’t think that journey ever ends, nor do I want it to!
Sometimes I sketch out my designs and sometimes I just have a vague idea in my head and work it out directly with the medium. The prototyping takes time because the jewelry needs to be functional as well as beautiful. All my jewelry is made by hand by me in my studio, so there is no speeding up the process – each piece takes hours or days to make, depending on the complexity.
What’s your favourite thing about being a maker and small business owner?
First and foremost, I get to work with my hands and have my pieces worn by incredible, wonderful people all over the world. That in and of itself is such a dream and privilege.
I also get to be myself, unapologetically. There’s so much pressure, worry and doubt in working for yourself – but I’m free to build what my day, week, month looks like. I can build a life for myself without diluting who I am to fit into corporate expectations.
What’s some feedback you’ve received from happy customers?
Someone told me that you can tell that there’s a story in each one of my pieces – that meant a lot.
I also had a client tell me that they wear a particularly bold pair of my earrings when they’re in a meeting with slightly intimidating older men – you can’t beat that as far as compliments go.
Future plans for FIGG Studio?
We’ll see! I’m open to wherever this journey takes me. I will keep making my art and connecting with those who love it.